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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Long layovers are always a drag. On my next overseas flight I'm supposed to be staying in LA before flying to Taiwan. This will drive me crazy. What's a person to do

A: Those overseas trips with long wait times for connecting flights can just about spoil any good trip. For the budget conscious wishing to tough it out in those darkly lit corners of airports like the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there is a great online read that can help put you at ease. Called, The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping In Airports, it is a humorous collection of travellers' experiences compiled during those dreaded long distance flights.

The info is ranked by such categories as "tolerable," "good" "status change" "goodbye!!" "good to know airport information" "Donna's Favorites" and other rankings. I'm happy to report LAX made the top 10 favorite airports to catch some shut-eye. Here's a brief excerpt from traveller Mikey who was in-between his New Zealand and UK flight this summer at LAX: "I slept on those black four-seater things, which was comfortable enough. Upstairs on the far right hand side of the terminal, found a pretty quiet corner." Log onto http://www.sleepinginairports.net/ for more details. The site's creator, Donna McSherry, has been celebrating airport sleeping since July 11, 1996. So far over 2500 listings have been logged.

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