After a three week trip in Italy, I was done. I sat in a very uncomfortable plastic chair in Marco Polo Airport in Venice wondering how expensive it would be to fly directly home to Seoul and skip my 10 hour layover in Amsterdam. To think that I had PURPOSEFULLY chosen this long layover was beyond me right now. Don’t get me wrong, I had a fantastic time in Italy, but there comes a time when you are just ready to go home.
“Awesome, I have a long layover!” Let’s face it, those are words that are rarely uttered by anyone. Travelers either want to get to their destination or return home as soon as possible. I too prefer direct flights to lower my chances of having any missed connections, unexpected delays, or boring stays in the airport, but don’t scoff at a layover so quickly. It is a golden opportunity to visit a place that you weren’t expecting. These days, I think of layovers as a bonus travel destination. It is kind of like a trip within a trip. On some occasions, like my layover in Amsterdam, I have even gone out of my way to ensure that I have a longer stay to properly explore the layover city. This is the first of what I hope are many posts about layovers I have had on the way to my main destination. This is what I did on my layover in Shanghai.