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What to do at the airport to pass the time? Ideas and tips

Last updated on January 17th, 2023 at 06:54 pm

You are at the airport, feverishly waiting to leave and looking forward to being at your destination already, but you have to be patient and stay at the airport and wait for your flight to be ready to leave.

Suppose you have booked a flight. In that case, you may find yourself waiting for your flight-sometimes even longer than you should, depending also on the timing of the plane due to adverse weather conditions or simple delays; this waiting can prove to be more or less stressful and tedious.

To help you make the most of your waiting time at the airport, you can read these simple tips to help you trick your airport wait.

Waiting at the airport: what to do? 

Usually, when you arrive at the airport, besides heading to the check-in, security checks, and whatnot, there is nothing else left to do except wait for your flight. So what to do at the airport in the meantime?

Here are seven things to do at the airport to pass the time:

1. Smartphones and tablets

There is no denying it; the smartphone and tablet are tools that accompany us in every moment of our day and fundamental tools to be always in touch; they are also helpful entertainment devices. 

Thanks to smartphone Apps, we can spend time waiting to be called for boarding, watching movies on Netflix, listening to music on Spotify, or playing your favorite mobile casino games on the best safe and easy-to-use online platforms without downloading the game. 

2. Reading a book

What to do at the airport besides using smartphones and tablets? An excellent alternative to get through the interminable flight wait is to read a book of your favorite genre, which allows you to get into the storyline’s heart and soul. Or you can read a magazine you have yet to have time to browse through, or it could be an excellent opportunity to delve into specific topics. 

3. Airport shopping

Many airports have large areas dedicated to various shopping areas to visit that will allow you to spend your waiting time at the airport and, why not, do some airport shopping simultaneously.

Some airports (not all) are duty-free, i.e., exempt from local taxes, allowing you to purchase at bargain prices certain items of clothing and accessories that may have particularly intrigued you during your vacation.

4. Local Food

While in Turkey or Greece, were you struck by the incredible taste of a dish you probably won’t have a chance to taste when you return? You can sometimes find places or restaurants that prepare typical local dishes at the airport. This will be an excellent opportunity to taste or try local specialties again. Alternatively, you could pack, buy, and take it on the plane!

5. Talking to people

You’ve finished all the check-in and baggage delivery, and now, what to do at the airport? It can be a great way to talk to and meet new people; you might meet people with cultures, customs, and traditions different from your own, and it can be an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons. In addition, it could also be a great opportunity to improve language skills in communication.

More simply, you might meet people who, like you, have nothing to do and who would like to start a conversation and share their experiences that will allow you to expand your circle of friends.

6. Sleeping at the airport

It’s evening; your flight has been moved to dawn the next day. So all that’s left is to sleep at the airport. It will not be as comfortable as sleeping on a tree room bed, but it is undoubtedly an experience to be told.

7. Exploring the airport

Suppose you are in a large airport with many attractions. In that case, we recommend visiting it in its entirety. As in the case of Changi International Airport in Singapore, it might be great to visit a butterfly garden, have a drink at the rooftop bar overlooking the runway, or go to the cinema to watch a movie, thus spending a couple of hours.

Indeed, only some airports you will encounter will be like the one in Singapore, but it is a good idea to take photos inside the airport to show to your friends or to post on social media. 

These simple tips will come in handy should you encounter a similar situation, so you know what to do when you arrive at the airport.

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.