If you’ve got hours to kill before your connecting flight, or you sadly discover that your flight is delayed, you’ve got no choice but to make the most of your time. Remember Tom Hanks being stranded for months at JFK Airport in his movie, The Terminal? His character certainly made the best of a difficult situation. He met a fascinating flight attendant played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and he also got a full-time job in construction. While your downtime won’t be quite as exciting, you may as well die trying.
Spa It Out
Delays are now commonplace, but fortunately, airports are responding by offering new entertainment options. Spas are the latest fixture in airports across the country, and you may be surprised to learn that their biggest patrons are men. Foot massages are a huge hit for stressed travelers. So whether you want to get your nails done or just get a relaxing massage, you’d be amazed at your options. U.S. airports are planning on adding more and better diversions in the next few years across the nation.
Stretch It Out
If you don’t have enough time for a salon service, you can at least take the time to do some simple stretches before your flight. It’s no revelation that sitting in an airplane for hours can be detrimental to your neck, back, and legs. So don’t sit around before the flight – stretch your body a bit. No one will look at you strangely, because they should be doing the same thing. It’s important to move around before, during, and after your flight to prevent a dangerous condition known as traveler’s thrombosis, which is caused by sitting for prolonged periods.
Treat Your Taste Buds
You don’t want to destroy your diet while waiting at the airport, so you don’t want to go overboard, but it is okay to enjoy a special treat. And your indulgence doesn’t have to be food – it can just be a new beverage you’ve been meaning to try. If you usually drink cappuccino, shake things up and try something else. Try an exotic tea blend instead. You may just find a healthier infusion than your usual standby. If you usually have a cocktail at the bar, why not slow down and sip a glass of wine instead? Alcohol is so dehydrating, so be careful not to overdo it.
Be a Boy or Girl Scout
If you were ever a scout, you know that “Be Prepared” was your scouting motto. When you’re trying to kill time at the airport, you’ll be much happier if you are prepared and equipped for your downtime. Perhaps you normally pack a few books, only to realize at the airport that they’re just no good. This is why investing in an e-reader is a smart move for you. Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers have all come down in price, and they come with free books. The Nook is compatible with your library’s e-pub format, so it may save you money in the long run.
The airport is no longer a dull, drab place. Revel in your downtime and make it an enjoyable leg of your journey.