I’m flying “home” today to see my mom, and as usual, I get to the airport really early for my flight, in hopes that I will be able to snag a seat to relax in before we hit the skies!
Waiting at an airport gate, especially one like this one at Newark Airport, can leave you feeling like you will fall asleep at any moment or become so overcome with depression that you’ll get on a plane – any plane – to escape the dreary surroundings of the gate.
photo credit: kindofindie
So, here are my 5 suggestions on how to survive the wait at the gate:
- Put on some dance music on your iPod and give an interpretive dance show to your fellow passengers. If they give you money, this is a bonus. Use it to get an upgrade to first class!
- Play “How Many”. This game is pretty fun, and no matter how old you are, I can guarantee someone older than you is playing it at another gate somewhere else in the world. The basic rules are this – find a thing you want to count – I like purple shirts – so count the number of people you see with purple shirts. Use your imagination. Not only will you have a good look at your fellow passengers, but you can also get some ideas on fresh new fashion looks (or fashion don’ts!)
- Strike up a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. No offense, but I don’t have a lot of little old lady friends. But, being friendly with little old ladies can pay off if you play your cards right. They may take you as a broke college student and get you a cup of coffee or tea, or give you some valuable (free!) advice about love, life or finances.
- Smile at people. Not only will you feel good because you are smiling, but you can get a perverse thrill from creeping the hell out of your fellow passengers. Just don’t be too creepy, or you might be getting a one way ticket to Guantanamo Bay!
- Make up stories about the people you see and jot them down. You’d be surprised how relaxed you feel after doing this creative exercise. Exercising your brain is always good, but this is also fun!
Do you have any tips for making the best of a wait at the gate? Let’s hear it in the comments!