When non-stop flights are available, they are a luxury, but for many travellers – particularly those on a budget – layovers are a necessary evil. This is because low-cost flights often have layovers. At the same time, many travellers regard layovers as an annoyance or a stumbling block on their way to their final destinations. They have no idea that there is a multitude of things to do while trapped in an airport on their way to their final destination.

Layovers, however, are a thing of the past with virtual travel on the scene. There are no layovers, no hours spent at airports staring at the clock and dreaming of hitting your vacation destination when you fly electronically. Layovers aren’t all bad if you know how to make the most of your time. Yes, you read that correctly: if you allow it to be an annoyance, it will be. However, if you know a few tricks, you won’t be able to tell where the time went.

You’ve come to the right place if you’re curious about those hacks. If you’re caught in a layover, here’s a list of things you can do to pass the time. Check it out!

1. Work Out!

That’s right!  You’ll be able to meet your step target in no time at airports! Though an airport may not seem to be a good place to get a good workout, it is a great place to walk. Even the tiniest airports have plenty of space to wander around and explore. Consider taking a power-walking tour of the airport, making it a point to walk as quickly as possible to the farthest gate and back to your gate. Only make sure you have enough time depending on the duration of your layover and the time it takes you to board.

2. Take in the Views

The view in question is not the airport, but the city beyond. If you’re travelling to a new city, why not stop and visit two separate places? Of course, it depends on how much time you have. The best places for an airport layover adventure are airports that provide quick and inexpensive transportation to the cities they serve. Visitors can conveniently take public transit from the airport to the city centre in cities such as Amsterdam, Sydney, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Toronto, and spend a half-day exploring.

3. Do Some Good Old Window Shopping

Many airports around the world resemble tarted up shopping centres with planes landing on the side, and prices are high because there aren’t any other options. However, you can have a lot of fun playing with travel devices, getting a massage in one of those massage chairs, sampling lotions and checking fragrances in perfume shops, flipping through books at the bookstore, trying on clothes you want at the different stores available there, and looking at or even purchasing souvenirs. Who knows when you’ll be able to return?

4. Eat Up!

Consider trying some local cuisine at the airport if you have a few hours to kill during your layover. Let’s face it, your in-flight meal wasn’t great, so treat your taste buds when you’re in the airport for your layover. Airports frequently have a wonderful selection of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy gourmet meals and wine tasting.

5. Curl Up with a Great Read

If you enjoy reading, this is a great place to do so. If you’ve brought a book with you and want to read something different, make a beeline for the airport bookstore and find the one you want. You’ll wonder where the time went once you get started!

So, there you have it: your layover plans are all taken care of. Following these 5 hacks will keep you amused while you wait and encourage you to get some exercise before boarding your next flight.However, due to the current pandemic situation, your next trip could take a while. So, in the meantime, why not make the most of virtual video travel? Without any layovers, you can fly to any place you want from the comfort of your own home. You can go anywhere in the world with virtual tours and explore to your heart’s content!