Maximizing Your Time


No matter how well organised you are and how well you plan your trip you will at some time hit delays that are outside of your control. There are only so many ways that you can react when you do encounter a delay. Get angry, get practical or sit back and make the most of it.

When you are dependent on making a connecting flight and you find out that you are going to be delayed for 12 hours in a Filipino airport I will not lie, anger is probably the first emotion that you feel. Make that a level of anger that is off the scales. It is at times like these that I am reminded of the internet meme that is attributed to Buddha, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Screaming and shouting at someone at an airport desk very rarely will get you there any sooner. Realistically it only increases the chances of someone who is already unhappy in a very poorly paid job spitting in your complimentary coffee, or worse. From personal experience I have found that being polite to people will get you better results.

The best thing to do is get practical, make sure that you get sorted with alternative connecting flights and accommodation if you are going to be delayed for any length of time. If you do have to wait any length of time being able to get some sleep in a comfortable bed as opposed to airport lounge chairs is always greatly appreciated. Your back will be eternally grateful trust me. Plus the complimentary toiletry bags the airlines give you occasionally have the odd gem of an item in them, a new razor is always appreciated especially if you have been on the road for any length of time. Usually you can sort compensation when you get home.

If you do know you are going to be sat in an airport for 12 hours you might as well to paraphrase Monty Python ‘look on the bright side’. You might as well make yourself comfortable and make the most of it. In the past I been fortunate to meet some incredible people and strike up what have turned into long lasting friendships. When you have been without wifi for a while this becomes your new social network. It is an invaluable flow of information that you should take advantage of.

It is always interesting hearing how people finance their travel. One traveller told me that they used to finance their travel by bringing back cheap cigarettes, alcohol and other goods then selling them. This was obviously risky, if customs confiscated their booty they could end up out of money. The decline in people smoking has not affected them. They have moved with modern times, now that they vape they bring back e-liquids, bringing bottles that they have collected from the different countries they have travelled to for both their own personal use as well as some extra to sell on.

Not all the advice that you will receive is practical though. One fellow traveller I met just kept repeating like a religious chant the title of a Frank Zappa song about not eating yellow snow. If you don’t know this song then here is a link. It is not exactly earth shattering knowledge. After a while I had to make my excuses before moving elsewhere out of their line of site. Delays happen, you just need to turn a negative into a positive.

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  1. Thanks for this Pete. Coincidentally, I’m looking for something that could help me how to manage my time. Good thing I came across your site. Pleasure to apply all of these.

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