Most of the time, a long layover is not something to look forward to. Most people are annoyed by having to hang around an airport for hours and hours between flights, when all they really want is to get to their destination. Little do they know, though, that a long layover could be just another interesting part of your adventure! Here is how to take advantage of a 24-hour layover so that you can get your trip off on the right foot.
Try to Book a Layover in a City That Interests You
If you know ahead of time that you are going to have to have a 24-hour layover, you can try to control where you stay. Some people even book flights with layovers like these on purpose, so that they can explore a city that is not on their itinerary, but that they would like to see anyway. Most layovers (especially the long ones) take place in a major hub airport like Newark or Taipei, which is good news for anyone who wants to check out the surrounding area. Twenty-four hours is plenty of time to go sightseeing in New York or another nearby city - all it takes is a little planning on your part. Just try to make sure that the city you want to see is close to the airport you are stopping in, otherwise you'll waste a lot of time riding buses or taking taxis instead of getting out and about.
Explore the Airport
Most major airports these days are like cities themselves - and not small cities either. They have bookstores, grocery stores, clothing shops and restaurants with food from all around the world. You could spend hours enjoying the food and shopping in an airport - you might even forget you are in one! Many airports also have art installations and other culture-based exhibits to explore. These change several times a year so that even if it's your second time visiting an airport, it will be like stopping over in a brand new place.
Get in a Workout
StudentUniverse suggests working in a workout to use up some of the time you have to spend waiting for your next flight. Exercise is actually very beneficial for travelers, as it helps to fight off jet lag and keep you energized for the rest of your trip (not to mention it gets your blood pumping after sitting still for so long on a plane). Some airports are equipped with gyms, but even if yours is not, you can still get a good workout by walking around the airport. As anyone who has had to run to get from one terminal to another in an airport can tell you, these places are enormous, so you are sure to have plenty of room to walk! If yoga is more your thing, many major airports have quiet spaces where you can do your yoga routine - some even have silent rooms dedicated to yoga or meditation. If you'd rather go outside the airport, though, you can consider renting a bike and exploring the city while getting some exercise.
Check out the Airport Lounges
All major airlines have lounge space at most airports, but these can seem very exclusive. Usually you have to pay either an annual fee or a one-time, day-pass fee to get inside, but once you do, they are pretty amazing. While these lounges might not be totally worth the expense on a short layover, if you are spending 24 hours in or around the airport, they are definitely worth checking out. They have food, drinks, and plenty of space to relax and unwind, not to mention some really comfy chairs to stretch out in. It is a great place to hang out if you don't want to worry about leaving your luggage somewhere or getting too far from the airport while you're waiting on your next flight.
Go on a Tour
Many companies near or in airports offer tour groups to show people around the city they are in. Some of these tours are even offered by the airlines themselves, which can be reassuring to the passenger booking the tour. A professionally led tour is a fantastic way to see the city, because as long as you stay with the group, there is no chance of you getting lost or missing your next flight. Most big cities have these tours, but it is always a good idea to do some research beforehand so that you know you will be touring with a reputable group.