Here are some ideas to help you pass the time when stuck waiting for your plane, train, or automobile.
Alright – you’ve done it. You’ve picked a country to study in. You’ve applied to your program. You’ve been accepted and you’re ready to go! Unless you are studying somewhere you can drive to, you will most likely be spending a good amount of time on a plane and in an airport. If you are planning on traveling while abroad (which is arguably one of the best parts of studying abroad!) then you will be spending MORE time you ever thought possible in train stations, bus depots and airports. Just like the United States, planes overseas are often delayed. But do not fear! When you are stuck at an airport, train station or bus station with time to kill, here is a list of things to do to make the time disappear!
Shop (or browse) Until You Drop!
Depending on which transportation hub you are in, there might be some great shopping opportunities! Check on the foreign garb of the city you are in – if its a on the pricey side (as much airport shopping is) why not browse around or even try some on to see how it looks? Who knows – you might find the perfect present for your little brother back home or host mom in your foreign city.
Become A Food Critic:
Check out some of the local food – and no, McDonalds is not considered “local” just because it is at the train station. While many transportation hubs have a lot of generic, chain restaurant food, you can always find something a little unique. Try a small coffee shop or kiosk. Ask the information desk for suggestions on not only where to go but what to get!
Put Your Journalism Skills to Work!
While studying abroad, there are so many reasons to keep a journal of your experiences. However, one of the more surprising ones, is its a great way to pass the time while you’re camping out at an airport or trains/bus station. If you are traveling to a new destination, write about what your goals are for your trip – what sites you want to see, what friends you want to make, etc. If you are coming home from a long weekend away, write all about your trip – and the sooner you write everything down the better because you’ll forget the details before you know it!
Do You Have A Computer?
If you happened to lug your laptop on your travels with you, then you may be in luck. Before you leave for your trip, download a movie or tv show to watch while traveling or stuck in the airport! It’ll make the time fly by. Also – check to see if your airport, train station or bus station has free or cheap wireless! Many of the major airports have day passes on the internet for a good rate and some of the more marginal airports even offer it for free!