- Hit up the bar to watch a game, or find an interesting wine bar and select a pre-flight wine or beverage
- Lounge in the coffee shop while reading the newspaper
- Get a chair massage
- Find the airport chapel and say a few prayers
- Find a spa and get a manicure or pedicure
- Get your shoes spiffed up at the shoe shine
- Watch your favorite TV shows on your iPad
- Return phone calls
- Buy a local magazine or pick something interesting to read
- Go shopping – buy your friend or family member a fun souvenir of the airport/city you’re in
- If you really have a long layover, venture out of the airport to go site seeing. Look for lockers to store your bags if you don’t want to lug them around
My favorite piece of advice came from a fellow meeting industry blogger, Brian McDermott from Growthworks Inc. He said, “Challenge yourself to do something different – pay attention to see if you notice anything special about what you’ve chosen.”
Perhaps what Brian meant is purchasing a book or magazine that you normally wouldn’t, or ordering something different from the menu, or potentially venturing outside of your comfort zone and speaking to someone else who’s sitting around waiting. You never know what interesting stories they might have.
What would you do?