NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Business travelers often spend more than their fair share of time stuck in airports waiting for connecting flights or biding their time through lengthy delays. Thankfully, airports in larger cities are catching on to the fact that travelers need a quiet refuge to decompress, relax or get some work done, and today's frequent fliers can find everything from spas to gyms as soon as they make their way through security. Although the options aren't always cheap, they can add a level of comfort or much-needed productivity to an otherwise stressful travel experience.
Check out the five best ways to get away from it all before you make it to your final destination:
1. Get a stiff drink
The bar will always be a popular spot for travelers looking to decompress, says Bob Diener, co-founder of Hotels.com and Getaroom.com.
"People love getting a drink, and they love sports," Diener says. "Sports bars in airports are really building out. Standing around, drinking and watching the games is an excellent way to pass the time when you're waiting for your flight."
Also, premium bars at airports are growing in popularity just as premium restaurants have done in recent years, says Gary Hayward, brand ambassador of Bombay Sapphire gin. The Bombay Sapphire Lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York frequently welcomes business travelers looking to decompress, Hayward says.
"What we're seeing today is that people want a place where they aren't rushed, where they don't have to stand around three-deep at the bar," Hayward says.