The dreaded airport layover is proving to be an interesting playground for business and leisure travellers in transit. Many international airports are undergoing major renovations and expansions to cater for passengers who have a few hours up their sleeve - positive news for travellers.
We are seeing airports around the world being transformed into interactive playgrounds with passenger terminals and airline lounges offering a myriad of entertainment and lifestyle activities to keep travellers entertained between flights.
With world-class shopping at Heathrow to lost and found auctions at Miami International Airport and an IMAX Theatre at Hong Kong International Airport, there's something to suit everyone. If you feel like a drink, the Center Bar at Zurich Airport was named the world's best airport bar in 2011 and for a bite to eat, Hong Kong International Airport comes out on top.
The Ambassador Hotel at Singapore's Changi airport even has a rooftop pool within the airport's Transit Mall, allowing guests to swim, sleep or use the 24-hour gym without having to clear immigration. Golfers can even play a round at Hong Kong international airport with equipment rental, baggage storage and even a pro-shop all available on site.
For business and leisure travellers alike, these changes are welcomed with open arms as we say goodbye to the days of layover boredom.
Getting from A to B as quickly as possible is always the highest priority for long-haul trips but, if you are faced with a flight delay or cancellation, you can find yourself with a few hours up your sleeve before your next flight.
Thankfully, there are now plenty of options available to beat the layover blues.