Many of my trips involve travel by airplane, and sometimes I have connecting flights. This leads to quite a bit of time spent in airport terminals. I know I should just go the gate and find a place to sit. But here’s what actually happens.
The first thing I do is locate the gate for my flight. I do this more than once because sometimes the gate location changes. I’ll continually check the departure information to make sure it’s still the same.
When I get to my gate I find that there isn’t anywhere to sit! People have really settled in, with their coats or laptops covering two or more seats. And many times the only seats available are in the bright sunlight, making it difficult to see anything. I believe I got sunburned once sitting in one of those seats.
Another obstacle to sitting at the actual gate is that there’s usually at least one person who’s asleep (and snoring), laying across several seats. Once I see any of these things at the boarding area, I go to my “how to pass the time” list.
One thing I like to do is visit the stores. I don’t normally buy souvenirs from places where I’m only at the airport, but there are jewelry shops, gadget stores, and food courts I can visit (and look for chocolate).
Sometimes I multitask by watching other travelers while I’m walking through the terminal. If I’m on a people mover, I even feel as though I got some exercise. This is important because I’ve already eaten the chocolate I just bought. But eventually it’s time to go back to my gate, where I either stand or lean against a wall and read emails on my smartphone. I’ll be sitting on the plane soon enough!