Long haul flights seem to be something that everyone dreads about travelling. People envision a small space, crammed with people, the sense of feeling stuck. It doesn’t have to be. I take advantage of this down time to get things done that I would rather not do when I am in my destination because once I land I am an full holiday mode. So how do I keep busy?
- Books – This can be anything from a meditation colouring book to a paperback novel. I also enjoy bringing a notebook in case I am in the mood to write any poetry (yes I enjoy writing poetry!) One thing that is also useful that you can buy at the airport is a lonely planet on your destination, read up and get knowledgable!
- Planning – I like to get a plan together of what I would like my holiday to include, the things I want to see, the food I want to eat, my own personal trip bucketlist. That way when I am there, I can start ticking things off my list so I don’t miss out on anything!
- Editing – This one is more for the trip home. I am huge on taking photos whilst I am away so on the flight home I take the time to go through all of my photos and edit them how I like. If you are interested in something else like music or make-up, before you go, download a few tutorials so you can watch them on the flight to give you some inspiration.
- La Music – Making sure you have the right music is very important for your flight so always the night before I leave I create a travel playlist of music that I am enjoying at that time. This can be anything from what’s new or to the very old school, mix it up and keep it interesting!
- Learn a new language – For years I have wanted to learn French but between my crazy work schedule and general life, I find myself without a lot of time to find a class. So flights are the perfect time to scratch up on the new language. Downloading audio books and even having physical books are a great tool to help on your success to multilingual-dom. If you are more of an apps person, Duolingo is a great one!
- Get moving – I know that sounds a bit odd since you are on a plane with a few hundred other people but the best thing to do on a flight is to get up and walk around. I like to walk to the front of the plane, do some stretching (assists with blood flow and reduces swelling) and wander back slowly.
- In-flight entertainment – If all else fails, get onto the entertainment and watch as many movies as you can to pass the time. In a 14 hour flight you can watch up to 7 movies but even watching a couple knocks out enough hours if you covered all the rest of my tips!
Hope this helps!!
‘Take only memories, leave only footsteps’