Just wanting to know of other peoples experience with sleeping/staying in airports overnight. Last time I got a hostel but it proved to be a big waste of time and money since I only got a couple of hours sleep anyway. I'm thinking about my stopover in Taipei... I arrive at 5pm and depart 8am the next day... so i'm thinkin a night sleeping in the airport is going to be much more logical than bothering with a hostel.
You may want to visit this website for advice.
The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports
Hey I´ve done it once in Costa Rica, it was OK, good for people watching but unfortunately there weren´t many facilities so if I´d stayed for 2 nights it might have driven me a bit mad!! If you´re totally broke, then it´s a good plan every now and again but have some books or something for extra entertainment!!
The other option would be to sleep on the planes and spent the time exploring Taipei. Lots of places have pretty comfortable 24 hour internet cafes as well that you could crash in for a short bit.
I've slept at airports a couple of times. Its fine as long as you have a good book to read or are very tired so that you can pretty much sleep anywhere. Most food outlets and shops etc tend to shut between 11pm and 12pm. So between then and check in times (7am usually) there isn't much to do apart from read or sleep.
Things to consider.
Finding a discreet and quiet area.
Security of your gear while asleep.
Waking up in time.
This is a situation where ear plugs are important.
Having a shower can be a big help in feeling comfortable
and relaxed, though many airports don't offer showers.
As I can rarely sleep in anywhere but a bed in a room, I have learnt over the years to 'pretend to sleep'. Silly but true, I get as comfortable as I can (being a little cool is better then too warm), relax with eyes closed and try not to think about too much. Even if I don't sleep or not sure if I sleep a little or a lot, this helps me to feel as good as I can by relaxing the mind and body as best as I can.
That is exactly what i would try to do. Sleep in the airport. If it closes, for a few hours, u can always sit outside, with a book. Dont worry if u get very tired. On flights is the best time to sleep, in my opinion.
I am totally amazed, that there is a guide to sleeping at airports.
i spend one night at stansted airport/London, and was ok!
I slept overnight in Havana Airport in Cuba and had a great time. There were students from all over the Carribean there doing the same thing so it didn't really feel weird. But there were no beds at the airport - everyone was curled up over 2 seats, but using my carry bag as a pillow it wasn't too bad. Definitely an experience!
The reason I did it was because Cuba is such an expensive place, so I refused to spend on my last nights accommodation and decided to use the airport instead because my budget for Cuba at the time was seriuosly eaten away!
I could do it as I went out the last night til late, just got back to the casa I was staying in, picked up my bags and caught a taxi to the airport. My flight left at around 8:00am in the morning.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 6, 2006 5:57 PM by numero1 ]