Why You Should Take the Overnight Layover

Nicole Jones is a student at the University of South Florida and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is studying with ISA in Berlin, Germany.

One of the most cumbersome aspects of traveling internationally is flying. Cramped seats filled with hundreds of people with practically no space, all with the possibility of having three to six hour layovers makes for quite the stressful activity. However, what if I told you the secret to making international travel amazing from the beginning is to do a long layover on the way to your destination?

On my way to Berlin, Germany to study abroad, I had the opportunity to do a twenty-two hour layover in Lisbon, Portugal. My flight in Lisbon landed at 11:00 and my connection did not leave until 09:00 the next day. Rather than staying in the airport, I decided to leave the airport and go on a tour through the city, then sleep in a hotel and continue to fly onwards to Germany the next day. Below are a series of pictures from my half-day adventure through Portugal.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal.


Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal.


View from Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal.


Beautiful Views and Arches of Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal.


“Ponta Mais Ocidental Do Continente Europeu” Western Most Point of Continental Europe.


Views from Western Most Point of Continental Europe.

Not only was the long layover the cheapest option to fly from the United States, it was also the best way to start my life in a new country on a high note. Next time you fly internationally, take the overnight layover. You will quickly realize that it doesn’t even taken a full day to fall in love with a country.

The world awaits…discover it.

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