10 Ways To Stay Entertained At The Airport

10 Ways To Stay Entertained At The Airport

There are so many things to keep yourself occupied at the airport, all you have to have is some imagination!
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If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport before because of a layover or because your flight has been delayed, then you know that sometimes it can be very boring. You might think that there isn’t much to do, but if you have enough ingenuity, there can be a whole world of things to do while stuck at the airport.

1)Get Food

You’re definitely gonna get hungry if you have to wait in an airport for an extended period of time so you might as well explore and find a good place to eat. There are always a bunch of fast food places to go to in an airport, but don’t stop for those, go and explore and find one of those homely, sit-down restaurants that are around. Maybe the diner will even have a jukebox.

2)Do Work

Unless you’re traveling for the summer and have literally nothing to do, there’s probably a chance that you have some work to catch up on. Whether you’re a full time student or someone going on a business trip, take out a little bit of work and get that done so that you can be less stressed later on while at your actual destination.

3)People Watch

There are always tons of people with you at the airport. Some may be in the same situation that you are, and some might be rushing to make it to their gate on time to get to their destination. Something that is pretty much always fun in any situation is people watching. You can just observe or you can make up a scenario of what you think that person might be doing and where they might be headed.

4)Play a Game

There are so many games that you can play in the airport waiting for your flight. Maybe you are with some kids, you can play “I Spy”, you can play games on your mobile device, or you can make up a new game to play to pass the time.

5)Read/Color

Personally, I love a good book and love when I have the time to read. This is such a great opportunity to read. Hopefully you brought a good book with you, if not there is usually a store that sells books that you can pick one up at and the next thing you know, the time has passed and you’re boarding the plane. You spent all those hours in another world and now you’re reading to go on your own adventure.

6)Shop

You can shop at any one of the numerous stores that they have in an airport, you can fund just about anything that you need from clothes to toiletries to souvenirs from yourself or some friends. You can also shop online so that you have a nice little present waiting for you whenever you get home from our adventure.

7)Sleep

There’s a pretty good chance that in order to get yourself to the airport in a timely manner, you had to lose some sleep at some point during your day. What better way to catch up on all that lost sleep than to sleep in the airport while waiting for that flight that will eventually bring you to your intended destination?

8)Watch a Movie

Another great way to pass the time is to watch a movie or two. Maybe you have a 4 or 5 hour layover, that’s enough time for you to watch one or two movies on Netflix. By the time one of two movies have been watched, hours have passed and then the next thing you know, it’s time to be on your way.

9)Listen to Music

Music is a great way to pass the time in any situation; that includes sitting in the airport. Put on your favorite playlist and just jam out in the airport. It’ll be a good way to relax and have fun.

10)Practice

If you happen to be traveling for a sport you can always practice during your layover or delay. You can condition and have fun playing on the moving walkways. As a gymnast I can say that doing handstands and playing around on the moving walkways is a great time, especially if you are with your team and you are all having fun doing it. There are so many ways to incorporate your sport in a safe way at the airport and it is so much fun!

Cover Image Credit: Chelsea Viveiros

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Abroad 'Grew' Me

Change can not even begin to describe it

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"Abroad changed me."

It's the cliche, all-encompassing, slightly asshole-ish phrase that any student returning from a study abroad experience is bound to let slip at least once. As ironic and annoying as it may sound, especially when repeated 100 times, it's definitely not false. However, I believe it best gets its point across when modified slightly.

The one slight correction that can be made to this statement is the word "changed". I know for a fact that my study abroad experience opened my eyes to new cultures, new perspectives, and new possibilities. I was able to branch out and pursue areas of interest I had never imagined. However, I am still me. I did not morph into a new person or lose anything I once had before I boarded that plane. If anything the correct phrase (although not grammatically proper) should be "Abroad grew me". The path I followed in my experience, every twist, turn, and bump that hit me along the journey, helped me to become something more of myself.

My problem-solving, communication and overall interpersonal skills have become so much stronger than those which I left JFK Airport within early September. All of this combined, my confidence has grown tenfold. In terms of my self-confidence, I have never felt more validated or reassured of who I am, what my values are, and what I want out of this life. All of these things are due to the situation I was put into, but I would not call them changes. Because the word "change" insinuates I never had any of these skills or characteristics before.

Being brave, for example, is not something I typically would label myself as. But when you are lost in the streets of Morocco, frantically running in circles to find a blue building (in what is known as the "Blue City") when your bus is leaving in under 5 minutes, the act of going up to a complete stranger and getting your Spanish to somehow coincide with their Arabic is not just a show of bravery, but a necessity. It is how you survive. Although I quickly learned that after a few too many travel fiascos, I also came to realize how much better life can become when you let this bravery into other aspects of your life - not just the emergencies. The little parts like trying new foods, volunteering to make a fool of yourself and flamenco dance, stopping at the street corner to converse with the woman selling flowers, these are the small things that shaped my entire experience. And these are the biggest things that helped me to grow. This bravery was something that I always had, just never to the extent at which I tapped into during my time abroad.

Yes, coming back from studying abroad I feel like the world around me and my normal life have changed. I never could have expected it to stand still just because I was absent. However, I do not feel that I have "changed" from who I was before. A desire for a challenge is what led me to go abroad in the first place and I am extremely blessed to be able to say that my wish was fulfilled. With each new experience, I expanded my horizons, and piece by piece I watched myself morph into what I would now call a confident and well-rounded individual. This growth has brought me to where I am today, but it is only the starting point on my adventure to further explore cultures, the world, and where my place is in it all.

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