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Bored Until Boarding

It’s not our fault that you’re traveling today, the worst travel day of the year.

Poor Snugglepuss. Reading this on your BlackBerry at gate 24 on hour five of a 30-minute delay.

Maybe now’s a good time to share our best boredom-bashing travel tips.

Stuck in Traffic in the Taxi
You get carsick if you read, but not if you listen. Before you leave, go to Audible.com and download I Am America (and So Can You!) for laughs and On the Road to be reminded how much longer your journey could be.

Of course, it’s too late to do that now. So teach yourself to meditate. Inhale and exhale to a count of one, then two, then three, up to ten, then backward. The car has moved ten inches, and your brow is unfurrowed.

Terminal Boredom
The best time to tackle the to-do list? When there’s nothing to do. Stash in your carry-on: seven unread New Yorkers, unpaid AmEx bills, office expenses, tweezers. About those 357 unanswered e-mails …

Need to get online? Check TravelPost’s handy airport WiFi guide. Need a power outlet? Look for the vacuum cleaner plugs (usually in a pillar — no one else is looking there). Need a comfy chair? Join Priority Pass for access to more than 500 airport lounges or pony up the $50 to get into your carrier’s for the day.

High in the Sky
When the movie is unwatchable, befriend your seatmate with travel Scrabble or keep yourself entertained with Schott’s Miscellany 2008.

And seriously, go tweeze your eyebrows already. Airplane bathroom light reveals wonders.

Relax. You’ll be in Boca soon.