In a time when we’re all concerned about saving time, it’s no wonder that most people seek out straight through flights. When they end up with a stopover, people think that they got the bad end of a deal. Not only are stop over flights often less expensive, but they also give you a chance to explore a city that you perhaps never would have visited otherwise.
We’ve put together some of the best places to spend a layover along with a handy guide of what to do when you’re there. With the help of our infographic, you’ll never find yourself in any of these cities without something to do.
For example, if you find yourself in Bangkok, Thailand, you can check out the Grand Palace or the world famous Chinatown Market. Abu Dhabi, UAE isn’t just the scene of a flopped Sex and the City movie; it’s a gorgeous city that houses the Emirates Palace. Fun fact: There are 1,002 chandeliers in the Palace. Can you imagine trying to get your eye on each one of them?
And then there are the more commonly known cities like Shanghai, China with its Jin Mao Tower and Longhua temple, and Tokyo, Japan best known for Disneyland Tokyo. We can’t forget about Hong Kong with its 200+ islands and huge consumption of tea. No matter where you end up for your stopover, there’s always something to do or somewhere new to see.
There’s no reason to frown upon the idea of being “stuck” in a city overnight waiting for another flight. In fact, you just may start intentionally booking your flights with a stopover so that you can have a little bit of fun playing tourist and exploring the cities that you’ve never seen before.