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What to do when waiting for your flight at an airport

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You can almost see it: that holiday you’ve been waiting for all year… all that’s between you and that white sandy beach is the airport and the long wait that comes with it. After completing all the crosswords puzzles from the free magazines, you find yourself people watching not knowing what to do to spend your time. So this scenario doesn’t happen to you, I’ve put together a list of things to beat the airport boredom.

 

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Play games

If you are travelling with family or friends, think ahead and pack some card games to keep everyone entertained. If you completely forgot to pack some games, it’s time to get creative and fall back on some classic games, like I-Spy or any games alike.

These types of games are perfect for the airport as there are many items and equipment around the airport which are new and exciting, including aircraft tow tractors, baggage carts, runway equipment and more. If you need a helping hand to learn about these products beforehand, visit an airport equipment supplier like Aviation Spares.

 

Walk around

 Remember that you are going to be sitting during your flight, so any chance you have to stretch your legs before is a good idea. Plus, you will never know what the airport has to offer until you’ve perused a bit. Munich airport has an ice skating rink during the Christmas period whilst the Vancouver International Airport is home to an aquarium. What other wonders will you find out whilst walking around your airport?

 

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Pamper yourself

 Lonely Planet recommends spoiling yourself whilst waiting for your flight. After all, airport day spas and massage shops have become quite popular (at least at international airports). The only advice is to not “get so relaxed that you forget your boarding time.”

Another way to treat yourself is to have a breather from the hustle and bustle of the airport. You can do this by going into a quiet room or prayer room and give your body and mind some time to re-charge. I’d recommend meditation and yoga or a bit of both.

 

Visit the city

 If you have a long layover and you’re close enough to the city centre, why not go for a day trip? According to Travel and Leisure, “some airports, like Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Narita International Airport in Japan, and Changi Airport in Singapore will take you on a tour of the city while you wait for your flight.”

 

 

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Don’t let yourself get hangry

 In case your airline doesn’t provide a meal or if you’re not a big fan of their standard in-flight meals, head over to the airport restaurants or any restaurants close to the airport and indulge yourself in a good meal before you board. The last thing you want is to spend your whole flight hangry and grumpy – think about the person sitting next to you. Do they deserve it? And a better question – do you deserve it? Didn’t think so.

 

Talk to other travellers

 This is a simple one that doesn’t require any explaining. If you see someone who looks as bored as you are, why not strike a conversation?

 

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Last resort

If all else fails, hit the free airport Wi-Fi. Browse the internet, catch up with friends or beat the best score on Candy Crush. The options are endless.

 

What do you do to kill time at an airport?

 

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Have the most instagrammable ski holiday in Ötztal, Austria

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Ski in style and stay in the most luxurious ski apartments in the Tyrol region in the lovely Ötztal valley. If you are looking for both an unforgettable and Instagram-worthy winter experience, this is the place to be.

 

Why Ötztal?

The Ötztal Valley is incredibly picturesque with perfect powder slopes and snow-capped peaks. According to the Otztal Tourism website, it offers everything to make any skier’s dream come true – 6 ski areas, two glacier mountains and more than 350 slope kilometres. For non-skiers, there are also many activities to fulfil your winter wonderland fantasy, from winter hiking to ice skating on a frozen lake.

Hint: Don’t forget to visit the small village of Oetz tucked away on the south of the valley, an enchanting village with beautifully painted buildings that offers the best of Austrian hospitality.

 

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Where to sleep?

To have the ultimate experience, I’d recommend staying at luxury ski apartments in Otztal at the All-Suite resort. These are highly flexible apartments where you only pay for what you really need. For instance, if you are too tired to cook after a long day of skiing, indulge yourself at their Delis Bistro & Grill. Alternatively, if you want to cook your own meals, each apartment comes equipped with state-of-the-art appliances to give you the luxury of a hotel in the comfort of your holiday home.

For the cherry on top of the cake, by staying at these apartments you will have access to their luxurious spa centre where you can unwind at the heated pools and enjoy the scenic mountain views at the same time. The spa centre has indoor and outdoor heated pools, natural bathing ponds, saunas and relaxation areas. Scrap the ski, this is where I’d spend my holiday.

 

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What to wear?

To make sure you look as stunning as the place you are staying at does, it’s important to think about what to wear on and off the slopes. For the perfect mountain style, check out Vogue’s guide to skiing.

Ready to give the rest of the world some major envy? Start packing your bags!

 

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Five Things You Must Never Forget Before You Travel

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Travelling is an adventure. There is no doubt about it that no matter where you choose to go or how you choose to do it, travelling is going to change your life. Every single trip to a new place changes you, and before you go on your next one you’re already picturing all of the amazing things that you’ll see and the people that you’ll meet. You’ll think of the accommodation, and where you’re going to be seated on the flight

Above everything else, you’ll be thinking about packing. This trip is going to change things for you, and you’re already feeling anxious about what to wear and what to bring on the plane for entertainment. What you should be concentrating on is what you must never forget before you travel anywhere. There are more important things than your sandals, so, let’s take a look at five things that you should not forget when you are off on an adventure!

 

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  • Don’t Forget Your Chargers – Or Adapters

Wherever you end up in the world, you need to be able to charge your devices. This means bringing the wires, and bringing adapters so that your chargers work in those countries! You need to make a list of the devices that require charging, and then make sure that you tick them off.

 

  • Copy Your Travel Documents

It’s so important that you have everything when it comes to your travel documents, from an updated passport to your visas from E Visum Services. Without these essentials, you can be refused flight, and this is why it’s vital to have copies. If you did somehow manage to lose your paper copies, you can still get onto the flight! Hard copies and digital copies are a must if you want to be taken seriously by the airlines.

 

  • Know Where To Get Money Help

You’re on a holiday in a completely different country halfway around the world. Your bank card suddenly stops working and won’t let you draw any money out or pay by card for any goods and services. You are stuck. However, if you are smart and make a note of your banks’ customer service and helpline numbers, you’re going to be able to get some help. The same is true if you lose your bank card!

 

  • Get Insured

It’s an added expense, it’s not nice to pay out for, but without travel insurance you could lose a lot of money in adverse weather that cancels your flight. Or if you lose your luggage! You don’t want to fall ill on your trip and then end up with nothing. You need to get a good travel insurance policy so that you have backup in times of trouble.

 

  • Check Your Health

You may need to get vaccinations for the place you are travelling to, so get an appointment with your GP so you know whether or not it’s a necessity for you. You can also use the time to get a printout of any prescriptions that you have to bring with you.

 

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