Thursday, 26 February 2015

#TRAVEX #layover chat on Twitter

The many participants in the #TRAVEX layovers Twitter chat!
We were thrilled to be invited to join in on a Twitter chat yesterday with the #TRAVEX community of travel enthusiasts. The topic was... layovers!

These are the questions the #TRAVEX chat covered:
  • Q1: How do you keep yourself entertained during a layover?
  • Q2: Airports can be a nightmare. What’s your worst layover story?
  • Q3: Tell us about a fun layover.
  • Q4: If you could get stuck in any city in the world which one would you choose? Why?
  • Q5: Have you ever planned for a layover? What did you do?
  • Q6: Have you ever made friends with a fellow traveler during a Layover?
As we had only 30 minutes, it was a very lively discussion, and lots of tips, tricks and resources were shared.

To read the transcripts and read through the responses, stories and ideas, check out the #TRAVEX 2015-02-25 Recap transcript.

Related resources:
Looking for Love on a Layover
Go for a Run? Go Sightseeing? Why Not Do Both?
Get Cooking on Your Layover: Europe
Carpe Diem: Day Trips from Rome
Layover Ideas for the World's Worst Airports

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Looking for Love on a Layover

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Heart sculpture at an airport in Buenos Aires
It seems that travellers are avoiding boredom by doing more than eating, drinking, exercising and checking their email on their airport layovers.... Some are having more fun. A LOT more fun...

Did you catch this post on the Sleeping In Airports blog?

Oh my! helps you find love on a layover
Consider this story on Travel+Leisure:

Woman Embarks on Quest for Love—Without Leaving the Airport

Here's the story from when Meet at the Airport first launched:

Finding Love On A Layover Right At Your Fingertips

It's an interesting proposition, so to speak.

What do you think? Would you? Have you? Would you admit it?

Don't worry, it's ok, you don't have to tell us. But have fun reading about what others are doing. And if you see a couple sneak into a broom closet at the airport, yes, it probably is what you think it is!

Related resources:
Love at first flight: tales of travel romance
10 tactics to meet the man or woman of your dreams at the airport
Best airports to make a connection
Lasting connections: love at the airport
Layover, the Film - movie about finding love on a LAX airport layover

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Rock Your Layover: Manila

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The modern Manila skyline
Have a layover coming up in Manila? Wondering what you could do with your time? Here's a little inspiration.

We've gathered the following resources - tips, stories and layover ideas - to help you get the most out of your time here.

In a nutshell:Natividad Building 3 Manila sits at the edge of the Asian continent, straddling the Pacific Rim of Fire.
The sprawling city is bustling, with a culturally complicated heritage, and a backdrop of Spanish colonial architecture.
Free:10 Cool and Free Things You Can Do in Manila
Manila on a Budget: Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in the Metro
Unique:Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Picks:Customizable Private Manila Layover Tour
Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
Art and Culture Tour from Manila: Angono Caves, Nemiranda Arthouse and Blanco Museum
Shop:Manila Spa and Shopping Tour
7 Tips When Shopping During a Sale in Manila
See:No city pass is available
Hop:No 'hop on hop off' bus tour is available
Do:Manila Layover Ideas & Stuff to Do in Manila
Eat:Binondo Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour
Pampanga Culinary and Heritage Tour
Manila Food Frenzy: 29 Filipino DishesYou Need to Try
Frugal Foodie's Guide to Dining in Manila
The Ultimate Guide to Late Dining & 24 Hour Restaurants in Manila
No Reservations: Manila - Anthony Bourdain
Tips:How to Have a Cracking Manila Stopover
10 Fun Walks and Tours to Help You Rediscover Metro Manila
Manila: 10 Things to Do
Getting Around Manila Like a Pope - jeepney tips
Watch:YouTube: Manila videos
Look:Pinterest: Manila photographs
Read:Manila on
To/from the airport:Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Manila Clark International Airport (CRK)
Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport <--> Manila Clark Airport Transfer
Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport Inter-Terminal Transfer
Manila Airport Transfers
Good to know:FvfManilaCathedralPlaza0445 10 Use caution visiting Manila. Aside of dirty streets, open manholes and dangerous traffic, there are scams.
Do not go with anyone, even if they say they work at your hotel. Scammers will drug you, then force you to an ATM to empty your accounts.
Watch out for pickpockets, and tuck your smartphone and camera away.
Best take a tour here.
Tourist info:Manila Tourist Information
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