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

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10 Things Every UK Student Understands Post-Spring Break

Spring break, we all miss you. Seriously.


A yearly occurrence, spring break is a week of relaxation, fun, and a time to get away, physically and mentally, from school work, obligations, exams, a never-ending to-do list, and general stress. However, as much fun as the annual break is, the week after when we're all back on campus is a huge reality check. Here are 10 things that every student at the University of Kentucky can relate to post-spring break.

1. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything


Spring break is a blessing and a curse for this exact reason. During the break, you feel completely free, but after you get back to Lexington, your ability to focus is gone, still thinking about days when the only thing you needed to remember was if you put sunscreen on or not.

2. If you were in a warmer place over break, the chillier weather of Lexington is miserable

Coming back on campus, while it may be 50 degrees, is far from the 80 your body is used to. Layers and constant shivering is the result.

3. Waking up for 8 AMs got even worse, if that is even possible


No, it wasn't easy to wake up at the crack of dawn and then walk halfway across campus nearly every weekday BEFORE spring break. Now? That's a joke.

4. If you were at the beach, you are peeling EVERYWHERE from the sunburns you got on your first day


Peeling off bits of dead skin in public is a really fun time!

5. You are wide awake at 2 AM for no reason other than for the fact that you are used to being up all night over break

phone in bed

Setting alarms isn't really a thing when you're waking up at the beach every day, in a comfy bed somewhere, or in your own home. We did NOT miss, you Apple ringtone.

6. A 50 minute class that used to fly by (as of 2 weeks ago) feels like an eternity 

lecture hall

And classes over an hour? Forget about it.

7. Being back on an actual schedule

uky campus

On spring break, whether you're at home or on vacation, you usually plan your own days and have little to no academic obligations. Coming back to Lexington the week after the break is a slap in the face. It's like we all forgot that we usually have way more work than we know what to do with, and those Canvas notifications are fully bringing us back to reality.

8. Nope, we didn’t miss walking up the stairs to the third floor of Whitehall Classroom Building one bit

whitehall building

Even if you worked out over spring break, those stairs get you. Every. Single. Time.

9. Going from restaurant food, seafood, or whatever you have in your fridge and pantry at home to having to go buy groceries and eat at the 90 or champs

the 90 caffeteria

Definitely a rough adjustment, no doubt.

10.  Having to get ready for class

snow boarding

Whether you spent your spring break in sweatpants, a swimsuit, or ski gear, having to get dressed for class every day once you are back isn't the most fun thing in the world.

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