How to take full advantage of your next layover

Ways to make the best of a layover when stuck at the airport

Flying isn't easy, but it gets worse when you have to split your trip into two. And then have a decently sized layover in between. How annoying. But layovers don't have to be just hours of boredom. There are ways to take advantage of the time you're waiting out until you can board your next flight.

Short layover (2-5 hours)

Short layovers are usually the most awkward in terms of time. If it's only an hour or two, you're probably better off just waiting it out inside the airport. Grab a meal and settle in with one of your in-flight entertainment options while you wait to board. Brush up on your people watching skills.

Three hours or more can also be tricky. If you want to leave the airport, consider how much time you'll need to re-enter through the security line. If it's an early morning flight, you can probably whiz through security fairly quickly. This might give you time to eat at a nice restaurant in the city. But the placement of the airport also matters. If it's a good distance away from the city, you might as well just settle down at one of the sit-down in-airport restaurants. After eating, you can add a Yelp review for that location if you feel like it.

Unfortunately, there isn't much short layovers can offer in terms of extra sightseeing or exploring. It's all because of that security line.

Medium layover (5-10 hours)

In terms of layovers, this is the sweet spot. It does kinda suck that you have to wait over five hours for your next flight. But the extra time gives you plenty of wiggle room to leave the airport and explore the city you landed in. Eat at a local restaurant, visit some popular sights, or even see a movie if you feel like it. If you're stuck in town during nighttime hours, you could go clubbing or enjoy other aspects of the nightlife scene. If that's not your thing, just stick with the airport.

Things start to get awkward again on the longer side of this timeframe. Once you near 10 hours, the wait can be overwhelming. But if you land early in the morning, you can spend basically a full day in the city. Take advantage of it. Get lost in an art museum. Find the best pizza in town. Chill for a bit at a local park.

The city is your oyster — until you have to make it back to your flight.

Long layover (15-24 hours)

Long layovers put you back on the awkward side of the bell graph again. Once you've had your day of fun in the city, you still have way too much time until you're due to board. Thankfully, these layovers (unless planned purposefully) are not common. When you're around 15 hours, the layover can still be a fun little stint in town. It's a big enough window that you'll have something to do in the city during the day. No need to worry about closed shops and restaurants you might face during a nighttime layover.

However, when your layover approaches 24 hours, you'll likely want to book a hotel or Airbnb for the night. Sleeping in the airport is doable, but most definitely not comfortable or fun. But you do get a perk with a room. You can drop off your carry-on luggage before heading out into the city. When you're only carrying the necessities, your urban exploring will be that much more enjoyable.

Long layovers have the most potential when you're aiming to explore the city you're stuck in for the next day or so.

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I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

She said she had a friend who swore by something I definitely hadn't heard of.

They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

A company called Objective makes Fast Asleep, a sleep solution delivered as chocolatey treats. They're created with saffron and GABA. If going to sleep was as easy as eating a piece of these chocolatey, minty delights every night, I'd be sold.

What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

The First Night, I Wasn't Impressed.

I took one piece (super yummy!) - 30-60 minutes before bedtime is recommended - but when I climbed in, I didn't notice a difference. I was worried I'd wasted my money.

However, once I fell asleep, I stayed asleep until my alarm went off, which hasn't always been the case for me.

I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

The Second Night Was Completely Different

Without doing anything differently from the first night, my second night was amazing. I felt calm and sleepy as I was getting ready for bed, and once I hit the pillow, I was out the whole night.

It had to be these sweet treats. The next day, I even felt more balanced and relaxed - Fast Asleep helps boost serotonin levels and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone), and I definitely noticed a difference in my overall mood and alertness.

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Just In Case! There's nothing habit-forming about this product, so it's completely safe to take every night, and I honestly always want to keep it in the house. I'd also love to offer it to anyone staying over in the guest room, whenever we have guests again.

Now that I'm getting a healthy 8 hours of sleep every night, I feel more equipped during the day to tackle the things I need to do and deal with some of my daytime stressors. I finally had the energy to clean the kitchen, which had been bothering me so much for the past few weeks.

With Objective's Fast Asleep, I get real sleep and balance my levels, so I don't have to feel tired during my waking hours. Sleep in the form of chocolate squares sounds so weird, but oh my goodness, do they work.

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Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.


Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

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For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.