We’ve all been there – you step off a long haul flight, exhausted, and all you want to do is to check into your hotel or hostel. Sorry, no such luck! In a lot of places, you’ll be lucky to even see your room or dorm before 2pm or 3pm, let alone finally have the chance to let your head hit the pillow! That’s why it’s best to keep yourself entertained. There are plenty of things you can do, some requiring energy, and some… not so much at all. Phew.
Perhaps the most obvious choice of things to do when arriving in a new city but being unable to check out your room is to explore. Many hotels or hostels will happily look after your bags whilst you do so, leaving you to roam to your heart’s content. There will be plenty for you to do, but remember not to push yourself unless time is limited. You want to see the best sights with a pair of fresh eyes; the experience will be altogether more positive.
If you’re sensible, the first thing you’ll ask for is the code to the free WiFi. As everyone knows, using data in another country can end up costing you absolutely loads. If there’s no free Internet, games on pre-downloaded apps on your phone will do, so make sure you have some to keep you entertained just in case before you go. If not, you can give mobile casino games a go. They’re a great way to pass time and get a little bit of a buzz back about your trip!
You’re in another country, so why not indulge yourself in the local culture? Even if you’re meeting fellow travellers and tourists, you may well meet a friend for life! Backpackers hostels are the absolute best for this; as you’ll meet people from around the globe to steal a quick chat with whilst you’re all in the same boat waiting to check in. Be warned though – many people you meet will be perpetual travellers, and if you add these people to social media afterwards, be prepared to be infiltrated with images of places you’d never even considered going before – which now sit at the very top of your bucket list!
Foreign places are amazing for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the best of all is their cuisine. When you’re low on energy from a long journey, food will give you the pick-up you need, with the added benefit of it being super tasty.
Read A Book
Yep… time to get retro! The joys of reading a good, old fashioned book are often lost on our generation, but there’s still so much merit in doing so. It’s a way to chill out, especially when you have a jam-packed schedule, and it’s a really refreshing way of giving you inspiration away from a screen. Many hostels have a library of books you can borrow, but if you’re travelling light, a kindle will be forgiven!