Spending time in the airport can often seem like the worst way to start your travelling adventure, a waste of the precious moments of holiday freedom you’ve stolen from work.

Does it have to be that way?!

With these spontaneous travel hacks you can turn a three-hour delay into a three-hour experience. We’re not saying you’ll be having too much fun to board the flight, but we can help you make the time fly!

  • Hang outside the airport lounge and try and start a conversation: many airlines executive club schemes allow members to take a guest in at no extra cost, so this could be your chance to experience how the other half live!

Airport lounges offer comfortable seating, complimentary food and drink-often with an open alcoholic bar, magazines and newspapers, free Wi-Fi… Basically everything you need to relax before your flight. Some, like the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in New York, even offer complimentary spa treatments! Have a massage and get your hair cut whilst sipping a glass of champagne.

JFK Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spa
  •  If you want to experience an airport lounge but aren’t the best at making friends, check out websites like: Loungebuddy and prioritypass.com, they even have mobile apps!
  •  Don’t just sit and wait! Have an explore around the terminal and you might find more than you bargained for. London Heathrow airport hosts an art gallery in its terminal 5, whilst the Nashville International Airport has hosted live performances in its terminals since 1988. You never know what you’ll find if you branch out from your usual spot in Pret-a-Manger.
  •  If you’re on a layover, don’t be afraid to go and explore! At the Geneva International airport in Switzerland all passengers can get a free 80-minute ticket for all public transport in the city! Even better Singapore’s Changi Airport offers a two-hour tour of the town to passengers with layovers of 5 hours or more. Don’t waste your time in the terminal if you don’t have to!
  • Make use of the limited free airport Wi-Fi and make yourself a new friend. Apps like Here On Biz can help you connect with business professionals nearby using your LinkedIn preferences, so you can turn delays into networking opportunities.
  • Alternatively download Btrfly, after you log in with your flight details you can meet other travellers waiting in the terminal, or on your flight. Maybe love is just around the terminal corner…
  •  If you’re already travelling with friends, write up a drinking game before you go, to take airport ‘people spotting’ to the next level: Hawaiian shirt and flip flops? Everybody drinks.
  •  But remember to always keep one eye on the departures board, you wouldn’t want to miss that flight!