Layover Tips

An airline fare is usually cheaper when there is a layover. The hours of waiting for the next segment of your flight can be a good transition. I see it as an opportunity to do something fun.

1. Do a culinary tour of an airport. My flight from Phoenix to Mexico City with United had a layover at Houston International Airport. At Terminal E, I had seaweed salad at The Market, oysters and shrimps at the popular Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, and some tasty fingerling potatoes at Cat Cora’s Kitchen.20151201_182051

2. Explore the current art exhibitions inside the airport. Not only is walking good for you, but art hunting is also fun. For example, I was fortunate to see Arizona’s 100-anniversary celebration at Phoenix Airport by famous artists such as Merrill Mahaffey’s paintings of the Grand Canyon.

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3. Do a quick tour of a downtown area. Cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Boston has a train conveniently located at the airport.

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4. Plan ahead and visit people you have not seen for awhile. My flight from Phoenix to Rio de Janeiro with American had a layover in New York. After a night sleep at the lower east side, I was able to meet up the next day with a friend over breakfast at Wholefoods in Union Square, lunch with my friends at their upper east side apartment, then a van shuttle took me back to the airport.

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5. Reserve ahead of time and check-in to an inexpensive hotel near the airport where you can catch up on work or a much-needed sleep.

Bon Voyage!

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