Use These 6 Ways To Kill Time At The Airport

Flying For Spring Break? Use These 6 Ways To Kill Time At The Airport

Make the most out of your airport wait time.


Spring break is right around the corner. If you're heading out for this much-needed break, you may be stuck at the airport for a few hours — or half a day. Flight delays and long layovers may leave you with a lot of time on your hands at the airport.

What do you do with that time? Do you twiddle your thumbs or maximize this opportunity to be creative, laugh or be productive? Here's how to make the most out of your airport wait time.

1. Call a friend or loved one

Chat with a friend or a loved one while waiting for your flight. You have some time on your hands, so catch up with someone you haven't spoken to in a while. Maybe you haven't spoken to your parents or your grandmother in a while. Now is a good time to check in and see how they're doing.

2. Make friends

Airports are great places to meet new and interesting people. Talk to those around you, and make some new friends.

You may be surprised how many people will be receptive to talking. Many people who are waiting for their flights are anxious or stressed, so they'll be happy for the distraction.

If you struggle with meeting new people and making new friends, the airport is also a great place to improve your social skills. After all, you'll probably never see any of these people again.

3. Shop around

Airports usually have a great selection of stores — including luxury stores. Yes, airport shopping is expensive, but you never know what you'll find. Buy a souvenir for a friend, or purchase a gift for someone you plan to see during your trip.

Even if you don't have the budget to go shopping, you can window shop to pass some time.

4. Watch movies

One of the best ways to pass the time at the airport is to watch movies. Two or three movies can easily get you through a four-hour layover.

Some airports, like the Portland International Airport, actually play free movies. If you can't find free movies, you can watch them on your laptop or phone if you have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or another streaming service. Apps like ShowBox allow you to watch movies and TV shows for free.

An airport layover is the perfect time to binge watch your favorite TV show. You probably don't have enough time to go anywhere else, so why not settle in and watch some good TV.

5. Plan your next trip

If you want to be productive during your airport stay, why not plan your next trip? Brainstorm some locations, possible hotels and things to do at each location. You can even create a rough budget for the trip and plan your itinerary.

If you don't have a plan for your current trip, you can take this time to make one. Plan one or two activities for each day, and leave some time for spontaneous activities.

6. Work on a side project

Do you have a side project? If so, you can take this time to get some work done, whether it's planning, administrative tasks or answering emails.

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Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

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Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

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Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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10 Little Ways To Practice Mindfulness This Spring

Spring is a time for new beginnings!


Spring is the time to take initiative! All the new year's resolutions finally seem like something worth achieving. It's the first time the weather has been nice all year, and it feels like the start of something great. Even with all the pollen and the massive to-do list, life is truly wonderful.

1. Soak up the sun

After being all cooped up indoors or bundled in layers, for what seemed like forever, it's time to let our favorite star do its thing! Get some much-needed Vitamin D to feel energized and lifted after a miserable winter.

2. Stop to smell the flowers

I mean this both literally and figuratively. Spring gifts us with so much natural beauty and we're lucky enough to get to really let that set in and sense it. Take time to make the most of it. Smell the flowers, pet happy puppies, lie out in the soft grass.

3. Eat clean

The best fruit and vegetables are so fresh this time of year and it feels so good to eat what grows naturally. If you have any favorites, take advantage of how much better they are right now.

4. Go for a walk

It's the perfect time to clear your mind by taking a walk. If you're stressed out about all the things you have to do, go experience life as it happens (just maybe take an allergy pill first). You'll be surprised by how much better you feel.

5. Care for some plants

Plants are the kind of responsibility that feels good. And this is the best time to care for them because most of their needs are met with the sun and nice weather.

Spring clean!

Spring cleaning is a ritual! And it comes with high rewards. Give your closet, bedroom, or entire home the Marie Kondo treatment. Get rid of anything you don't need. It'll clear so much more than just your surroundings.

Practice yoga

In this case, "yoga" is a loose term. Basically, just relax. Stretch and get comfortable in your body, maybe even outside. Whatever feels right at the moment. It's a good time to start new habits that will have you feeling amazing.

8. Take a road trip

Roll the windows down, blast the best music, and go somewhere fun. It doesn't even matter what the destination is; the ride there is half the fun! The weather is perfect for a getaway.

9. Dress in a way that makes you happy

The weather is as versatile as will ever be this time of year, so take full advantage of that by dressing how you want. Just about anything goes. It's breezy enough to rock a few layers but sunny enough to go lighter. You have full creative freedom. Nothing's stopping you, especially not the weather!

10. Allow yourself to be inspired!

You can get inspired anywhere and at any moment, but there's something extra special about drawing inspiration from all the natural beauty this world has to offer. Turn the passion into something greater. With so much negativity, you can take this golden opportunity to change it.

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