We’ve all been there. You’ve packed your suitcase with all of your holiday essentials, had a long journey to the airport, managed to find an elusive car parking space, checked-in, had a browse of the World Duty Free goodies (and maybe even a little pamper), and then… You’re bored. You just want your flight to hurry up and whisk you away to somewhere new. Or maybe home to your own bed if it’s a case of you coming to the end of a trip.
Suddenly time is moving very s-l-o-w-l-y.
Multiply this feeling by ten if you’re flight is delayed as well. Three times for me this year!
There are a few simple things, however, that you can do to keep the airport boredom at bay.
Whenever I have some time to waste away, a book is always my go-to. Grab yourself something really gripping (I can recommend Station Eleven – that book had me hooked and I can’t wait to re-read it), and you’ll soon find yourself lost in a fictional world and will actually end up tutting and rolling your eyes when they open your gate in the middle of a particularly enthralling chapter.
A little game I like to play at any airport is having a browse of the screens with shortly departing flights and choosing the one I’d jump on if I could have the choice of any I wanted. If you have time to kill, you can take it one step further and start Googling images of said destination, maybe even looking at hotels. Y’know, just in case. Might as well check the flight prices too…
I am a firm of believer that there are simply not enough hours in the day. This often means I don’t get chance to watch all of the TV I would like to. Waiting in an airport gives you the perfect opportunity to plug your earphones in, and catch up on The Apprentice, The Walking Dead or whatever takes your fancy. I’ve personally been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab A – a high quality screen, Wi-fi capabilities and lots of catch up apps… what more could I need?!
If you’re lucky enough to be in an airport with one of those big leather massage chairs, get yourself in it. You know the ones I mean. Really comfortable, massive arm rests, pay it a bit of dosh and it’ll massage your back for a few minutes. Heavenly. Stick a pound coin in there, sit back, relax, and let those minutes fly by as you unwind, de-stress, and come to the brink of dozing off. It’s only £1 a go… maybe a second go won’t hurt. Or a third. Possibly even a fourth if you’re really bored.
People watching is a fun way to pass the time no matter the location you’re in, let’s face it. But in the airport, your options of who to observe are endless. Make up back stories for them. Stare in envy at those with lots of shopping bags. Admire the attractive men wandering around… whut?
Naturally, after a trip, you, like anyone else, will want to spend the next few weeks filling your Instagram and Facebook feeds with pics to make you friends jealo… erm… to simply show what you got up whilst away. So whilst sat waiting for your flight home, why not get started on editing your fab photos?
Failing that, I am 100% in support of you finding the nearest bar and getting a few rounds of cocktails ordered, because, well… cocktails are always good, right?
I created this post in collaboration with KCOM to showcase the benefits of a tablet – not only does it help cure my airport boredom but it’s great for blogging on the go and storing images too! They currently have an incentive to receive a free (yes – free!) tablet with their broadband packages – more information can be found on their website here.
What do you like to do to cure your airport boredom?
This post was written in collaboration with KCOM and I was gifted the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, but all words and opinions are, as ever, my own. 🙂