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So perhaps you just booked a great deal on a Qatar Airways flight with a long layover at DOH, or maybe you just have always wanted to visit Qatar. Whatever your reason for swinging through Doha, Qatar, there's one activity you've got to do — and the good news is that even travelers with only one available day can get in on it.
Gulf Adventures runs a 4-hour off-roading trip into the expansive dunes that fill the southern bulk of Qatar, an easy drive from Doha (but Gulf Adventures will pick you up from your hotel or the airport).
We headed out on Gulf's "Dunes Discovery Tour," which has two daily departures out from Doha, into the sand dunes and down to Khawr al Udayd (also known as the "Inland Sea") just north of the Qatari border with Saudi Arabia. The bad news is that the tour requires at least 6 people to operate, so call ahead to see if they've nearly filled a car. Or just rally your seatmates, friends, or colleagues for a private drive. Because nothing fosters togetherness like a day spent kicking up sandstorms as you ricochet around dunes. (It's fast, it's furious, and it looks like something out of a music video.)
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Timberline Steaks & Grille in the Denver Airport
If you find yourself on a layover tomorrow in Denver, consider yourself lucky. The Mile High City loves its beer, and since April 7th is "National Beer Day," one airport concessionaire, Mission Yogurt, is offering a discount in honor of the "holiday."
Don't be fooled by the name - Mission Yogurt operates food and beverage vendors of all kinds in the Denver, San Jose, and San Diego airports. Tomorrow, deals and specials will be available at its Denver locations.
Mention the promotion to your server, and get $1 off draft beer purchases all day at Timberline Steaks & Grille, Root Down DIA, Etai’s Bakery Café, Itza Wrap Itza Bowl, and Que Bueno Mexican Grille. You can follow Mission Yogurt on Twitter via @MissionYogurt to stay up-to-date on other promotions.
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View from the Vue Restaurant at the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
That was not a misprint; it’s very true, and a lot of it has to do with the influx of foreign mining companies, including Exxon and Mobil, that have jacked up rates for everything from real estate to recreation. This means that most of the traditional, local culture has been pushed out and replaced with gated communities and oversized malls, leaving Port Moresby in a confusing state of transition.
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When it comes to extra-long layover ideas at Detroit-Metropolitan Airport, we would suggest such cultural activities as visiting the Yankee Aviation Museum, taking in the Detroit Institute of Art, or heading downtown for a Lafayette's coney dog. There is, however, one less than savory option that never fails to give us a little laugh on the drive into DTW from the highway: The Landing Strip Lounge.
There is some historical value to what has deemed itself "top flight topless entertainment"; The Landing Strip occupies a 1902 building near the airport and has what is arguably the best phone number in the area: 1-800-2-RUNWAY. There's even a complimentary shuttle from the terminals.
Should you plan a layover in Detroit just for the "experience?" Although it looks like the stereotypical neon-lit club straight out of a movie, the place has been raided.
Stay classy, Detroit.
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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.