Friday, 23 September 2016

Luxury Layover: London

Afternoon tea at the historic Maison Bertaux in SoHo
Wikicommons image
Do you crave a day of luxury in London? Or perhaps a whole weekend?

There are lots of possibilities. We've sourced the following to give you some ideas.

Here are some luxury London tour and transfer options you might consider:
1. Luxury Rolls Royce at Your Disposal in London Including a Chauffeur
2. Private Tour: Chauffeur Driven London Shopping Trip
3. London Eye: Romantic Private Capsule for Two with Champagne
4. Private Chauffeured Vehicle to Stonehenge from London
5. Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea
6. Private Tour: London Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden
7. Emerging Artist Art Buying Tour in London
8. Portsmouth Historic Dockyards and HMS Victory Tour from London
9. Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide
10. Private Tour: Explore London Off the Beaten Track with an Insider


A London treat to remember your layover: a few luxury shopping ideas:
Top Luxury Shopping Destinations - Visit London
London luxury boutiques - Far Fetch
21 of the Best London Souvenir Gifts - Global Blue
Shopping in London - Like a Local Guide


Related reources
10 Unique NYC Tours
A London layover: 3 stories
Bucketlist: Downton Abbey
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in London
London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
London Gatwick International Airport (LGW) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
London City International Airport (LCY) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
London Luton International Airport (LTN) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
London Stansted International Airport (STN) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
London Southend International Airport (SEN) transportation guide - IHateTaxis

Thursday, 15 September 2016

10 unique Paris tours

The famous Les Deux Magots cafe in Paris
Looking or something different to do on your Paris layover?

If you want to avoid the crowds, or have simply seen the big sights, it's easy to get off the beaten track in the city.

Here are some unique Paris tour options to consider:
1. Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Paris
2. Half-Day Historical Jazz Tour of Paris with Breakfast
3. Paris Through Paint: Create a Watercolor of the Eiffel Tower
4. Stade de France: Behind the Scenes Tour
5. 1-Hour Paris Perfume Tour of Jean Patou Perfumerie
6. Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris
7. Unexpected Paris: Trainings of the French Horse Guards
8. French Table Setting and Manners Workshop in Paris
9. Galeries Lafayette Shopping with Premium Lounge Access and Champagne
10. Paris dinner with Parisian hosts


Plus 3 great freebies!
FREE Tours and Walks in Paris - Paris Visitors Bureau
The FREE Original Paris Alternative Tour - Free Paris Tours
Discover Paris on Foot: FREE Walking Tours - Timeout Paris


Related reources
Learning Layover: Jewelry (includes Paris options)
Get cooking on your layover: Europe (includes Paris options)
Go running on your layover (includes Paris options)
Rock Your Layover: Paris
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Paris
Memorial sites near Paris Beauvais Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Paris Orly International Airport (ORY) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Paris Beauvais International Airport (BVA) transportation guide - IHateTaxis

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Airport libraries and books

Tallin Airport's 24/3 self-serve library encourages donations and swaps
It's never been easier to read while you travel. From airport bookstores and libraries, to airport book exchanges downloadable e-books, you should never be caught on a layover without something to read. Let's bring you up to speed:

Nothing to read? Check out an airport library

"The book celebrating the 75th anniversary of Nashville International Airport includes a page — and a charming photo — documenting the library branch that opened on-site in 1962. Staffed by a librarian who received an extra $4 in her paycheck to cover airport parking, the Nashville Public Library reading room was the first time a public library was ever established in a municipal airport (it was closed in 1969). Today, just a few airport terminals have anything resembling a traditional library. But airports are finding other ways to offer travelers plenty of reading material for free... [read more on Stuck at the Airport]."

Libraries Partner with Local Airports

"At first glance, a partnership between libraries and airports may seem a case of strange bedfellows. Libraries offer space for concentration and relaxation, while airports are notoriously stressful and full of distractions. But the venues do have one thing in common: in both, users are looking for something to read... When Kansas State Librarian Joanne Budler looked around at passengers waiting at a baggage claim a few years ago, what she saw were readers. Or potential readers, at least. The waiting passengers were nearly all focused on their phones... The result of Budler’s vision—and her staff’s hard work—is the Books on the Fly campaign, which got off the ground at Manhattan Regional Airport, the state’s second largest. Scanning a QR code, available on cards throughout the airport, sends users to a site where they can access the Kansas State Library’s eLending service. Visitors without a library card are directed to Project Gutenberg’s mobile-optimized site, where they can download titles in the public domain [read more on Library Journal]."

Intrigued? Here are a few of the growing number of airports with libraries and/or free e-books:
Exploring Dutch culture at the Amsterdam Airport Library
Boise Library’s Digital Airport Branch Opens
Free ebooks at Harrisburg International Airport
Sea-Tac Airport library doing booming business
Free music & e-books at Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport
Free e-books at Traverse Cherry Capital Airport


You can even follow an airport librarian on Twitter!

@airprtlibrarian (aka Jeanine Deckers) is the Librarian @ Airport Library Schiphol, promoting Dutch art & culture (read about its 2010 opening).

The library is closed because of renovations (but she's still tweeting!)



Suggested airport reads

The 5 Best Books To Grab When Trapped In The Airport - JetSet Times
5 Great Books To Read When You Are Stuck At The Airport - B&N Reads
Top 10 Airport Reads - Seat Maestro


Love art deco? Read about Art Deco Airports!
Books about airports

All Airports (every book on airports you can imagine, delivered free worldwide) - Book Depository

Popular Airport Reads - Good Reads

Book Review: A Week At The Airport by Alain de Botton - National Post


Related resources
Looking To Save Money On Books? Read And Return Them At The Airport - BudgetTravel
Love the layover: five libraries worth a visit - Stuck at the Airport
The Top 25 Must-Read Blogs for Aviation Enthusiasts - Blast Fence
13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust - Nomadic Matt

Related resources from LayoverIdeas
Layover Bucketlist: Downton Abbey - LayoverIdeas Blog
About USO layover lounges - LayoverIdeas blog
Take a dip on your layover - LayoverIdeas blog
Go running on your layover - LayoverIdeas blog



Saturday, 27 August 2016

10 extra unique NYC tours

Above Gotham
Peek behind the scenes at NYC's architectural wonders each October
In case you missed it, check out our first 2 posts in this series: 
10 Unique NYC Tours
10 More Unique NYC Tours

Still hunting for something unique to do on your New York City layover?

There is SO much to do in the Big Apple, it's easy to get off the beaten track.

Here are even more unique NYC tour options to consider:
1. Manhattan-in-a-Day: Private Tour with Guide and Chauffeur
2. New York Mafia Tour: Little Italy's Mobsters, Gangsters and Tough Guys
3. Manhattan Neighborhoods Tour: Five Squares and a Circle
4. Woolworth Building Lobby Tour
5. Broadway Theatre District Walking Tour
6. Beyond Broadway: Insiders Tour of Times Square/
7. The Game at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
8. Central Park Hidden Secrets Tour
9. Gay Greenwich Village Musical Theatre and Piano Bar Pub Crawl
10. Private Tour: New York Sports Tour


Plus 3 extra freebies!
FREE (and almost free) workshops in New York City (NYC) - Club Free Time
FREE (and almost free) walks/tours in New York City (NYC) - Club Free Time
How to Take Behind-the-Scenes Tours of NYC’s Architectural Treasures (FREE every October) - Architectural Digest


Related reources
10 Unique NYC Tours
10 More Unique NYC Tours
A New York City Layover: 3 Stories
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in New York City
New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) transportation guide
New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) transportation guide
New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) transportation guide

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rock Your Layover: Cologne

Cologn1411
Cologne, Germany in 1411
Have a layover coming up in Cologne? Wondering what you could do with your time?

Here's a little inspiration. We've gathered the following stories from those who have experienced a layover in Cologne. Learn what they did, if it was worth it, and their tips.

Top 10 Tours
Prefer to pre-plan? Here are our top picks.
1. Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights
2. Highlights of Cologne Private 2-hour Walking Tour
3. Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise
4. Cologne Sightseeing Cruise
5. "Super Saver: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne
6. Skip-the-Line Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Including Meal
7. Live Escape Game Show in Cologne
8. Cologne: 1.5-hour Ghost Tour Through the Old Town
9. Cologne Brewery Tour: Secrets of Kölsch
10. Cologne: Private 2-hour Brewery Tour


FREE COLOGNE
A few freebies...
FREE Cologne running routes - Map My Run
FREE Cologne self-guided walking tours - GPS My City
FREE self-guided walking tour - SOURCE
FREE Cologne walking tour - FreeWalkCologne
FREE Can You Handle It: Cologne Walking Tour - Free Tours Network
6 FREE interesting things to do in Cologne - My Vacation Itineraries


Getting Out and About in COLOGNE
Cologne / Bonn International Airport (CGN) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
KölnCard: Cologne City Pass with Free Transportation and Discounts
Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise


At the Airport
Prefer to stay at the airport? There's not really alot to do...but you could go shopping!
Services at Cologne / Bonn Airport - IHateTaxis
Shopping at Cologne / Bonn Airport
Cologne / Bonn Airport Sleeping Guide - Sleeping in Airports


Related resources
Cologne, a city bursting with life - Germany Simply Inspiring
Study in Cologne - Study in Germany, Land of Ideas
Cologne Cathedral - Unesco World Heritage Sites
Colgone Episode: Parts Unknown With Anthony Bourdain - Eater
Cologne Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Cologne


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Rock Your Layover: Madrid

Felipe III - Casa de la Panadería - Plaza Mayor de Madrid - 01
Madrid's Plaza Mayor
Have a layover coming up in Madrid? Wondering what you could do with your time?

Here's a little inspiration. We've gathered the following stories from those who have experienced a layover in Madrid. Learn what they did, if it was worth it, and their tips.

Top 10 Tours
Prefer to pre-plan? Here are our top picks.
1. 4-Hour Madrid Customizable History and Legends Walking Tour
2. Madrid Through the Centuries Walking Tour
3. Small Group Madrid Running Tour (or Private Madrid Running Tour)
4. Street Art Guided Tour in Madrid
5. Flamenco Show at Cafe de Chinitas
6. Salsa, Bachata and Merengue Dance Classes in Madrid
7. Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid
8. Real Madrid Match at the Santiago Bernabeau
9. Private 4-Hour Tour of Madrid Including Skip-the-line Access to Atletico Stadium
10. Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus


FREE MADRID
A few freebies...
(Almost) FREE running tours - Go Running
FREE self-Madrid guided walking tours - GPS My City
FREE Old Madrid self-guided walking tour - National Geographic
4 FREE self-guided Madrid walking tours - Frommer's
FREE Madrid walking tour - Free Walking Tours by Locals
Free Tours in Madrid - FreeTour.com
Top 10 FREE things to do in Madrid - About: Go Spain
11 great bars for FREE tapas in Madrid - Madrid No Filter


Getting Out and About in Madrid
Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Madrid's public transit - Travelling Frenchie
Madrid HopOn HopOff Tour Bus
Madrid scooter rental
Madrid Metro guide - Tourist Guide Madrid
Madrid to Barcelona train services - Tourist Guide Madrid


At the Airport
Prefer to stay at the airport? There's lots to do, and some good guides...
Services at Madrid Airport - IHateTaxis
Madrid Airport Layovers: How to Make the Most of Them - Wendy Perrin
Things to do while you're waiting at the Madrid-Barajas Airport - RentAutobus
Survival Guide: Killing Time in Madrid-Barajas Airport - About Spain Travel
Madrid Barajas Airport Sleeping Guide - Sleeping in Airports


Related resources
Madrid shopping guide: top 15 Spanish products - GPSMyCity
Recommended day trips from Madrid - Travel Adept
Madrid Episode: No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain - Travel Channel
Madrid Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Madrid - LayoverIdeas


More layover ideas...
Rock Your Layover: Lisbon - LayoverIdeas
Rock Your Layover: Kuala Lumpur - LayoverIdeas
Airport libraries and books - LayoverIdeas
Learning Layover: Jewelry - LayoverIdeas



Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Rock Your Layover: Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Have a layover coming up in Cleveland? Wondering you can fill your time?

It's not hard in the home Of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, but here's a little inspiration. We've gathered the following stories from those who have experienced a layover in Cleveland. Learn what they did, if it was worth it, and their tips.


Pink Floyd "The Wall" exhibit
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
FREE CLEVELAND
A few freebies...
FREE Cleveland and Akron running tours - Go Running
FREE Cleveland self-guided walking tours - GPS My City
FREE Take a Hike Cleveland heritage walking tours - Gateway District
CircleTrek FREE Cleveland Walking Tour - University Circle
25 FREE Things To Do In CLE - Cleveland.com
FREE Things to do in Cleveland - About.com


Getting Out and About in Cleveland
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
- Cleveland Transportation - This is Cleveland
- Getting Around Cleveland - USA News


At the Airport
Prefer to stay at the airport? There's lots to do...
Hunt down the GuitarMania works in the airport (map)
Services at Cleveland Airport - IHateTaxis
Cleveland Airport Sleeping Guide - Sleeping at the Airport


Related resources
Milwaukee resident messes with airline passengers by painting "Welcome to Cleveland" on his roof
How to piss off someone from Cleveland - Matador Network
Cleveland Episode: No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain
Cleveland Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Cleveland