Whoever said getting there is half the fun never suffered a nine-hour layover. Grazing over a leisurely lunch, flipping through magazines, and organizing your carry-on can only take but so long. The idea of sitting in an airport waiting to sit some more on a plane motivates many to avoid long layovers at any cost.
But what if you knew you could spend your next lengthy layover coasting Amsterdam’s canals or strolling Chicago’s Millennium Park? Many of our talk forum users who have taken advantage of long layovers come to find that these “teaser” tours inspire return trips for lengthier stays. Below are a few of their tips and suggested itineraries for exploring beyond some of the world’s major hubs.