If there is no option to your delayed flight other than waiting it out, don’t stress! There’s no point and it won’t help you get to your destination any faster. If you’re too panic-y to figure out what to do with this new found free-time, we’ve got you covered.
People watching is only entertaining for so long and naps are fairly risky unless you’re with someone who can make sure you and your luggage are safe while you snooze. Here are five obvious and a few not-so-obvious ways to pass time when your flight is delayed.
1. Read a Good Book
Okay so duh. BUT people can get so stressed out and anxious over delayed flights that we easily forget how meditative getting lost in a good book can be! This is going to be so much more relaxing than tweeting about how angry you are, trust us!
2. Sightsee…Within Reason
This definitely depends on how delayed your flight is. If it’s more than 5 hours and you’re in a city that you’ve yet to explore, sight seeing is way more fun than sitting next to an outlet charging the phone that you haven’t taken your eyes off for 2 hours. Look at your delayed flight as an opportunity to explore!
3. Enjoy a Good Airport Meal. Hey, They’ve Come a Long Way!
Major airports are basically luxury malls and eatery’s nowadays. If you’re lucky, getting stuck at a nicer airport is really not that bad! Take some time to enjoy a nice meal, have an overpriced glass of wine and relax for a bit.
4. Get a Workout In!
Soo… this one really depends on your level of “I don’t care what people think of me.” It’s definitely not a bad idea though! Airports can be draining and it’s easy to spend hours just sitting and getting tired. Try moving around and boosting your endorphins a little bit. Walking, pushups, sit-ups and lunges are all easy options you can do anywhere!
5. FaceTime a Friend or Family Member!
Our day to day lives can get so busy we sometimes forget to keep in touch with friends and family that we don’t see every day. Being trapped in an airport with nothing to do for hours is a perfect opportunity to check in on Great Aunt Nancy and make her day! Just don’t let her know that the only reason you’re calling is because you’re bored.