No one likes layovers, least of all me. Here are a few tips to make your next one just a little less annoying.
Find a place to sleep in the airport such as a sleeping lounge or a comfy reclining chair. Hey, if you’re sleeping you’re not looking at the clock and letting yourself be otherwise aggravated.
2. Use “Left Luggage” to store your bags
Lugging around your bags while you’re finding something to eat or passing the time with some shopping is a sure way to make your layover more of a hassle. Use left luggage or rent a locker.
3. Wear comfy clothes
Sure you might meet Tom Cruise or the love of your life at your layover, but you don’t need to dress like you’re going to the bar or church when your stuck at JFK or Heathrow. Wear some loose-fitting gear and relax.
4. Have your charging devices
Most airports will have usb outlets you can use, but that won’t help you if you don’t at least have the cord for your iPhone, Android, lappy or tablet. I doubt many of us needed this tip, but hey our devices are essential for layover happiness, right?
5. Make sure you have your essentials
Snacks, toiletries, deodorant, change of clothes, jacket, medication, etc. There’s no guarantee a 2 hour layover won’t turn into a 24 hour delay. Weather and problems with the plane are realities where ever you go.
Chad’s bonus tip: Try actually talking to someone you don’t know
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Why bother traveling if you’re not open to new experiences, including meeting new people? Try talking to someone. If you get rejected, keep playing the numbers game until you meet someone who’s open and friendly. You never know where you’ll find your new best friend, business contact, or lifelong lover. Time flies when you’re syncing with a new and interesting human being.
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