How to survive a long layover
By Aimee Heckel
A long layover can leave you feeling seriously stir crazy. But you don’t have to go all Tom Hanks in “The Terminal.”
Here are four ways to survive a long layover in an airport.
1. Explore the airport and learn about all it has to offer. You might be surprised. At some airports, you can get a massage, pedicure and spas (visit Spafinder.com for a list of all of the different airport spas). Singapore’s Changi Airport even offers a nature trail, swimming pool and Singapore’s tallest slide. Naturally, the airport in Las Vegas boasts slot machines.
If you have kids (or you’re young at heart), you will appreciate Orlando International Airport’s kid- and adult-sized seating; game arcade; NASA films; Disney statues; and giant saltwater aquarium. Many airports worldwide offer play areas. Then there is the Pittsburgh International Airport, with its nearly life-size model of a T-rex.
2. Join the club. Many airlines will let you buy a one-day pass to their VIP lounge areas. Join American Airlines’ Admirals Club for $50 and get complimentary alcohol, coffee, tea, light snacks, wifi and even computers, if you didn’t pack your laptop. Depending on how long your layover is, the food and drinks alone may make it work it.
3. Prepare in advance. Pack your carry-on smartly, accounting for the dead time. Bring your laptop if you want to work; download movies that you want to watch; bring your Kindle with a few new books. You might want to bring comfortable clothes and a blanket and see if you can find a quiet corner for some yoga, stretching or light exercise.
Or you could go golfing at the Hong Kong International Airport. Yeah, this airport has nine holes. Heck, forget your laptop; if you’re in Hong Kong, you will want a layover. The airpot offers an IMAX theater.
4. Pack an inflatable pillow if you want to try to catch some z’s, like this inflatable travel pillow for $9.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond. (Tip: Get 20 percent off an item when you simply sign up for e-mails — plus 5 percent cash back from ShopAtHome.com.)
The website SleepingInAirports.com has a list of the best airports for sleeping. It’s no surprise Singapore Changi heads up the list, with its “snooze chairs” and designated napping areas. No more waking up with carpet-prints on your cheek.
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