Five Ways to Beat Airport Boredom

by Country Inns & Suites
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Time can feel like it’s standing still when you’re waiting at the airport. You’ve gone through security, grabbed a snack, and read your magazine, yet you still have a large amount of time to kill. There’s no need to watch the minutes slowly tick by; just use these five tips to beat airport boredom!

1. Airport Exploration

Many airports have entertaining attractions and exhibits. For example, you can check out the art exhibits at the Memphis International Airport or the aquarium at the Vancouver Airport if you have a long layover. Consider yourself lucky if you have time to kill at the San Francisco International Airport. This impressive airport boasts a yoga room, a museum, and an aquarium. Finally, every airport has food courts with new and delicious menu options to try until it’s time to board your flight.

vancouver airport aquarium Photo by Flickr user sporst

2. Hobby Time

Spend your layover time doing something you typically don’t have the time to enjoy. For example, you could write some blog topic ideas for that blog you’ve been wanting to start, sketch ideas for that next painting you’ve been putting off, or decide on the next model car you are going to build. Don’t have a hobby? Well, now you have time to research one!

3. Reconnect

Unfortunately, we sometimes allow too much time to pass without talking with long-distance friends and family. Long delays at the airport are the perfect time to instant message on Facebook or find a quiet spot in the airport to make a call. Go through your contact list and reconnect with a few old friends or faraway family members.

4. Movie Marathon

Remember that movie you wanted to watch a few months ago but never found the time for? Use your layover time to catch up! Download or stream it on your laptop or tablet using the airport’s Wi-Fi. Many airports also have kiosks that let you rent movies to watch on your laptop or portable DVD player. Just don’t forget your charger – you don’t want to run out of power halfway through your film.

girl at airport

5. Get a Workout In

Get your heart rate up by walking through the terminals or climbing the stairs. If your layover is at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, you can even use the exercise machines or practice yoga in the fitness room to effectively pass the time. In addition to your terminal workout, consider getting a massage or manicure, as many airports offer salon and spa services.

Of course, you can always pass the time by reading, relaxing, or people-watching. With all of these options, you should be able to beat your boredom the next time you’re waiting at the airport. We hope you have safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel very soon!