5+ hour layover – LGA Edition

Here we are, a new adventure taking off. I left Sydney (YQY) at 6 am, flew to Toronto (YYZ) and now here I am in LaGuardia, New York (LGA) — for 9 hours. Yes, that was not a typo. Cheap flights do come at a cost turns out. I am currently residing around Terminal C and D. There’s plenty of seating, so that’s not an issue. The windows are fairly large, so you can see the planes arriving and departing. If you would like to have a nice sit down meal (which I planned on doing — since, let’s be honest, time is not an issue for me), make sure you have a debit/credit card on hand. Unlike me, who only has cash resorted to the Cibo Express Gourmet Markets food. a.k.a. a packaged turkey sandwich that cost way too much — but it’s all part of the adventure right? and in all honesty, after being up for 8 hours, it tastes pretty dang good. So. Bring a debit/credit card (which most people have anyway — I’m just the minority). WIFI at LGA, they have kindly but slightly stingily only allow you to have 30 minutes of free wifi. So, I mean, my layover is 8 hours and 30 minutes longer than that time limit. Which, isn’t necessarily a bad thing – maybe they have our best interests at heart, not wanting us to fry our brains. Probably not. You can buy wifi, through a monthly plan, or by the day if you’re quite desperate. I. am quite desperate. Now, depending on your interests and boredom levels, this list may be even more boring than the layover itself — but here are some of my layover suggestions that will get me through the day!

  1. Laptop/Cell Phone + chargers
    • pretty self explanatory, we do live in this digital age and this is the perfect time to be anti-social in a large group without being judged hardcore.
  2. Books!!!
    • E-books, actual paper books — whatever you use to obtain these beautiful resources, download them! Stock up on them! I brought 3 paperback books (which does add to the weight of my load; but that’s my personal decision). If you don’t mind, or you like, or have an e-reader, that would probably be the most efficient and compact way of bringing multiple books that don’t weigh you down.
  3. Paper + Writing Utensils
    • This is definitely a big one for me, for someone who doodles, draws, writes constantly and endlessly, this is just a must-have.
  4. Camera
    • I love taking pictures — and what better place to play around with your camera and get some artsy shots?
  5. Music
    • An obvious must for anyone. I already mentioned some pretty sweet playlists – but these are few of the songs that I’ve been listening to while I’m 40 000 ft in the air
      • I lived – One Republic
      • Downside of Growing Up – Maddie & Tae
      • Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
      • Always Home – Eric Angus Whyte
      • 30 000 Feet – Ben Rector
      • A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
      • The Idiot – Stan Rogers
  6. Netflix
    • I had to include this, yes, it has definitely helped pass some of the time here. There is for sure crap on Netflix but these are some of my fav (no judging)
      • Gilmore Girls
      • When Calls the Heart
      • Bones
      • The Musketeers (BBC)
      • Merlin
      • Switched at Birth
      • Abstract: The Art of Design
  7. Write
    • Documenting your trip is always a great way of remembering those long airport waits, or funny thing that happened years down the road.
  8. People Watching
    • Is that creepy? I mean, I’m pretty sure we all do it — we just … don’t admit it. Socially unacceptable right. Well, I’m here to stop that taboo because 1. There are already to many taboo subjects 2. um. I know it’s not just me that looks around and wonders about the people passing by. Seriously, what are they thinking, why are they here, where are they going … or maybe, maybe it is just me. aha

At this very moment in time, I still have 5 hours until my next, last and final flight. So, we’re getting there. If I wasn’t travelling alone, I would have definitely went into New York for the day. But as it is, here I sit, looking out at the blue skied, city skyline and bustling tarmac. Also, forgetting once … maybe twice, that I am in the U.S. of A and tried paying for things with good ol’ Queen Elizabeth, oops. So, farewell for now. Palmetto State here I come.