No one will ever tell you that spending hours in an airport is enjoyable; if you want to entertain yourself, you might have to get creative. Many people flying home from London choose to forgo the hustle and bustle of the crowds at Heathrow and fly out of Gatwick instead. If you find yourself in Gatwick airport for a few hours, here are five ways that you can kill time:
1.Shop Duty Free
If you aren’t aware of what duty free means, it means that you can buy a variety of items without paying tax. This kind of shopping is fantastic if you are looking to buy little trinkets for friends and family. Gatwick has several great duty-free shops where you can easily find the perfect souvenir for everyone back home. When you’re shopping, remember not to overdo it; you don’t want to buy so much that you have to pay to check your baggage.
There are several internet cafes and hideaways in the airport where you can fire up your computer and surf the Internet. Whether you choose to catch up on work, send a few emails or try your hand at solitaire, enjoying a cup of coffee while browsing the ‘net can be a great way to kill an hour or two while you’re stuck at the airport waiting for your flight.
3.Grab a Bite
If you’re flying in the morning, why not take advantage of your last opportunity to grab full English? While England isn’t known for its stellar gifts to the world of food, it’s still a part of the experience. Instead of waiting to eat the cardboard fair on the plane, fill up in one of the many restaurants located inside the airport. Even if you aren’t hungry, ordering a small bite to eat can give you a reason to sit back and people watch for an hour.
4.Read a Book
If you didn’t pack a book in your carry-on, visit one of the many book stores in the airport and pick up the latest best seller. Remember that you’re heading back to reality and may not have the chance to sit down with a good book for quite some time. You can use the time in Gatwick to your advantage and make like a book worm; even if it’s only for a short while.
While you may look a bit strange if you burst into a fit of jumping Jacks, there’s no reason that you can’t do a few laps around the airport while you’re waiting for your plane. Depending on where you’re flying, you’re going to be stuck in an uncomfortable seat for several hours at best. Utilize your time in the airport to loosen up your muscles and maybe even tire yourself out. A half hour of walking may put you in nap mode, making your time on the plane much more comfortable.
No one wants to be stuck in an airport for hours, but it can be unavoidable for those flying internationally. If you’ll be in Gatwick for an hour or two, look for creative ways to entertain yourself. If you do any of the five things above, you’ll find your time in the airport to be much less tedious.
Jen Telons writes for tourist blogs and web sites. She is a guest writer for www.gatwickairporthotels.net. Click here to find hotels near Gatwick Airport with parking.