Passing the time in an airport doesn't have to be a dull experience
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Having to pass the time in an airport is certainly not an ideal situation for travelers. Whether it's due to a lengthy layover or extended day, sometimes having to wait for hours at a time in the airport is unavoidable. Although it may be a minor inconvenience, such delays do not have to be an excruciating experience. With some smart planning, foresight or creative itinerary making, there are some great ways for business travelers to pass the time before they board their flight on their way to serviced apartments.
Look for some food
If you have enough time on your hands, it it's a good idea to see what kind of culinary offerings the airport has. Many larger airports have much more than the traditional food court fare that you might think of when you picture airport terminals. For instance, if you find yourself in Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, you can head to Grand Central Oyster Bar. At Los Angeles International, a number of impressive dining spots are beginning to spring up, with Umami Burger, 800 Degrees and Michael Voltaggio's sandwich shop ink.sack all set to open in 2014, according to CNN Travel.
Add some culture
Airport officials are certainly well aware that travelers aren't looking to spend hours under their ceiling looking for something to do, and many have taken proactive steps to make the experience more enjoyable. Specifically, a large number of airports are home to impressive art exhibits that are worth checking out. For instance, Miami International Airport coordinated efforts with local museums and cultural institutions to provide the millions of passengers making their way through the airport each year with a unique experience.
"We want to bring the destination to the airport," Yolanda Sanchez, the airport's director of fine arts and cultural affairs, told The New York Times.
It's not often that you get a few hours to yourself to get some work done. Of course, the work doesn't have to relate only to your job. A growing number of airports are offering full-service gyms so you can go for a run, lift some weights, or bike - all of which are better than taking a nap to pass the time, Lonely Planet notes.