How to make time fly when you’re stuck at a tiny airport

It wasn’t that long ago when we recommended some of the worlds most exciting airports to get stuck at. But you’re not always so lucky, let’s say you get stuck in a tiny local airport that makes you want to climb the walls. What do you do if you have to stay there for 10 hours? Nightmare, right?

Here is some advice on how to survive the experience:

Make it a sport to touch the walls during your walk
If you’re at a tiny airport, let’s say Doha, what you can do is add a twist to your walks! Start with exploring the place, get a grip of its size and where you’re allowed to go, you don’t want to miss any walkable area. When you have a road planned out, start walking and make sure to have contact with the wall at all time. This way you use every centimetre available and your walk will become a tiny bit longer – you will kill some extra time.

You’re at an airport because you’ve been or going on a trip. Let’s presume you’ve been on a trip. Grab your phone or a piece of paper and start reflecting! Example of questions:

  • How did you experience the trip?
  • What was the highlight of the trip? Why? How did it make you feel?
  • Did you have any negative experiences? Could you’ve prevented them? Why were they negative? Did anything positive come out of them? How do you feel when you think of them?
  • Did you learn anything new about yourself?
  • What do you bring with you from this trip?


Everyone around you is suffering from the same level of boredom as you are, have a chat with them!

Clean out your iPhone
This is the perfect time to get rid of all of those selfies you know that you’re never going to post on Instagram or all the ones where grandpa had his eyes closed during the family photo on Christmas. Your future self will thank you for not having to discard the annoying “your iPhone is almost full” notification.

Try to ignore the fact that you’re at a shitty airport and sleep away the hours. Don’t be shy, find the most comfortable spot at the airport and claim your right as a human being to nap. Look out for backpackers, their often specialists at this, watch and learn!

The best of luck to you! We know it feels far away at the moment but you will be back home soon, hang in there!