Let’s face it, you don’t spend the months leading up to your vacation daydreaming about the hours you’re going to spend in the airport. An airline is just something you must deal with if you want to get to your dream beach as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, even the best airlines suffer from delays and cancellations at times.
Although no-one wants to spend more time at an airport than necessary, it’s worth noting that there are a few things you can do to make your flight experience more appealing when you’re struggling with a delay. Here are just some of the ways that you can make the most of that extra time you have before takeoff.
1. Go on a Mini-Adventure
Who says that you need to wait until you arrive at the airport to start your vacation? The moment you arrive at the airport, act like you’re already in explorer-mode and check out what the location has to offer. If you have a layover, you could go on a sightseeing excursion around your airport to find out what the location has to offer. Just make sure that you have plenty of time to get through security again when it comes to boarding your new flight.
On the other hand, you could always take a stroll through duty-free if you don’t have too much time to waste. You’re sure to find an interesting selection of cosmetics, liquor, and chocolates on offer, along with various luxury items that you could treat yourself to while you wait.
2. Relax a Little Bit
Although a flight delay can be a stressful time for any traveler, it’s ultimately up to you how much you’re going to let the disruption bother you. A vacation or trip is the perfect time for a little bit of self-care, so try to find ways that you can relax while you’re waiting for your trip to begin. For instance, try visiting the bar and sampling a couple of wines that you might not be able to get back home.
You could even treat yourself to some delicious snacks while you wait, or fill up on a meal so you don’t have to worry about eating the disgusting airline food. The more fun you have, the less likely you are to hate every moment of your delay.
3. Get Some Work Done
If no matter what you do, you simply can’t relax, then you might as well use your time as proactively as possible. Make sure you pack a portable charging device in your hand luggage and take it with you in case there are no wall-sockets available at the airport.
That way, you can plug into your laptop or phone and send some emails while you’re waiting for your flight. You might not be able to get everything done that you would like to complete, but there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to start your vacation feeling more accomplished and proactive.
4. Find Out What Your Options Are
Remember, you have rights as an airline passenger, and if your travel has been delayed for a reason that isn’t your fault, there’s always a chance that you might be able to claim for refunds or compensation. While you’re wasting your time, you might as well head online and check out the information on the airline website to see what you can do about getting your money back.
On the other hand, you could always try talking to an airline rep over the phone, through email, or on social media to get their insight into the problem. Just remember to stay polite and friendly, this will ensure that you end up with the best chances of getting some free gifts, even if you’re not eligible for compensation.
5. Take a Nap
Finally, traveling can be an exhausting experience at the best of times, and it becomes even more tiring when you’re stuck in an airport, waiting around for someone to tell you that your flight is ready to take off. If you know that you’re not going to be going anywhere for a few hours, then try and find a comfortable place where you can settle down and catch up on sleep.
If you have access to the VIP lounge, then this could be a perfect place to catch up on your beauty sleep. If you haven’t paid for this perk already, then it might be something worth considering now that you have more time to spend at the airport. If you’re going to wait, you might as well do it in style.
*Disclosure – Collaborative Post*