So you’re at the airport. You’ve bought yourself a shitty starbucks beverage. You’ve scrolled through enough random posts on your Instagram explore page to make your eyes bulge. And your flight is still 5 hours away. My fellow insatiable traveler, I’ve been there.
Here are a few activities that helped me eat up excess time at the airport without feeling like a social media junkie.
1. Give yourself (or your travel buddy) a facial.
Make it a habit to travel with a few sheet masks, mud masks, serums, and/or face oils in your carry-on, and put them to good use! Everybody’s face looks exhausted and dry after air travel, but yours doesn’t have to. Here are a few products I always carry with me:
2. Knit a scarf.
Knitting is one of the easiest and most rewarding crafts I have found. I knit while watching TV at home so that I feel productive, so why not translate that same productivity to my airport wait? Knitting has also been great for my anxiety, as it keeps my hands busy and focuses my energy on one tactile thing. Here’s a tutorial for how to start knitting a scarf (the only thing I know how to knit…still productive though).
3. Clear out your email inboxes.
I have over 8,000 unread emails in my inboxes at all times. Waiting for a delayed flight is as good a time as any to sort through the junk mail and declutter my inboxes. It’s small, but it feels really good to make that red notification bubble disappear from my home screen.
4. Practice Yoga
You’re about to spend hours sitting in a cramped seat. Why spend the time before that also waiting in a cramped seat? Get up, find a quiet space near your luggage and gate, and flow through a sun salutation or two. Believe me, anybody who happens to look over and see you stretching will be jealous of your IDGAF persona.
5. Read that book.
I mean settle in, get comfortable with your neck pillow and that shitty starbucks beverage, and let yourself melt into the book that you’ve been meaning to read for ages. Pick something you enjoy reading, so that it’s not a forced situation but a relaxed one.
6. Research cool and unusual spots to explore at your destination.
You’ve probably already made plans, but this is the perfect time to dig around online and find some tiny parks or hole-in-the-wall coffee shops within your destination. Even if you’re traveling on business, there’s always time for a cup of coffee or a quick pastry in a unique spot.
This list of ideas also applies beautifully to hours spent during your flight. Leave me a comment and tell me how you like to use up your travel time!