It is not uncommon for a flight to land well before your check-in time. If this happens to you, it doesn’t mean you need to lounge around your hotel lobby until your room is ready. Here is how you can make better use of this time:
Leave Your Luggage in the City
People you meet will often suggest going to your hotel, dropping off your luggage, and exploring the area. However, heading to your hotel and travelling back can be time consuming. Instead, consider storing your luggage in a locker. Companies like Bounce have locations all around Edinburgh that are affordable. You can look up the nearest location, drop off your bags, and walk around unencumbered for as long as you like.
Create a Temporary Itinerary
Edinburgh is a bustling city and there are plenty of things to do until check-in time. While you are on the plane or in the airport, check out the nearest locations to the airport or the city center. Afterwards, determine which of these destinations are most feasible. This way, you won’t have to waste a single moment of your trip.
Grab Some Food
Edinburgh is home to some pretty famous coffee shops and it’s bound to be an incredible experience to add to your trip. By visiting a restaurant or coffee shop, you can speak to the locals, and gain some insight on the best places to eat and visit.
Go On a Self-Guided Walking Tour
If you want to stretch your legs after a long flight, consider heading out on a self-guided tour around the city. If you are curious about the monuments, sites or buildings you come across, just look them up online. These walking tours are a great way to sightsee at your own pace. You won’t have to deal with irritating tour guides or other participants, either. Instead, you will be in charge of your own experience.
Visit Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions
If nature isn’t your choice of adventure, you may want to visit one of Edinburgh’s most famous tourist spots, Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions, open early in the morning.
In addition to the illusions, you have to check out the unforgettable rooftop views of the city. As an added bonus, Edinburgh Castle is nearby as well, yet another attraction that is open to the public at a fairly early hour.
Go Souvenir Shopping On Royal Mile
Why not get your souvenir shopping done at the start of your trip rather than the end? Royal Mile is a well-known tourist attraction and has many gift shops to choose from that offer a variety of trinkets.
Landing too early to get checked in is not such a bad thing if you know where to go. With the above list, you can find plenty of ways to fill up your time. You might even end up being glad for the delay.