Traveling is definitely one of everyone’s favorite activities. It does not matter if it is a business trip or a vacation, seeing new places is always fun and interesting. However, sometimes things do not go as planned and the fun voyage can quickly turn into a dreadful experience.
We all hate being stuck at the airport, missing a flight or waiting for it longer than we were supposed to. During the wait, we not so rarely wish we did not even leave the house. We can hope it won’t happen again, but in case it does, here is a go-to list for you to shorten your wait.
- Buy a Lounge Pass
You have probably seen a lounge area at the airport more than once and wondered why do people waste their money on such a thing. On most airports these places cost around $50 a day, and believe it or not, they can be a true lifesaver.
If you are stranded at an airport for more than 10 hours, sitting on an uncomfortable bench or walking around the airport is not the best way to spend time. This is when investing in a lounge pass makes most sense as for that amount of money you will get a comfortable accommodation, snacks, free drinks, Wi-Fi, outlets and in some cases also shower cabins. When you look closely, this may even turn out cheaper than drinking and eating at the airport restaurants, as the prices are usually outrageous there.
Lounges most of the time also have pleasant service desk personnel which can help you re-book flights, and with that save some valuable time.
- Get a room
If you know you will be spending the night at the airport, or if you want to rest during the day while waiting for your flight, consider getting a room at the airport or near it. This can sometimes even be cheaper than a day pass at the airport lounge. London Gatwick, Amsterdam’s Schiphol and London’s Heathrow airports all have hotel facilities which are located at the airport terminals. A standard cabin can be rented for a minimum of four hours and it includes a comfortable bed, bathroom with a shower, desk and a TV.
There are numerous apps created for such needs so you can find an affordable hotel accommodation near the airport with flexible arrival times. Next time when stranded at the airport, check out Hotelsbyday.com and find the perfect accommodation for a pleasant wait.
- Exercise on the fly
Many travelers do not want to sleep or browse the internet during their wait at the airport but would rather relax with a good workout before they continue their journey. Believe it or not, this is now an option as well.
Airportgyms.com is a site that allows travelers in Canada and US to shorten their wait by finding them good airport fitness centers nearby. This is a handy site when traveling in that area.
- Karma Go
Many airports do not have WI-FI and if you are waiting for a couple of hours for your flight and do not want to invest in an airport lounge, a good thing to have around is Karma Go.
Karma Go is a mobile hotspot device which allows you to be connected wherever you are. It may sound pricey but for frequent travelers, especially those on business trips, this is a must.
- Bring the essentials
Nobody counts on getting stuck at the airport waiting a long time for the flight, but we always must pack with that possibility in mind. Because of this always carry the essentials in your carry-on. Here are some which are a must:
- Charger for your phone and laptop. We all know how it feels when the battery runs out, and the feeling is even worse when at the airport.
- A book or a magazine. It never hurts to have a good book with you, great for the long wait or for the long flight.
- Snacks. If you do not want to spend a huge amount of money on airport-priced snacks do not forget to bring some with you.
- A good playlist can make the wait much more enjoyable, so do not forget to create one at home and bring headphones to enjoy it while waiting.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. These are essentials, especially if you will be spending a whole night at the airport. Sometimes, something so simple can make a big difference.
The ultimate tip, however, is a service we discovered recently called AirHelp. It helps air passengers around the world secure compensation for delayed, canceled, or overbooked flights.
These are some of our tips for a better travel experience in case you get stranded at the airport. Even though we all wish this would never happen, it does so more than thought, so better be prepared.
What are some of your tips and tricks for surviving when stranded at the airport?
Manigo Team, April 2017