Facing a layover – how to make good use of your time

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Facing a layover – how to make good use of your time

It's often really tempting to try and get a direct flight to your destination when you are planning a trip. You know that having a layover could make flights cheaper but you do not want to be stuck in an airport for hours when you could be checking in to your hotel and starting your well-earned holiday. There is another way of looking at this. Think about starting your holiday as soon as you leave home. This way, you can opt to have a layover and see it as an opportunity rather than a nuisance. Plan what you are going to do during the layover and you will be surprised at just how well you can use the time. Our guest blogger, Leanne Thompson, knows exactly what to do.

Think about leaving the airport

Let's start by saying that if you choose to leave the airport during a layover, you need to be very careful that you do not lose track of time. This can happen, especially if the layover is just a few hours and you are not staying over. You definitely do not want to miss your onward flight. However, if your timekeeping is good, leaving the airport for a while is a good idea. Just make sure that you leave enough time to go through security again when you get back.

Check out what is available at the airport

No matter which airport you are travelling through, you can find standard facilities such as shopping outlets and places to eat. Take a look at what outlets are on site before you travel, so that you do not waste any time when you get there. At Southampton Airport you will find The Globe Bar & Kitchen, a fantastic place to relax and enjoy some food made from high quality ingredients, with dishes to suit all tastes and appetites. 

Catch up on that sleep that you need

Some people are really lucky; as soon as they sit down on a plane they fall asleep. If you are not comfortable enough to do this during the flight, you will probably be ready for some shut eye by the time you get to the layover airport. The good news is that airport seating is usually comfortable. Specialist seating suppliers such as Race Furniture know that travellers want to relax at the airport and they provide furniture which makes it easy to do just that.

Sleeping during a layover only really works well if you are travelling with others as you need to make sure that someone is available to watch your bags. If you are with company then having a nap is a really good idea as it helps you to feel more awake when you reach your final destination.

Make use of the Internet

It's not unusual for the Wi-Fi in an airport to be free to use; even if it's only for a limited amount of time. Never miss the chance to use something that you do not have to pay for. This is the perfect opportunity to get busy online.

  • Check up with work if you need to.
  • Make sure you know what you need to do when you reach your destination.
  • Check out where you want to eat and what you want to see when you get to your destination.
  • Play those online games that you love.
  • Chat to friends on social media.

Remember that your phone or tablet battery is not going to stay charged forever, so either make sure you have a mobile charger with you or check out if there are charging stations at the airport, before you travel.

It's important to always see having a layover as a positive. Think of it as spending some quality time to explore or relax and do not spend every minute you are there wishing you were already at your hotel, or enjoying your first stroll around your destination. All of the time you spend on a layover is part of the holiday that you have paid for, so do not waste it being miserable. When you are doing all of that exciting planning before you leave for your trip, factor in what you are going to do at the layover airport; include it in the fun. Having this attitude means that you can make great holiday memories during the layover in the same way that you can at your final destination; it's all about being positive and making great use of your time.