Happy Monday readers! I’m so excited to have Rachel from With Love, Rachel guest posting for me today! If you haven’t dropped by her blog, you seriously should. She’s an amazing gal chalk full of funny stories, advice, and sass. I was so happy she said ‘yes’ to posting on my blog, and of course I’m super happy she’s sharing a post about travel with you all today! Enjoy. :)
When shopping for airline tickets for an overseas flight, I usually look for the flights with a longer layover. I know that it sounds counter-intuitive, but you can often save a lot of money on the tickets, and it doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to hours of plastic chairs and fast food. It’s a great opportunity to add another stamp to your passport and spend a few hours exploring another city.
Sure a few hours isn’t enough to really see a city. But a few hours are better than no hours. Last year we spent about 5 or 6 hours in Amsterdam, and you will just have to trust when I say I made the most of those hours (if you catch my drift).
On our recent trip to Zambia, we had an 11 hour layover in Frankfurt. From what I understood before going, there isn’t much to see in Frankfurt and it is all skyscrapers and banks. We decided to take a short train ride into town anyway to see if we can find a good restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised.
After a lovely walk down the tree-lined banks of the river (which felt sooo good after an 11 hour flight!) we noticed the architecture changing, and so we ventured back into the streets, only to find this beautiful town square.
We stopped in here for lunch.
We started off with bier and apfelwein– yes, apple wine–to unwind.
And enjoyed a plate of bratwurst, ox knuckle, potatoes, and sauerkraut.
I don’t even know what kind of pie this was, but it was delicious.
It was a beautiful town to walk around.
But since it was about 3 am Los Angeles time, we made our way back to the airport earlier than planned to take a nap in the waiting area.
When trying to make the most of a layover, research transportation ahead of time. It helped that a quick google search before leaving told me which trains to take into town. If you find yourself in Frankfurt, it’s really easy to get into town, since the train station is just below the major international terminal at the airport.
Most international airports have large lockers where you can store your luggage. Save yourself some time by researching where they are located in the airport, so that you can just drop them off and be on your way.
I want to thank Amanda for giving me the opportunity to chat with you all. Please feel free to stop by With Love, Rachel any time!
Can I be the first to say Frankfurt looks absolutely GORGEOUS? I’m going to have to take her advice and see what I can do about booking long layovers! How tragic would it be to miss out on a gorgeous city like this?
What about you? Have you ever used a layover to your advantage?