Flights across Europe are being delayed and many flights in France have been canceled due to an air traffic control worker’s strike that is causing headaches for many travelers. Many travelers with destinations or layovers in France are being forced to dramatically change their travel plans in light of the strike.
We are two of those travelers. Fortunately for us our flight was not canceled, but our 10:35pm flight out of Paris has been delayed more than 45 minutes. The combination of a lack of internet on our part (we were too busy exploring Paris to log into wifi) and the last-minute strike left us unprepared for the surprise we faced at the airport.
As we sit in the airport lounge, we have created a list of 3 ways to overcome airport delays and headaches…because if you travel enough it’s bound to happen to you too.
Check in with the airport.
Sometimes advice is easier to give than to take, and this piece of advice definitely fits into that category. If you plan to fly, check your flight beforehand to make sure it has not been cancelled or delayed. If it’s been canceled, you can make arrangements on where to spend the night until the next flight out. If it has been delayed, you can spend a few more hours enjoying the sites of the city.
But if you don’t have access to the internet or flight information, or if you’re just too busy having fun traveling, you might not get the memo that your flight has been delayed. But no worries, you can still make the most of your time at the airport with these next two airport travel tips, even if there is no wifi access at the airport.
Journal about your travel adventures
Grab a pen and paper or power up your tablet and write about your travels. If you’re getting ready to travel, journal about your thoughts about traveling and your expectations or hopes about what you’ll experience. Then after your travels have finished you can journal again and share how the experience met or didn’t meet your hopes and expectations.
If your travels have just ended, you have so much to share! Start writing about what you loved about the journey, what you learned, how you grew as a person, where you want to travel next. Fill your journal with all your travel thoughts that have been floating around your head since you first embarked on your journey. You have plenty of time and few distractons…there is no better time than now to start writing. And as a bonus, you can add your journals to your blog or start up a blog if you don’t already have one. Hey look at that, an airport delay fueled a new hobby!
Namaste, my friend. If you’re stuck in an airport due to a delay from an air traffic control strike (or for any reason, really) take this time to unwind from your busy travels with a little airport yoga. Downward facing dog, tree pose, or sun salutations are great poses to relieve the stress of your delay. And don’t worry if you think you look silly, the other airport travelers are too busy playing Farmville or catching up on a work presentation to even notice you’re in a full headstand.
There you have it! If you’re one of the unlucky ones who are stuck in a French airport due to the air traffic control strike, you now have a few ideas on how to overcome the stress of being trapped in an airport. Bonne chance and enjoy your travels!
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