How To Keep Yourself Entertained At The Airport

10 Ways To Make Your Journey More Enjoyable


There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a new journey. But for some, travelling can be a tedious affair. It’s easy to become trapped in the grind of checking luggage, waiting in line and dealing with the stares of strangers. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep yourself entertained without diverting too much time from your itinerary. 

To help make your journey more enjoyable, here’s a list of clever ways to make your time at the airport more enjoyable. From keeping your sanity by reading books and magazines to playing games and keeping your mind occupied, we’ve rounded up some of the most entertaining ways to keep yourself entertained at the airport.

Read A Book

Reading a book or magazine is one of the most effective ways to pass the time. You can use this time to read something you’ve been meaning to get through, review some work before your next meeting or simply catch up on the latest news. Focusing and unwinding is invaluable when trapped at the airport. Some books are also available in e-book format, so you don’t have to worry about weight restrictions or carrying lots of heavy books with you on your journey.


Play At An Online Casino

One of the most convenient ways to keep yourself entertained during a long delay is by playing in an online casino. Playing will help you pass the time and help you relax, and keep your sanity intact. You can play slots, blackjack, or roulette and have access to a huge selection of games at any time. All that’s needed is a laptop or smart device with internet access and some free time to kill. If you’re new to the world of online gambling, you can find plenty of games to try and expert advice on how to get started at

Watch A Film Or A TV Show

Frequent flyers often use the time at the airport to catch up on the latest television shows or a film. The airport offers a quiet and comfortable atmosphere for you to enjoy your entertainment. You can also use your time at the airport to watch tutorials or lectures that will help you learn new skills. You can download both films and TV shows beforehand to ensure you’ve got something to occupy your time with. And there’s no need for a WiFi connection either, as you’ll be able to watch offline.

Listen To A Podcast

We’ve all been there, in the airport, and we have a spare five minutes on our hands. Rather than scrolling through your phone and catching up on social media, we’d recommend listening to a podcast. There are literally thousands of podcasts out there that cover everything from fashion, food, money, and business. Plus, they’re great for people who travel alone as you can listen to them without disturbing any other passengers.

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Organise Your Trip Plans

Before you board the plane, spend some time organising your itinerary for when you arrive at your destination, and this will help keep boredom away. A perfect way to get started is by downloading travel apps that allow you access to information about points of interest as well as directions on how to get there. You should also research what museums and galleries are in the vicinity so that you can plan your trip around spending time in these spaces and seeing the exhibits on display. And if there are any performances or events on while you’re in town, make sure to pick up tickets before leaving home so that this becomes a part of your pre-prepared trip plans.

Learn The Local Language

One of the best ways to pass the time at the airport is by learning a new language. Not only will you look like a pro, but you’ll also be able to communicate more with locals. There are so many different apps you can use to learn a new language, some of which will allow you to learn for free and has interactive lessons that are easy to understand.

Treat Yourself To Lunch

One of the most under-utilised parts of any airport is its food and drink offerings. By investing in a quick lunch or snack, you’re giving yourself a little break from your itinerary and making it easier to power through the rest of your journey. And if you’re in an airport with a duty-free shop, now’s the time to stock up on last-minute toiletries and snacks for your flight. Once you’ve enjoyed your toastie or sandwich and washed it down with a nice cup of tea, head back to the terminal, ready to take on whatever comes next.

Do Some Shopping

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Duty Free shop at Roissy Charles de Gaulle aiport, Terminal 1, Deposit Photos.

One of the easiest ways to keep yourself entertained at the airport is to do some shopping. Airports offer a wide variety of shops. You can pick up your favourite magazine, book, clothes, or snacks while waiting for your flight. Shopping is also a great way to kill time as you wait for your gate and it can even help alleviate boredom.

Catch Up On Your Sleep

If you’re travelling to another country, it’s normal to experience jet lag. This can make it difficult for your body to stay awake. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to avoid this problem: catch up on your sleep by taking a nap shortly before you board the plane. You might find that this gives you the energy you need to continue exploring once you reach your destination.

Write In A Journal

Journaling is a great way to keep your sanity. You can take your journal with you and use it as an outlet for all of the thoughts that are running through your head during your journey. If you struggle with finding something to write about, journal prompts can be a helpful tool. You can also try writing about a recent event or what you anticipate will happen next on your trip.

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