So, you finally have the time and resources to finally visit Paris, the city of your dreams. You’ve been planning this trip for months now and have made all the necessary preparations. You’ve brushed up on your French, studied the city’s culture and history, and planned out what sites you want to visit. The day finally comes and you get on the plane, anxiously awaiting landing down in France. The crying baby next to you and the horrible food on the flight don’t even bother you since you’re just imagining yourself sipping coffee at some Parisian cafe and taking in the sites. Then, the unthinkable happens, your flight is laid over in some god awful airport and you have to wait even longer to get to Paris. What in the world do you do?
Gamble: Depending on the country you’re stuck in, you may be able to watch the minutes fly by in a casino.
Read: A layover may be the perfect chance to perfect your knowledge of French culture and language by reading a language text book or by reading the works of a French author. Or, if you’re tired of doing that you can catch up on the book you’ve been meaning to read for months now but kept putting off for whatever reason.
People Watch: Airports are a fantastic place to people watch. People from every part of the world and every walk of life gather at airports to visit family, for business trips, vacation, and a plethora of other reasons. The emotional drama present in an airport at any given time is immeasurable. Trying to speculate on the motivations and mindsets of your fellow passengers can be a great way to pass the time.
All in all, being stuck in a layover on your way to Paris isn’t all that bad. It could give you a time to make sure all your preparations are in order or to just simply reflect on the wonderful experiences ahead of you.