Whenever we travel somewhere, most of us think of heading to our destination the soonest we can, which leads to skipping a long layover. Did you ever think that a long layover could be fun?
People think this is a waste of time, getting stuck in an unfamiliar place but, how about changing this point of view and say this can be FUN; A free mini-vacation that can rock your day! Being a tourist and explore a new place for a short time how enjoying it can be.
Now let’s turn an uff to a WOW! Here are some tips on how to prepare for a long layover:
- You can use Skyscanner to check the best flight deal with a long layover.
- Make sure to layover in a country without additional documents require or prepare the necessary documents if it is easy to process.
- Check their currency and budget your mini-vacation if you wish to buy any souvenir, for food and transportation.
- Do research which place you would like to visit in that country and prepare your little guide or map.
- Remember that you may not have a phone signal in the other country, then roaming data can save your life.
A few years ago, I did my first long layover in Dusseldorf to enjoy a mini-vacation, and that was my solo travel from Spain to the Philippines. I can’t remember clearly, but I think it was an 18-20hours layover, so I’ve prepared for that following the tips mentioned above. I’ve booked a hostel with six beds for female only, and luckily there was only 2 of us occupying the room my whole stay at the hostel. I had so much fun on this solo mini-vacation even though it was a challenge to not being able to find any single person that speaks English on my mini escape.
Enjoy some of my captured moments: