Don't we all just hate long layovers at the airport? It always seems like the hours pass slowly as we are in a hurry to get to our destination.
Last year, when I was travelling in southeast Asia, I spent the longest time at Kuala Lumpur airport. I had reached there from Hanoi, Vietnam at around 2 o'clock in the night and my flight to Mumbai, India was at 10am. I won't be exaggerating if I say that it was one of the longest nights of my life. There is no fun in trying to sleep on uncomfortable chairs in overly cold airports at night. Besides trying to not sprain my neck, I had to take care of my belongings too.
I got through that night, but I never forgot the experience and it got me thinking. There should be better ways of spending long hours between connecting flights. After all, more than eight million people fly every day.
I did some research and found that there certainly are several ways you can choose to fill your long layover time between flights. Here are some of them:
Go out on tours and get a glimpse of the city
If you have a long layover at a place you have never visited, consider using the extra hours to explore the city. The best way to do it is to go on city tours so you are not lost and can make it back to the airport on time after sightseeing. If you are at one of these eight international airports, consider yourself very lucky, as you have a chance to go on a free city tour. If not, you can secure a transit visa and go out to explore the city by yourself. You can store your luggage at the airport's luggage storage unit if you don't want to be carrying around the heavy baggage.
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