No one likes being stuck at an airport during a long layover. You’re exhausted from the first leg of your trip and you know the pain isn’t over yet. You still have to drag yourself to a new terminal, board a new plane, and start the whole thing over again. There are only so many overpriced cups of coffee you can buy before you’re restless and ready to do just about anything else.
Some airports have listened to you, traveling friends, and have decided to turn their airports into mini vacation spots. So the next time you’re planning a flight, consider the following airports to stop in for a few hours.
Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)
Seoul Incheon Airport is globally famous for its features and attractions. You won’t have to worry about finding a place to sprawl here, you’ll be too busy checking out the in-airport ice rink or seeing a film at the resident cinema. If you’d rather learn a little bit about the country, you’re in luck. Incheon airport has a cultural center that offers plays, free city tours and local eats.
If you’re too tired to enjoy any of these features, take a free shower and have a seat in one of their massage chairs. You can send dad golfing while you relax – also in terminal.
Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)
If you’ve done much traveling over the Pacific Ocean, you know that Singapore Airlines is considered one of the best and most luxurious in the business. Even the economy class features robust meals, entertainment and plenty of leg room. Given that reputation it’s not surprising that their local airport is one of the most impressive to spend a few hours in between flights. Flying is stressful, so feel free to unwind in one of their five gardens. Relax by their fish spa or hit up an X-Box 360 gaming station. If gaming isn’t your thing, there’s a galleria of dining and shopping options for you to whittle away the hours at. And much like Seoul’s Incheon Airport, you can sign up for a free tour of the city as well. Feel free to upload all your images to Facebook – they have free wifi.
Vancouver International Airport, Canada (YVR)
It’s hard to imagine labeling any airport as “spacious,” “convenient,” or “relaxing,” but Vancouver’s International Airport manages it. Unlike many international airports with a plethora of dining options, Vancouver International offers several that spread across budget spectrums. Have a nice sit-down meal while you wait for your flight or swing by McDonalds. If you need to unwind spend some time with the aquariums around the terminals and learn about the various fish native to the region. If you leave the airport and return, don’t worry about long check-in lines. Use one of the many terminals just outside the airport itself to pick up a travel pass or check into your flight. Then head into one of their nap rooms to catch some rest before you head off to your final destination.