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The Weirdest Airport Layover Activities

It seems as though every time we step into an airport nowadays, we’re treated to new experiences: new security rules, new stores, and even strange new modern amenities. Evidently, bored and sleep-deprived travelers are a fantastic market for testing out novel (and sometimes quite unusual) layover activities. If you’re hoping to stumble upon a strange perk the next time you’re traveling, read on for our list of the weirdest airport amenities! You might find yourself well-entertained on your next long layover.

Oxygen lounge in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport
As strange as this concept may sound, it’s not a bad idea for travelers to get some ultra-concentrated oxygen before (or after) a long flight. Narita airport offers passing travelers the opportunity to recharge with some fresh oxygen. Oxygen therapists claim that the 15-minute treatments can ease headaches and help beat jet lag after a long, low-oxygen airplane ride. The oxygen bar even offers a variety of flavors, so you don’t have to breathe bland regular air. For 10 minutes of high-grade oxygen, it’s only $6.

Adult slides & music video booths at Singapore’s Changi Airport
Changi airport is an example of airport ingenuity. From the rooftop pool and butterfly garden to the built-in movie theater, Singapore makes sure traveling guests are entertained. Topping the oddest of their features is a 4-story high adult slide and new music video booths where you can watch the latest MTV-approved videos for free. Who knew you needed it?

Wedding chapels at multiple airports
When you’re madly in love or looking for a cheap ceremony, getting married in an airport before jetting off to the tropics can sound appealing. It’s definitely one of the more long-lasting layover activities. If you’ve ever considered that a possibility, there are a few airports where you can make this a reality: Frankfurt International, St. Louis Lambert International, Stockholm Arlanda, and Manchester International airports can all accommodate you.

Car wash at Spokane International Airport
An odd, but appreciated, benefit to parking your car at Spokane International Airport in Washington is that you’ll get to come home to a sparkling clean ride. Anyone parking in one of the two garages or outdoor lots receives a complimentary car wash. You don’t even have to think about knocking one more thing off your “coming home to-do list.”

Therapy dogs at Miami International Airport
Flying is stressful for most people, and Miami is trying to combat everyone’s collective anxiety with furry faces and good ol’ puppy-dog kisses. For seven years, these therapy dog volunteers have been easing travelers’ fear of flying, and generally just brightening everyone’s spirits. If you’re in Miami, keep an eye out for the dog friends!

Dental care at Brazil’s São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
While live music is a popular activity at many airports, not many airports offer dental care. It’s a surprising addition to an airport, but one that you’d be very relieved to see if you’re suffering from a toothache before departure! The added bonus that Americans love is the convenience of treatments like teeth whitening, only a fraction of the cost of the same services in the United States.

Yoga at San Francisco International Airport
Another great way to mitigate the stress of flying is to engage in some light meditation or yoga. Luckily, if you’re in San Francisco, you don’t have to start doing ‘downward dog’ in the middle of the terminal on a dirty airport rug; you can visit the FREE yoga center before take-off to let out a little steam.

Putting green at multiple airports
Going to the airport lounge isn’t the only interesting thing to do these days. Bored travelers who have a penchant for golf will be pleased when traveling to Palm Beach, Minneapolis or Moore County, North Carolina. In all three of these locations, you can get in some last minute golf practice at the putting green without worrying about missing your flight. You might even make a few friends while on the carpet.

Have you seen any strange or wonderful airport amenities?

Denied Boarding Due to an Overbooked Flight? Here’s What You Need to Know

Here’s what the lead-up to a perfect trip looks like. You find an affordable ticket to your dream location. You purchase the ticket. On the day of your flight, you arrive at the airport, board the plane and fly blissfully into fluffy white clouds.

However, not all travel stories have this happy ending. Sometimes, you can pay for the ticket, arrive at the airport, go to check-in and be told that you cannot board the plane because there are no more seats available. What? How can this happen when you’ve paid for your ticket, entitling you to a seat? What happened is a classic overbooking situation.

April Hotel Deals To Jump On RN

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If you’ve come into some money this tax return season and you have some flexibility with your schedule, why not treat yourself to a memorable trip? Despite flight prices usually being higher within 4 weeks of departure, we found that these 10 destinations have fabulous April flight deals. What’s usually the most expensive thing besides flights? Accommodation… We found hotel steals in each of these cities. So pick your favorite destination, pack a bag and enjoy a break this spring!

Effects of Flying: How Flying Seriously Messes With Your Mind

Effects of Flying: How Flying Seriously Messes With Your Mind

Have you ever experienced the effects of flying? The dehydration, strong emotions, achy joints and lack of clarity? There are few human inventions greater than the advent of air travel, but the truth is that human bodies weren’t made to fly. Being sealed in a metal tube 30,000 feet above the ground has physical effects (like dehydration) but also has some serious ramifications when it comes to your mood. Blame the cramped space or the radiation our bodies are absorbing, but there’s no denying that flying takes its toll every time we board a plane. These physical and emotional effects are unnerving, and they can also lead to added stress on our immune systems. If you’re taking a flight soon and want to remain as healthy as possible, read our guide to mitigating the ways that flying can mess with your mind and body.

Navigating Dining Etiquette Rules Abroad 

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Do You Know The Dining Etiquette In Other Countries?

When traveling internationally, you need to be sensitive to cultural differences. While some differences may be well-known and easily avoided, many missteps can occur while dining in other countries and partaking in local cuisine. To help guide you away from possible faux-pas, we’ve compiled this handy guide to dining etiquette rules while living abroad.