4 Best Airports for a Long Layover City Tour

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Imagine getting stuck for hours at the airport with nothing much to do. And to make things worse, you can hardly find a good spot to enjoy a decent rest while enduring the long wait. But what if a long layover offers you a chance to visit some of the city’s must-see sights? Here are some of the best airports for long layover city tours.

1. Singapore Changi Airport
Hailed as the world’s best airport for five years running, Singapore Changi Airport offers a wealth of attractions to keep you busy and entertained during a long layover. With facilities that include a swimming pool, a beautiful garden, and so much more, it can be tempting to stay inside the airport and explore to your heart’s content. But if you want to see more of what the city has to offer and have about 6 hours to spare, you can take the free tour the airport offers which will take you to some of Singapore’s must-see sights.

2. Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport is one of the top five best airports in the world. It boasts of several facilities and amenities that will make your layover a delightful experience. And if that is not enough, you can have your pick of free layover tour from among the options available.

3. Istanbul Ataturk Airport
If you flying with Turkish Airlines and have a layover in Istanbul, make sure that you do not miss out on the free Touristanbul layover service. The free tours run daily with different schedules to choose from. Taking the tour offers you the chance to see some of the city’s iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque.

4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
A layover in Amsterdam airport would be far from boring. The airport is only a short trip away to the heart of the city, which makes it easier for passengers on long layovers to go on self-guided tours to explore some of Amsterdam’s attractions. There is a railway line that links the airport directly to the Amsterdam Central Station. KLM also offers a Layover with a Local app and service. This free layover service connects you to a local guide that best matches your interests and provides you with a free train ticket as well as detailed instructions on where to meet your guide.

Keeping Holiday Trips Less Stressful

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Holiday travel is a great time to have fun, get away from the usual routines, and be in the company of people you care about. But traveling during the holiday season has its share stress triggers. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap the holiday spirit out of you. Here are a few tips on avoiding travel stress and make your trip more pleasant.

1. Get ready for unexpected delays. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling during the holidays. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be slower than normal due to the significant increase in number of people traveling for the holidays.

2. Check flight details multiple times. Flight delays and cancellations are common, especially during the holidays, for various reasons. Check flight information or details at least one day before your scheduled departure to know if there has been any change in your itinerary. A good way to reduce stress of holiday travel is to anticipate any travel-related snag and be ready to deal with it should it arise.

3. Know what to expect. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.

4. Keep your cool. Try to always look at the bright side. But be prepared for whatever unpleasant situations may occur. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Keep your cool when your plans hit a snag such as overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary.

5. Eat and hydrate. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.

6. Leave needless baggage behind. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.