For the avid and amateur traveler alike, a long layover where you are stuck in the airport can be a real drag. Once you've made the obligatory phone calls, often there is not much left to do but sit and wait. Airports, however, are some of the most fascinating places you will ever enter, and you should soak up your experiences while you have the time.
You may not be able to see the whole city, but you can definitely get a feel of the place by just exploring the airport. Take advantage of this time, and you will have a travel experience worthy of writing home about.
With a simple Internet search, you can probably find out all sorts of information about the airport itself, including a map that details what you can find and where it is in relation to your terminal. With this research, you will be ready to see the sights that the airport has to offer.
You can also use this time to upgrade your seat or see if you can get on an earlier flight. You never know; if you get to the counter early enough, they may just have some seats available.
If you sit still for too long, blood clots can form in your legs, and you don't burn many calories while you're seated anyway, so take advantage of the time you have on hand to stretch and walk.
Did you forget a souvenir or do you need some reading material? Visit the stores in the airport to stock up. You can also get food, sanitary items, medicine, and some souvenir-type clothing from there. Go ahead, splurge a little. You can get gifts for everyone on your list right from the comfort of the airport.
Who knows, you might find someone who has the same interests as you, or a possible job contact, or even a pen pal. At worst, they will think you are weird, but you'll never have to see them again, so why not strike up a conversation?
Make a list of things you can generally find in airports, and have each adult take a kid to find them. The first person back with their filled-out list wins.
In today's face-paced life, rarely do we get the time to sit back and think of doing something different. An airport layover offers that very chance to us, so instead of just sitting around and waiting, use this spare time in the best way possible.