Airport Activities

Fun things to do at an Airport during an Extended Layover

The events of the last few weeks stimulated this newsletter. “What do I do when I get to the airport early and quickly to my gate?” “What do I do when I have a long layover?” Now I strongly recommend a long rather than short layover. Rather have you wait than miss!

So what do I do? Some say I read a book, but there are lots of options. First you can get some exercise. Walk.. Most of the airports have long terminals to walk. Some airports and airline lounges even have a fitness center. Or sit down and do a few yoga movements.

Go to a Spa. Often there are day spas nestled inside the airport. A massage, facial or pedicure can be fun.

Of course get a Meal. Airports may not have the best meals but if you check around you may find a gem. Boston’s Logan terminal A has a Legal Seafood, some of the best fish in the area.

Shopping is always available. There are more than t-shirts and books at the airports these days. There is jewelry, electronic gadgets, cosmetics and fine clothing. Treat yourself, someone with a surprise.

Then there are things to do at the airport. Some have a putting green, a museum, or a hotel in the airport for a day sleep!

Someone recently asked me ‘what am I to do in Houston with an eight hour layover?’ It is amazing how quickly the time goes. Visit some of the art around the airport and enjoy a great southern meal. I usually do not recommend departing an airport. But I have with long long layovers. The Space Center might be a fun experience.

Just because the airlines indicate it is a legal connection, does not mean you will make the connection. All one needs is a 10 minute delay and a long distance to the gate. It happened to me in Dallas years ago. Just remember longer is better than shorter; whether arriving extra early or a long connect between planes.

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About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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