6 Ways To Fight Boredom At The Airport
Start writing a post

6 Ways To Fight Travel Delay Boredom

Maybe try doing one of those choreographed routines on the moving walkways?

6 Ways To Fight Travel Delay Boredom

Summer vacation is a time to relax, have fun, and travel! But with travel inevitably comes travel delays. In fact, as I write this article, I am sitting on the floor of LAX after waking up at 3:30 a.m., fueled only by a Venti cold brew, while my flight is delayed for an indeterminate amount of time. Luckily for me, and any other people who may encounter travel delays, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied if you get stuck in an airport.

1. Get some work done


Since it is summer, you may not actually have any school work to take care of, but you could catch up on emails and texts you may have fallen behind on or, in my case, write an article. It's not the most exciting or adventurous course of action to take, but it's definitely a productive use of your time.

2. People watch


You can find some pretty interesting people if you just sit back and observe your surroundings. Also, you might even spot a celebrity! Especially at LAX, which is one of the best places to spot celebrities period. Once, I was on the same plane as the cast of "Impractical Jokers" while they were on their way to San Diego Comic Con. Not exactly an A-List sighting but definitely more exciting than nothing.

3. Explore the terminal


Airport terminals are literally made for hanging out between flights, so don't be afraid to explore. While exploring at LAX, I have found a $25 bag of M&Ms that I'm positive I could've bought for $5 at the drug store and a whole storefront devoted to Spanx, and I haven't even walked the whole terminal yet.

4. Eat


Eat your own snacks. Find a cool snack you haven't had before. If you have enough time, grab a meal at a restaurant inside the terminal. Why not? Plane food can be gross so don't chance it.

5. Get your cardio in


Just walk around! You're gonna be in a confined space where walking around is difficult, so get it out of the way while you can!

6. Research the place you're headed to


Figure out some must-see attractions or highly rated restaurants that you want to scope out when you get wherever you're going. If the delay occurs while you're heading home, then maybe take this time to edit and post some pictures of your latest adventure.

7. Sleep


Sleeping on planes can be challenging and uncomfortable, so catch some Zs while you're delayed. Just make sure you wake up in time to get on board when it's time.

Next time you find yourself stranded in an airport, hopefully you'll be able to find a way to pass the time before embarking on your next adventure. Bon voyage and happy trails!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments