Layovers can be a real drag, I know, I’ve had many over the years, and while I don’t get the chance to adventure much, I have had the rare opportunity to do so, and it can lead to some unexpected fun.
It seems that nowadays a lot of younger travellers are looking to make the very most out of their entire trip, not just the initial destination, so it makes sense that if you have some time on a layover, you might as well make the most out of seeing another location if you have the chance.
So, since we have a little knowledge of unexpected adventures, and help from the good people at
Roam around in Rome
If you have a connecting flight at Fiumicino Airport, it’s your lucky day!
Whether you’re satisfying your appetite for architecture, art or authentic Italian cuisine, experience everything the Eternal City has to offer during your layover. Hop on a vintage Vespa and wander through the medieval streets of Rome’s historic city centre and discover its most famous architectural and artistic wonders. Indulge in the most iconic Italian food during a quick lesson on traditional pizza making at the popular That’s Amore restaurant. Or, skip the line to save some time and let an expert guide take you through the Colosseum arena floor, via an entrance once used by Roman Gladiators.
A pit stop in Amsterdam is nothing short of a sweet deal! Hop on a train to the city centre in as little as 15 minutes and get ready to have some fun. Take a chauffeured tuk-tuk through the narrow streets and canals of the city; tour the scenic Dutch countryside and stop in windmill villages for cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations; or, if you have more time and haven’t seen enough, you can always add on a canal cruise, a tulip garden tour (in season), or visit the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam!
Airport connections at Heathrow Airport are common. Luckily, there’s a ton to do, see, and learn during a day trip to the city of London.
Hop on a double-decker bus for a scenic and informative city tour, take a cruise on the River Thames and enjoy a traditional English fish and chips lunch at a local pub. If you’re into history, take a self-guided tour through four of the most magnificent palaces in Central London, learning about and seeing over 900 years of royal history!
Nestle in New York
The best part of being in the Big Apple is that it’s bustling, fun, and there’s something for everyone.
Enjoy the sights in and around Manhattan as you tour the epicentre of New York City at your own leisure or with a local guide. Uncover and indulge in the city’s vibrant food culture; spot the most iconic landmarks of the city skyline from on board a harbour ferry (or when you ascend to the top of One World Observatory); and, if you have more time and haven’t seen enough, you can always add on an NYC film set tour, or pick up theatre tickets or a visitor pass for access to other city attractions and tours!
California is beautiful for so many obvious reasons. Though this is a destination on every Canadian’s bucket list, those with layovers at San Francisco International Airport are in for a treat! For a short layover, why not keep a classic Cali tradition alive by hopping in a 10-minute cab and stopping at the nearby In-N-Out Burger to enjoy a classic Double-Double and a chocolate shake? If you catch a seat on an outside table, you’ll have a nice view of the planes zooming overhead as they take off and land on the nearby runways.
For longer layovers, enjoy a cruise around Alcatraz and hear the intriguing stories of this mysterious island and former maximum-security prison. Travel to the Bay Area’s most popular national monument and experience the grandeur of Muir Woods, then spend the afternoon sampling local wine and beer in Sonoma and Napa valleys.