You're sitting at the departure gate, struggling to hold in all the excitement for that dreamy holiday just a couple of miles away and then suddenly a screechy announcement comes up on the PA system letting you know that your flight is now on hold....yeah we've all been there!
Almost instinctively you begin to open every app on your phone and maybe catch up on some of your favourite blogs but that that never seems to be enough. It's time to get creative and here are a few top games we recommend to play when you're stuck at the airport.
1. Airport Cuisine
Depending on where you’re stuck, you might have a wealth of cheap foods awaiting your grouchy palate. Instead of rushing off to get a quick bite before your flight, you have all the time in the world to make the ideal meal of your choice. You know those fries are better at X than Y, and who says you can’t have a frozen yogurt to go with your cinnamon bun? You have nowhere else to be, and plenty of airport to walk around in circles to burn off calories.
2. What Would I Buy?
Most airports have a variety of art pieces around their terminals. Whether you’re with a group or by yourself, walk through the entire airport and check out the variety of creative works. Then pick out which one you’d buy if you were a secret heiress. If you can’t fly to your dream vacation, you can still daydream and pass the time.
3. Scavenger Hunt
If you have a partner stuck with you and you’ve exhausted all other means of entertainment, play a scavenger hunt. Create a list of random ideas—like orange beanies, rainbow sprinkles, and glue sticks, and then set off in opposite directions to see who can find as many of these items as possible. Use your camera to snap evidence of your findings. No sense buying these things, and you KNOW airports aren’t about freebies.
4. Airport Reporter
As “Sex and the City” idols Carrie Bradshaw and Stanford once said, “We all judge. It’s our hobby. Some people do arts and crafts. We judge.” You already suspect that the lady and man across from you are having a work affair, and you know that little kid is up to no good, and you’re positive that one solo hippie is most definitely an undercover government agent. Write a few of your observations and create your characters as you see fit. Just try to be stealth about it.
When all else fails, there are bars in airports for a reason. Oh, you need a game to play while you drink? Er, how about ordering the most exotic thing on the menu. You might not be going anywhere exotic for a while yet, but at least you can pretend with a nice, sweet buzz.
So next time you get delayed, remember the airport is much bigger than just your departure gate! Turn your terminal into a massive arcade and watch that 1 hour delay go by in the blink of an eye.
List courtesy of flights.com.