Post-travel Depression. The Struggle is Real.
Flying home after an awesome vacation can often be quite depressing. To add insult to injury, you might fly home through a city on your bucket list, which leaves you sitting in the terminal, planning your next vacation as you look out the window. *Le sigh*
Wait a sec… Who says you can’t leave the airport for a long layover adventure?
Heading from Marrakech to the BBK music festival in Bilbao, Spain gave us an overnight layover in Barcelona. We landed at 11 pm, stuffed our bags in a locker, and took a cab into town. Sagrada Familia at 3 am is awe-inspiring (despite the scaffolding) and after walking around for five hours, we headed back to the airport and made our way to the festival. It was the perfect way for us to make the most out of a long and slightly annoying layover.
Even if planned perfectly, the unexpected can happen, delaying you, causing you to miss work or return home without luggage. Having travel insurance will soften the blow of missed connections or delays, even on a layover. So with that in mind; the next time you are on the way home from a bucket-list trip, instead of booking the shortest flight home, look for a longer layover that allows you to get out and explore one more city as you return home to reality. Ace the layover, schedule that flight through a bucket list town, and spend the day exploring, not sitting in an airport looking wistfully out at the tarmac.
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Former travel disaster, now a serial traveler, travel safety advisor, and author of The Travel Safety Handbook. Poster boy for learning from others mistakes. Now I provide travelers with the tools to focus on their travel goals; I advise business travelers,prepare study-abroad students and equip families with the knowledge to return home successful with memories that will last a lifetime, not horror stories. Follow JC on his blog at Travel-Safer.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
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