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Nor'easter Watch 2013: What to Buy at an Airport to Make a Long Wait Less Uncomfortable

November 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Nor'easter Watch 2013: What to Do While Delayed at 5 Major Airports

November 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (2)

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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Travel App Review: 'LoungeBuddy' Says Bon Voyage to Boring Layovers

October 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Make a Mid-Century Modern Dream of a Long LAX Layover

September 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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The 'Smart Layover' Mobile App Needs to Go Back to School

September 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Three Airports with Their Very Own Movie Theaters

July 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Recently there was some kind of survey, poll, or other question-asking thing that tried to assess what people truly want at the airport. The number one thing was movie theaters, as apparently this is the best darn way to kill time on a long layover or delay.

Well there’s no need to wait around for airports to build multiplexes, as there are already a couple so ahead of the curve that they've already got in-terminal theaters ready to help you pass your transit time.

Singapore-Changi Airport

It’s not surprising that Singapore's airport is fully equipped with the latest in amenities. After all, Changi is the place that actually has slides—yes, those kinds of slides—right in the middle of all the arrivals and departures. The Entertainment Deck is located on Level 3 of Terminal 2—next to the Sunflower Garden—and that’s where you’ll find the airport’s movie theater. Like they say, “its cozy seats and latest picture projection and sound technology is a sure hit for all movie lovers.”

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How to Have a Sampling of San Juan During a Six-Hour Layover

June 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain might make it look easy to go out and explore during a long layover but not every layover is 24 hours and not every airport is easy to slip in and out of on a time crunch, but we found one that is: San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico.

On the way home from a recent trip to St. Croix we had a 6-hour layover here. To sum it up, the airport doesn't offer much in the way of cuisine and is over air-conditioned (so cold!). So, with our choices being either A) suck it up and spend six hours bundled up outside our gate or B) try to make it to Old San Juan and back in under six hours, we choose the latter, and what a great choice it turned out to be.

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The Cure for a Long Layover: Transit Tours at Six International Airports

June 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hanging out in Amsterdam

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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Easy Day Trips from Frankfurt: Architecture and More in Darmstadt

May 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Running out of things to do while in Frankfurt or have a super long layover at FRA? No problem. There are plenty of other places to explore thanks to the wonderful transit system of Germany. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn branch outwards from Frankfurt's Hauptbahnhof, making it very easy to get out of the big city for a day.

During our recent long, long layover in Frankfurt, we wanted to go somewhere different. So we simply hopped on a train and got off at the last stop, Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof.

Darmstadt is located about 18 miles south of Frankfurt and is mainly known for its contributions to modern chemical science. It is not the kind of town that would be on the “to-do list” for many travelers, however, we think that makes it worth visiting. If you want to see what it is like to spend a day in a normal German city practically void of foreign tourists, this is the place.

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Easy Day Trips from Frankfurt: Good Bier und Gutenberg in Mainz

Where: Mainz, Germany
May 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Running out of things to do while in Frankfurt or have a super long layover at FRA? No problem. There are plenty of other places to explore thanks to the wonderful transit system of Germany. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn branch outwards from Frankfurt's Hauptbahnhof, making it very easy to get out of the big city for a day.

Stuck in a similar situation, we headed to Mainz with some friends for a quick and easy trip to see something different.

Mainz is a town located southwest of Frankfurt am Main. It is straight south of Wiesbaden, on the opposite side of the Rhine River. The city has a very long history behind it, both good and bad. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still visible, such as parts of the Aqueduct and theater. The majority of Mainz was leveled during some of the heaviest bombing of WWII, which led to large scale rebuilding predominantly in Bauhaus style.

Mainz is also known as the home of publishing, since it was here Johannes Gutenberg invented his printing press (and the city won't let you forget it).

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Would You Pay $12 an Hour to Sleep in an Airport Terminal?

May 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to our site siblings over at HotelChatter, we’re pretty darn familiar with the hotel and motel options in and around the world’s airports. However, when it comes to just staying put right inside the airport there’s a new option that could be even more convenient than the airport hotel. That’s only the case if you’re cool with sleeping in some pretty tight quarters, as it looks like some kind of sleep pod recliners have made their way into the terminal.

They've only recently arrived overseas, in Abu Dhabi to be specific. Technically they’re calling them GoSleep, and they’re designed just for that purpose—to go to sleep.

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Four Fun and Cheap Things to Do During a Long Layover in Frankfurt

May 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

Typical Frankfurt skyline

Don’t complain while in Frankfurt am Main!

Do you have a few days to kill in Frankfurt or perhaps just a few hours? Whether you're stuck with an extra-long layover or find yourself with spare hours between business in town, contrary to popular opinion Frankfurt does actually have interesting things for you to do.

Here are our easiest and cheapest suggestions within spitting distance of the Hauptbahnhof:

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