Hacks To Kill Time During Long Layovers
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It is wonderful news that so many countries are welcoming travellers once again. Many adventurous souls have gathered at the entrances of airports, eager to fly towards unexplored destinations. While companies try their best to normalize flight graphics, it is, unfortunately, a common problem to get your flight canceled or get long layovers between flights. To make your travel experience go smoothly and ease the discomfort level that comes with it, we came up with some hacks to kill time during long layovers. You’re welcome!
Google your airport
First and foremost, read about the airport you are going to stay at. Every airport is different: some have rest zones, yoga studios, gyms, and hotels, some have nap zones, reading areas, and kids’ playgrounds. You will be surprised by how much you can do in the airport if you know where to look. Gone are the days when an airport was just a transition place with food and restrooms. Nowadays, you can even find galleries and museums in airports. To get the most out of your long layover, make sure you learn about your airport so you can take full advantage of what it has to offer.
Binge a series
Streaming services learned a long time ago that the best way for travellers to kill time is to watch series or movies; however, the internet can be tricky to get during a flight or in the airport. Instead of relying on Wi-Fi, save your favourite series on your device. Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., offer various movies to be downloaded for a short time. There are some limitations to which shows you can watch, but we are sure you will find the ones you love for the trip. So when there are five hours of layover on the horizon, you can rely on Friends to give you a good giggle or the tragic scene of Titanic to give you a good cry.
Catch up on gaming
If you are a gamer or have a favourite game to play, then bring your console with you. Your brain will immerse in the adventures on your screen and you will forget where you are. Gaming, watching, and interacting, in general, makes it easier to tolerate long waits. Moreover, you may meet game buddies on the road with similar tastes. Take a battery charger with you as well. It will not only make sure that your game will last you the whole trip, but it will help with reviving the battery of your phone. While every airport is supposed to have charging stations, it is always better to come prepared and avoid facing disappointment later. Nothing can make a long layover even longer than a flat battery!
Spend some dollars
Duty-free, souvenir, and magazine shops are great places to spend your time and money. If you have forgotten to buy a present for somebody and don’t want to feel the guilt, the airport offers a wonderful opportunity to buy “authentic” gifts. While they may not be the cheapest, some travellers prefer to look for specific luxury skincare brands, fragrances or tech gadgets in duty-free stores to save on taxes. Books, lipsticks, belts, flags – there are many things for everybody’s taste.
Chew the fat
Do you remember that promise that you gave to your mom that you will call? Or the friend that you wanted to talk to a long time ago but never got the time to do that? Well, this is your chance. You can use all of this free time in the airport to catch on latest gossip, revive old relationships, and network. Just check your time zones and make sure you don’t call them in the middle of the night!
Work up a sweat
If you are active, eager to move your body, and overflowing with energy, then this tip is for you. It can be a jog through halls, stretching in yoga studios, or a hardcore workout in the gym. Just be considerate of your fellow travellers and think ahead about shower facilities. Nobody wants to sit in a cramped space with a sweaty person next to them – and you don’t want to sit on a plane for 8 hours in sweaty yoga pants!
Travelling is tiring, so we understand if all you can think of is catching some zzz’s. That is why it is so important to check the facilities of the airport in advance. Some offer napping zones, some have hotels, and some have comfortable sofa benches. Every airport is different, and depending on how protected you feel about sleeping in public, you may consider some more isolated areas.
The mysteries of Clue, hidden gems of Monopoly, or unpredictable battles of Chess can help you to kill time during a layover. They are fun, and you can find ones specifically created for the road, so they are convenient to pack. It’s a great way to while away a few hours and exercise your brain cells.
Sort out your mailbox
Have you ever seen how an empty email box looks like? Well, this layover is your chance to see it for the first time. With time to spare, you can finally clean up stashes of important (and not-so-important) mail you have been putting off for years. Work mail should go to a separate folder from daily family updates. Promotions, coupons, news that is still unread should all go to the trash can. Create sections, tags, colour code. Do whatever your organizing self desires. Hopefully, at the end of your layover, you should get a pretty, empty box.
Play Pokemon Go
Developers of Pokemon Go knew their way around hiding unique pokemon. One of the places where you may find them are airports. Pikachu by the check-in section, Snorlax sleeping on the bench, and Charmander heating the stand with hotdogs… If you like this game and have some time to spare, you should explore all areas and catch as many creatures as possible. The best thing is that some airports can have exclusive pokemon associated with the country you are currently in, so even without crossing an actual border, you will get the missing pieces for your collection.
Layovers can be daunting and exhausting, but with good preparation, we are sure you will be able to get the best from them and enjoy yourself.
Have a safe trip!
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.