Make the Best of Your Airport Layover

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Airport layoverDelayed flight? Facing five looonnng hours in an airport? Here are five solutions for making the most of your layover.

Exercise

• Just say Ommmm at both DFW (Dallas Fort Worth International - Terminal D at Gate D40) and SFO (San Francisco International - Terminal 2): both now offer yoga rooms for travelers.

• Just a short hop away from ORD (Chicago's O'Hare) you'll find the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Athletic Club: For a small daily fee, you can take advantage of fitness classes, a weight room, pool, sauna and steam room. The hotel is connected to the airport via an underground walkway, so you can max out your fitness and relax time.

• Walk the terminals: bring along a pedometer to track your mileage and walk the terminals. MSP (Minneapolis St. Paul) partnered with the American Heart Association's Start Walking program and now offers a 1.5 mile walking path in Terminal 1.

Work
Use the extra time to catch up on emails and check a few things of your to-do list. Check out airportwifiguide.com to find the best(and worst) airport hotspots.

Play

• In the fun department, no other airport comes even close to topping the playfully modern Changi Airport in Singapore. With its Balinese-themed swimming pool, four-story amusement park slide, movie theater and butterfly garden, this is one airport that brings joy to even the most delayed passengers.

• You can shop 'til you drop at the Harrods at Heathrow Airport in London. Located in Terminal 5, you'll find the best of the best British goods here - from food to fashion.

• Let off some travel steam at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas' aviation themed play area (located near the D gates). Kids will be able to man the control tower and take off on a pretend flight. Parents will want to check out the Aviation museum located on the walkway over the baggage claim area. 

Eat 
The handy Gate Guru app will connect you with the best spots for airport dining. The user tips and reviews are especially helpful.

Learn
Spend your layover brushing up on a foreign language. The BBC offers a number of free online language lessons, in over 40 languages. You can watch videos, listen to audio clips and test your skills all from the comfort of your laptop or tablet. Visit bbc.co.uk/languages/

 

 

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