Waiting around for hours in an airport is no fun, but you can make the most of your layover with a little strategic planning. Here are four ways to recharge your batteries while on a business trip.
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Take Advantage of Airport Amenities
You’d be surprised what some airports offer travelers with long layovers. With gardens, museums, nap rooms, swimming pools, and airport hotels you’ll have everything you need to feel great on your connecting flight.
Airport Hotels – A great place to catch a nap or just have a room to yourself for a few hours. Clean, quiet, and well-appointed, you’ll never look at airports the same way again. Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Orlando International, and Changi Airport in Singapore are just a few airports with hotels.
Pool – There’s nothing like getting a good swim in between flights. Swimming is a full-body exercise that will help increase circulation, perfect for long trips. Changi Airport is one airport with a pool as well as a jacuzzi to help bubble away the stress of flying.
Have a Relaxing Meal or Beverage
The airport is one place you can take in a great meal at a restaurant all by yourself and no one will judge you. Many airports have at least one awesome restaurant with a full menu for you to
If you don’t have time for that, having a beer or cocktail at a well-equipped airport bar can often be just the thing to take the edge off. Just be careful not to overdo it, or you might regret feeling sick on the plane later.
Another Good De-Stresser: Get some travel insurance. It really gives you peace of mind knowing you’re covered if things go wrong. Check out everything you need to know about travel insurance to see how it works and what it covers.
Sneak In an Airport-Friendly Workout
Long-haul flights can be grueling and can really disrupt your circulation. It’s a great idea to get the body moving and get the blood flowing again. Sometimes it can be hard to work out when you are in a crowded airport, but if you can find a secluded spot you can work the major muscle groups to release some tension.
Here are some exercises that only require your body weight (or your luggage to make it more challenging) and a little space:
- Air Squats
- Jumping Jacks
- Calf Raises
- Shoulder Shrugs (use your luggage for weight)
- Side Bends
Get a Massage
Check to see if there’s a place for you to get a massage between flights. Whether it’s from a massage therapist or just one of those aqua massagers, it’s sure to help boost your state of mind. At the very least there may be coin-operated massage chairs to use, which are actually pretty good at relieving tired legs and improving circulation.
With these tips, you should be all set on your next business trip layover and step onto your next plane renewed and ready to go.