How to spend your time during the transit / connecting flights?

How to spend your precious time during Long layovers / Long haul flights?

Long layovers may seem tedious to some, but they allow you the chance to plan out your travel day. Everyone enjoys travelling, but the true hardship comes when you have to wait for a connecting flight to go to your destination and spend a lot of time in the airport.

And layovers can be a particularly unsettling aspect of flying travel if you have no idea how to spend roughly 5–6 hours at the airport. The following are some suggestions about how to get through and enjoy a protracted layover:

Read a book

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to spend the time is to read a book. Keep a book you find completely interesting in your possession while you are getting ready for your journey. If you don’t remember to pack it, you may always go to one of the airport stores and pick up a book that you think will keep you entertained for a while.

Get some rest

Long distance travel might wear you out and make you drowsy. So, try to get some rest while you’re at the airport. However, you must take extra precautions with your possessions if you want to sleep at the airport. It is therefore recommended to check in at hotels that are close to the airport.

Eating a satisfying meal

While on a stopover and waiting at the airport, treat yourself to a full dinner. This is due to the possibility that you won’t get to eat a satisfying meal for a while, so why not make the most of the opportunity?

Shop at Duty-free shop in your airport

Duty-free stores can help you indulge your inner shopaholic at several airports. For your family or friends, you can purchase a variety of mementos. In the event that you discover the items to be on the pricey side, you can also engage in window shopping.

Relax / Hear music


While travelling on a holiday can be enjoyable, it can also become tedious and tiresome if the distance is great. So, when you’re waiting at the airport for your connecting aircraft to depart, relax by yourself. For mental calmness, turn on some calming music or just close your eyes and unwind. Stretching can also help to loosen up your body.

Refresh yourself by using Spa / Shower

Pampering yourself and treating your senses is one of the easiest ways to pass the time during an airport delay. Airports all over the world have spa services and shower facilities those travelers can use to refresh up before continuing their journey.

Visit the Lounge

One of the easiest ways to pass the time if you have a few hours to kill at the airport while you wait for your connecting flight is to visit the lounge. Major airports now provide a wide range of amenities, including sleeping pods, gyms, and spas.

Buy gifts for your loved ones

The greatest time to tour a huge airport if you’re stuck there is during your stopover. For instance, some flights from Delhi to New York feature layovers that last more than 8 hours. You can look around the stores in the airport area and even buy gifts for your loved ones at this time.

With seemingly limitless Duty Free zones and a plethora of international stores, shopping is a serious activity here.


Aside from the lounge, travellers can use free WIFI at airports all over the world. If you’re a digital nomad or travel blogger like me, you can take advantage of the time to get some unfinished business done right there at the airport.

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