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Apart from sprinting through an airport terminal to make a flight, most travelers don't think much about squeezing in a workout around an itinerary. But, if you can resist temptation from the alluring scent of Auntie Anne's or Cinnabon, there are some airports which offer nearly full-service workout facilities for those who are in search of a good sweat.
Lately the trend has been to add a yoga room to terminals, but real gyms were there first. Best of all, the cost to access some of these centers is far cheaper than a one-day pass for some airline lounges.
Last week, we highlighted some of our favorite exercises to get in both before boarding your plane and during your flight. If you're really looking to round out your travel wellness, however, fit in a few exercises after you touch down at your destination.
From altitude to humidity and posture to activity levels, our bodies are subject to different stresses than when we're on land. Even in a lie-flat seat, the body is slightly abused through saltier food, the possibility of free flowing alcohol, and time spent sedentary, so we offer you our picks for the best exercises and stretches to do while waiting for your luggage:
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On Sunday, I was sitting in Terminal 4 at LAX, having a coffee at Campanile during a layover. I was seated in one of the last bar stools, right by the glass display case where sandwiches and salads are sold to go. I was enjoying this seat for the sake of people watching, but for the most part I was minding my own business.
Then, someone came up and bought a salad, and I almost fell off my bar stool. I couldn’t believe what the charge had been for the chicken Caesar salad, the one in the clear plastic take-away container. I also couldn’t believe the customer had gone through with the purchase after he heard the price. Ready for this? Including tax, $19 and change!
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Let's face it; some airports are absolutely better than others when it comes to making the most of layover time, whether that means awesome eateries, the best retail diversions, or just plain comfy seating. One such airport that routinely kills it when it comes to transit fun is Singapore's Changi, but now Tokyo's Narita is eager to steal some of that thunder with a scheme similar to that of Changi's transit vouchers.
While the program isn't as cool as Changi's, Narita will offer international travelers free vouchers to redeem for complimentary items or discounts at selected restaurants and vendors throughout Terminals 1 and 2. A quick and easy stop at the tourist info desks in the Arrivals area can score you tidbits like a 5-10% discount, or free drinks, or other goodies at any of the 36 pre-security restaurants and shower rooms.
The program begins July 1, 2014 and runs through March 31, 2015.
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A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."
The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.
Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.
Starbucks, Coffee Bean, yawn... we're tired of the same old options around every corner, too, and so next time you've got a stopover at Miami International and need a good cup of joe, try a cup of the local specialty.
Called cafe con leche (coffee with milk), this Cuban creation is very similar to a latte by definition in that it is coffee mixed with scalded whole milk at a 1:1 ratio. The main difference is that while a latte typically has foam on top, cafe con leche does not.
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Lunch with the locals in Istanbul
A 6+ hour layover sure sounds like guaranteed misery, right? Wrong, if you're between flights at one of the several international airports that offer city tours for passengers in transit.
Some airports provide these tours absolutely free as a way to promote tourism, but all require that you clear immigration and customs in order to take them.
So before you settle down for a 10-hour boredfest on a bench near an airport Sbarro, try out one of the transit tours at these six airports:
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You're stuck. You're cranky. You're uncomfortable. If you're lucky, your home until you can fly out will be a hotel or the living room of a friend, but many will find themselves sleeping at the airport and that's just no fun. Here, however, are Five items you can buy at the airport to survive long flight delays:
· Beach Towel: Not only does it soften a sleep on the floor or hard chairs, but it's also effective as a dirt barrier between you and whatever is on that floor/soaked into the waiting area chairs. Spread it out on a blanket to curl up on, roll it up to use as a pillow or cover yourself with it like a blanket for privacy or warmth. There are many uses for something so simple, and luckily it should be cheap enough to throw out once your flight does board and depart.
· A carabiner clip: If you're planning on getting some good sleep, it's always an excellent idea to secure your belongings just in case. Buying a carabiner clip keychain or something similar may keep your purse strap/laptop bag handle/shoes/airport purchases bag next to you all night, instead of having it easily picked up and wandered off with while you're snoozing.
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With perfect timing, Mother Nature is rearing her head for Thanksgiving by dropping a Nor'easter storm named "Boreas" on the east coast. Airlines are already issuing change fee waivers for the major airports of the Northeast, and the rain is supposed to be heavy enough to cause massive delays and cancellations through Thursday and possibly even Friday.
While there's all of this focus on NYC, Boston, Washington DC and Philadelphia, let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks about to be delayed at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the East Coast just to eat some turkey with family.
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Starting a journey in comfort or enjoying a longish layover in a new airport are key for having a memorable vacation and since told you that we really didn't care for the Smart Layover app, we may have been lost when it came to spending hours at the airport. We can announce that we have a contender for the perfect app to help us out.
The free iPhone app is called 'Lounge Buddy' and it does just that; a buddy that helps travelers find a quiet corner in an airport to put their feet up and relax. The app will help "the casual traveler with a long layover, or an elite traveler flying first class". If our first impressions are any indicator of the app's actually functionality, we're pretty excited for further updates.
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Layovers are really what you make of them. Either they're spent draining your phone battery while scrolling through your Twitter feed, or they can be filled with the adventure of exploring a new airport and making the most of a few hours before your next flight.
We recently faced this very dilemma at Los Angeles International Airport to the tune of about 7 hours, so after checking-in for our next flight we headed to the iconic Theme Building in the middle of the terminals.
If you've flown into LAX or even just seen photos of the terminals, then you've likely spotted this spaceship-like building keeping a watchful eye on the airplanes and gates. Originally built in 1961, the mid-century modern design is a throw back to the glamor days of travel, but it's practical as well, featuring an observation deck to give travelers a 360-degree view of the entire airport. Inside the building is a restaurant, Encounter at LAX, but the hours of the outdoor deck are limited to the weekends.
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There's been quite a bit of excitement over the new Smart Layover app, which claims to be a lifeline for travelers stuck with a long layover. Thus, we put it to the test on one of our recent trips and, while the idea is definitely a good one, we were left a little confused by all the hype.
Despite what the name would suggest, we don’t find this app particularly valuable when it comes to finding things to do in an airport during a layover. In some cases, such as DIA/Denver International, there are no listings even available for offers within the terminal walls, which is a problem others have also reported. When we found ourselves in an airport that did offer deals, it was typically of the shopping variety; an example is a few bucks off headphones or something.