1. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Feeling like Italian food? Maybe Indian? Or maybe you’re just trying to find something gluten free? LHR is the place for you. So. Many. Options. Still have time after you eat? Check out the fantastic shopping that is LHR. There’s even a Tiffany & Co. Still have some time left? People watch. LHR hosts more than 70 million travelers a year.
2. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
This airport has continuously been noticed for its cleanliness. Able to accommodate 90 million passengers annually, people watching will certainly be available. Tons of shopping, food, and an OBSERVATION DECK. Still not satisfied? Eight more gates, new parking, and a new hotel are scheduled to open in March of 2014.
3. San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Feeling antsy? Take a ride around the Skytrain. There are two different lines that you can take around the airport. These are free. Next, head on over to check out some of the museum quality exhibits featured around the airport. If you have an insane amount of time to kill, buy a cheap ticket for the BART and head into downtown SF for a couple of hours. It won’t break the bank and there are stops every 15 minutes or so. If your flight delay is making you uneasy you can also check out their private yoga room. Namaste.
4. Zurich Airport
First and foremost, Zurich Airport was expanded majorly in 2003 adding on an underground AND automated train called Skymetro that will shuttle all travelers around. But even better? Zurich Airport is only a 10 minute train ride from the city center of Zurich with trains leaving EVERY 10 MINUTES! With efficiency like that, it won’t be too hard to explore Zurich while your flight is delayed. With some of the best city tours, museums, and food in the world- splurge on a train pass for the day and see the sights. You won’t regret it.
5. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
I wouldn’t even worry if you get stuck at Hong Kong international, there’s so many things to do to fill your time you won’t even know how to choose. Of course there’s a number of amazing and fancy shops to spoil yourselves or others. There’s no shortage of food choices, either. There’s the finest Asian cuisine, fast food choices, western restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cafes. But if you’re really looking for something different, check out their IMAX THEATRE. Yes, a theatre. If you aren’t in the mood for a movie, you can always expand your brain in the Dream Come True Education Park. Technically it’s for children but hey- I’m not ready to grow up.
6. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
It’s just like Las Vegas! Except it’s not. But hey, they have a casino. Kill some time by trying your hand at poker. Maybe you’ll win enough to schedule a returning flight for next year. After the stress of the casino, you can head on over to one of their many spas for a relaxing massage. Or check out the airport library to do some light (or heavy) reading. If nothing else, quickly find a mate and get married in the airport with one of their four available themes; “Ready For Takeoff,” Fly Away to Yesterday,” “Say Yes and Go,” or ” Ticket to Paradise.” While in Amsterdam….
7. Singapore Changi Airport
There’s no shortage of sights to see at Singapore Changi Airport. The entire airport was designed with the purpose of reducing the stress of travel. There are OSIM leg massage stations scattered all over the airport for your use. If that doesn’t satisfy, the airport also features a Fish Spa where you can treat yourself to foot reflexology, shoulder kneading, and unlimited dipping into a pool of Turkish fish that will eat that dead skin right off your feet. This airport also features an entire area of gaming, a free movie theatre, and six gardens. Some of these gardens even feature BUTTERFLIES. For the cherry on top of the perfect day, there’s a 4 story slide. Go on my friends, go slide.