Airport Lounges, Road Trips, Trains: How to Make Down-Time Fun While Traveling

Flights get delayed, buses don’t pitch up on time and trains get rescheduled. This is the norm when traveling. But how do you keep yourself entertained in the meantime?
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Going on a trip is an exciting endeavor. Who doesn’t like a few days off work to lounge on the beach under an umbrella, staring into the blue ocean and horizon?

There is one downside to this, however—the excitement and thrill of getting to your destination can easily be marred by delayed flights, buses that don’t run on time, or trains that get cancelled or rescheduled.

It can be rough because, when any of these happen, you can find yourself getting bored with the waiting and anticipation. So how do you keep yourself busy and still have some fun during your downtime while traveling?

I have a few suggestions for you below.

Get Online

Airport lounges most often have free WiFi, which is a plus. When your flight has gotten delayed and you need to sit around waiting for the doors to open, you could go into a restaurant and grab a bite to eat.  But if you have your mobile phone with you, you can also connect to the internet and get online for some fun.

Playing online games can help you pass the time much quicker than sitting around staring at people walking by. On some decent websites, the convenience you get with playing mobile games, versus sitting on your laptop or PC, especially while you’re on the way to any holiday destination is unparalleled.

Games such as those available on the online slots Canada website are also available on your mobile phones and millions of people all around the globe can access this world of casino games via their tablets or smartphones.

Chat with The Guy Next to You

Okay so not everyone needs to be bothered while you’re waiting for your flight. But, if you are lucky, you may just make a friend at the airport. If the person or persons sitting next to you are interested in a conversation, go for it! You may learn a thing or two, and perhaps they’re going to the same destination as you and can recommend some nice things to do when you get there if they have been there before.

Window Shopping

If you planned on getting something for yourself or your family while on the trip, now is the time to embrace the opportunity and get those nitty-gritty things you want. You can buy souvenirs for yourself and your family or even items that you need and don’t find in the country or that are cheaper at the airport. Things like perfumes and alcohol are much cheaper.

And if you’ve got everything you need, do some window shopping instead.

Other Suggestions

  • Buy a book and start reading – you can never go wrong with reading
  • Learn a new language – buy a language book or download an app on your mobile to learn a new language
  • Buy postcards and start writing them
  • Journaling – now is a good time to put those thoughts onto paper.
  • Listen to a podcast or talk on your laptop or mobile phone.
  • Charge all your devices

I hope one of the above resonates with you while you are traveling and helps to keep the fun going.

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today. You can read more about Jeremy at his bio.

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