How to make the most of a flight layover

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Hello my friends! I would like to open with a question to my fellow vegabonds, wanderlusters and members of Fernweh Society (see here for the meaning of Fernweh Society).

How many times have you had a layover due to a cheap flight cost and thought, “I wonder how much I could see in this city and still make my flight?” 

You have definitely thought this, be honest, I know I have! Guess what, that is exactly what we are doing in T-10 hours!

On Snapchat and Instagram I have eluded to our secret little side trip. We have a layover in Frankfurt, Germany and we are going to pop out for a little German lunch and some fresh air before our flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

Here are my top three tips for making the best of a layover:

  1. Make sure you have enough time: I think this goes without saying but your activities should reflect how much time you have. If you have 10 hours it is totally different than if you have 3.
    • Go by these rules:
      • If you have 1-2 hours, don’t even think about it! Find your next gate and chill out, have a drink or go get a mani-pedi in the airport. Generally speaking, many large airports take a good chunk of time to find your next gate anyway.
      • If you have 3-5 you likely can do something near the airport. Not to be a party pooper or anything – but being realistic when you’re leaving for a flight you want to be there a couple hours in advance anyway right? You could go for a quick meal near the airport.
      • If you have 6 or more hours now you can really start thinking about something a little more involved. I would err on the side of caution but use your judgement right? 🙂 Just PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t miss your flight! Funny side-note, I had a couple friends once show up at the airport four hours early and ended up missing their flight anyways – why? They were too occupied smelling perfume 😉
  2. Sort your itinerary: Once you determine how much time you have try and decide what you want to do ahead of time. Don’t get to the airport and think “let’s do this one on a whim”. . . I will save you this headache, it isn’t going to be a pretty picture. You are going to be stressed trying to figure out what you want to do and how to get there that it won’t be relaxing or enjoyable. On top of this, you are going to think about how anxious you are to check back into your flight the whole time. Be prepared – it will be better this way!
  3. Get back in time: I know at this point you’re picturing yourself downtown in whatever city your layover is, sipping a champagne and having a bite to eat but HEY WAKE UP – you got to get back to the airport and check back into your departing flight! I [strongly] suggest being SUPER realistic and picking maybe one activity, depending on layover time of course, and getting your butt back to the airport to re-do the whole hassle of security 🙂

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Well, I know we are taking these tips into consideration tomorrow – we have decided we are going to keep it simple and pop into the city for a quick lunch and get ourselves back to the airport.

What has been your best layover? What did you do? Tell me about it in the comments below and I will be sure to share ours on Snapchat and Instagram!

 

oxox Happy travels!

 

Annika

*photos by Steve Bezanson

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2 Comments

  1. Lucile
    August 12, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Annika! Thanks for not name shaming us 😉
    I knew a moment of glory would come out of this perfume sampling session in Kuala Lumpur!
    Hope you’re doing great since last time I saw you and you enjoyed Rome! xx

    • annika
      August 12, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Haha no problem! Thanks for your comment! Yes, Rome was amazing. A post to come soon! 🙂

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