As soon as the rush of anxiety leaves me at the security check, the excitement rolls in. I’m not sure why the airport excites me so much, but my inner child always comes out. It may be that I’m in a building with people from all over the world, or about to take off on one of the coolest adventures of a lifetime. I have always loved airports, and I practically grew up in one as a kid. When I was younger, my mom worked at the airport for years. She used to take me all around, and the place was magical to me. I still get that exciting feeling when I’m there.
I have traveled a lot in the past couple of years, and I’ve seen a lot of not-so-fun airport moments too. There is nothing worse than having your flight canceled in a connection city, getting stuck on a plane next to someone who has no respect for your personal space or having your flight delayed by hours. Those are the moments you have to plan ahead for just in case.
I can’t help you out with the personal space problem, but I can totally share some of my ideas for how to beat the airport boredom when your flight is delayed or when you get there early. And you should ALWAYS BE early. These are also some tips you can use while you’re on the aircraft heading to your destination!
Download Your Favorite Music & Movies
Never assume the internet is fast enough at the airport for downloads. I’ve made that mistake several times. Before you head out on your trip, take the time to download some new albums, episodes you need to catch up on, and a couple of movies you’ve been wanting to see. I love to download mine on Itunes because you can watch them without the internet connection. I like to download documentaries during flights. They always inspire me.
Before you get to the airport, stop and grab some magazines and a book to throw in your carry on. Do not get sucked into the airport gift stores. There have been many times where I’ve forgotten something to read, and bought expensive books and magazines at the bookstore. I ended up reading the Sky magazine as entertainment a couple of times. I like to bring the Food Network Magazine, Shape Magazine, and Runners World. If you don’t want to carry all the reading material, you can download the App Texture. It has all the magazines you’ve ever hoped for and more. You can read them on your Ipad or Iphone (so don’t forget your chargers.)
Download Games on Your Devices
I play games at night before bed, when I’m waiting in a doctor’s office, and they pretty much consume all of my flight time. I love to set level goals for flights. I like playing Blackjack, doing word searches, and puzzle adventures. One of my favorite puzzle adventures right now is Best Fiends. This game is therapeutic to me because you get to match the same colored objects to defeat the slugs. The slug noises are hilarious. I love strategically coming up with ways to match the colors. So far I’m on level 19, and I just started playing a couple of days ago. I get sucked into the in-game events and challenges too. Best Fiends is a perfect game for the airport and flight because you can play without wifi. It’s totally free and the first 100 readers to download the game will get $4.99 worth of gold and diamonds once they reach level ten! See if you can beat me 🙂You can download Best Fiends for free with this link!
Bring your Work
One of my favorite parts about having extra time at the airport is working. I’ll get to the airport extra early so that I can work. I use this time to edit photos for the blog, write posts, or check all my emails. I sometimes spend hours cleaning out my inboxes. There are coffee shops everywhere in the airport. Find yourself a spot, open up your work and go at it. It helps to put earbuds in; otherwise, you’ll be distracted by the airport surroundings. There are also a lot of charge stations around. I like to find a little spot on the floor to park myself and work. Whenever I leave a press trip, I get most of my recap done while I’m at the airport or on the flight.
Burn Some Calories
This may sound crazy, but I love to track miles at the airport. If I don’t have the right mindset to sit down and work, I’ll pack my backpack, start my mile tracker, and just go for a long walk around the airport. I try to walk as fast as the people running late for their flights. This also helps me release any travel anxiety. Some airports have gyms and yoga studios! You could look in advance to see if your airport has anything like that. When I’m done walking, I’ll find an open spot in my terminal and do some deep stretches. Now, I don’t do this during really busy hours. I usually do it when the airport is empty on a night flight or early morning flight. One time, I walked 6 miles on a three-hour layover.
Try out Signature Restaurants, Coffees, or Wines.
Some cities love to show off what they are known for at the airports. I love stopping through Chicago because I always get Garrett’s Popcorn or Nuts on Clark. And if I’m really hungry, I’ll snag one of their deep dish pizzas. You can try a taste of a city without even stepping foot out the door. Explore the city’s airport and try a signature! You can do some research online before flying into the airports.
Adult Coloring Books
Thank goodness this trend is back. You can find adult coloring books everywhere now! Coloring books are not just for kids. Sometimes it’s used as therapy for adults. Totally bring your Crayolas and coloring books for the trip! You can do this on the flight and in the terminal. If you don’t feel like buying any books, you can print free coloring pages online.
Write Short Stories
This is something my mom used to have us do when we were little kids. It involves a little people watching, but you write little short stories using individuals in the airport as your characters. You can describe what they are wearing, give them a name, a job, and write a story with them. It does sound a bit creepy, but it’s all for entertainment. It allows the mind to imagine and create. One time I turned a man sitting in my terminal into a serial killer, and he just happened to be sitting next to me on the four-hour plane ride. I think I scared myself.
Sometimes my eyes get tired after spending too much time staring at the computer screen. It’s important to give your eyes a break. Bring non-electric entertainment like a Rubik’s cube, crossword puzzles, a deck of cards, checkers (assuming you’re not alone) or easy portable board games. Just don’t smuggle government secrets in with your Rubik’s cube like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Plan, Organize, & Set.
I get inspired to travel while I’m traveling. I usually search AirBnB‘s, hotels, or destinations I’d like to visit. I plan the dates, purchase flights, and set everything up for my next adventure. Sometimes I find myself exploring AirBnB’s for hours. It then leads to binge pinning on Pinterest. You can never go wrong with Pinteresting at the airport. This is also a great place to make and set goals for yourself.
Questions for you!
How do you beat your airport boredom?
Where will your next flight take you?
Have you played Best Fiends before?
This is a sponsored post brought to you by Best Fiends! All opinions are my own! 🙂