As I sit in the departure lounge at Adelaide Airport, Australia, I gaze around in bewilderment. My flight has been delayed by two hours and I have some time to consume. What I am struggling to deal with however, is the absolute awe and disgust many of the passengers on the flight have on their faces. The looks of disgust, the uttered abuse and the absolute inability to deal with a flight delay. I mean how often do these people really travel? Have they never had a flight delayed before?
Chance Favours The Prepared
An age old adage and a ‘must have’ attribute for the modern adventurer, being prepared is a quintessential trait that will save you a lot of heartache. Part of being prepared is to ensure you think through the variables within you travel itinerary and be prepared for delays. After all, no one is perfect and airlines are certainly far from it. One thing I always ensure is that I have foreseen any delays and have thought through productive manners in which to fill the time. In today’s blog I’ll run you through a few quick tips to keep the tears from rolling down your cheeks…
Let The Words Run From The Page
I find one of the best ways to pass any time whilst travelling is with an old fashioned book. I know a lot of you are probably saying “What’s a book, you mean an ebook right?” I say no, I mean a good old fashioned paperback book. You see a book does not need to be charged, it is unlikely to be stolen and doesn’t mind getting splashed every now and again. You can read books anywhere in the world, from the inside of a tent on the side of Mt Everest, to the hull of a boat on the Atlantic Ocean. Carrying a book to read is crucial to passing boredom. It makes no difference what your tastes may be, some people prefer fiction, other people like to read non fiction, study up on the local language, map out the rest of your route with a lonely planet. Whatever your desire, there is a book that will suit it.
“You cannot open a book without learning something” Confucius
Technology, Technology, Technology
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a man set in the past, I enthusiastically embrace the technological world we live in and the portability of our media. One item I always make sure I have when I travel is my iPad. To be honest, I don’t think I could live without it. In fact I would not be stretching the truth when I said that I use my iPad more than my television and computer combined. Therefore it is safe say that it is a portal to the world when sitting in airport awaiting a flight. I love the downtime between flights or buses when travelling, it gives me a chance to edit my photos, do some writing, catch up on social media, review the news and listen to music or podcasts. When left in the abyss of a delayed flight….. Technology is your friend.
People, People, People
One of my favourite pastimes when travelling abroad is to people watch, not the peeping Tom style of people watching, but the more socially acceptable variety. There is no better window into the culture of another region, than to glimpse into the everyday lives of the people living within its realms. I enjoy watching the way people conduct themselves around one another, sometimes it is an awkward dance, other times it may be more of smooth delicate waltz, people are entertaining.
If this is not your style than engage the participants of the culture. You cannot experience a culture without meeting the people that live it, day in, day out. Even if you don’t speak the language, make an effort, show that you are trying to experience their culture…… You will be surprised what you learn.
I guess in a nutshell I am saying be prepared for delays, life is full of them. Don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy the downtime and grow as a person….
Remember……Life is an adventure….. Live……love……Explore…
- How To Survive An Airport Delay (essentialtravel.co.uk)
- Surviving Boredom (personalliberty.com)
- I don’t do boredom. (rmbenson.wordpress.com)
- How to Ease your Loved One’s Travels with Personalized Gifts (redenvelope.com)