They say that getting there is half the fun, but try telling that to someone wedged into the middle seat in cattle class on a long-distance flight!
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do while jetting through the skies to help make the time fly by (excuse the pun). Here are a few ideas for ensuring that your long-distance flights go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Learn some new phrases
If you’re travelling to a non-English speaking country, you might want to put your air time to good use by studying up on the local dialect and learning a few new phrases. This’ll make communicating much easier when you touch down.
We recommend first learning the pleasantries – the hello, please and thank you equivalents – before moving onto more complicated phrases. There are plenty of guidebooks available that allow you to develop a basic understanding of a language in just a few hours.
Have a conversation
One of the best aspects of travelling is having the opportunity to meet new people, with different experiences and views on the world than your own. And what better place to make some new friends than on a long-distance flight!
If your seating partners are open to the idea, why not turn your head and have a chat? If you need a potential conversation starter, try asking them why they are flying and what they plan on doing in your intended destination?
On smaller, less busy flights, you might even take the opportunity to start a conversation with a flight attendant. These seasoned flyers might have a few helpful tips on great local cafes to visit once you arrive – it pays to have friends in ‘high’ places.
Write a letter home
If you’ve been travelling for a while, and are flying to a new destination on your adventure itinerary, then why not take the time to reflect on your travels and pen a letter home? Your friends and family will no doubt be thrilled to hear about the amazing things you’ve seen and done.
Alternatively, long distance flights offer a great opportunity to draft up the next entry in your travel blog. Just make sure to only switch on your laptop or tablet when permitted by the cabin crew, and be careful to have flight mode activated for the duration of the flight!
Catch up on some sleep
It might seem obvious, but it’s important to use your time in the skies to catch up on some rest – especially if you’re taking a red eye flight or are making a significant shift in time zones.
For some people, sleeping on a plane is no mean feat. However, there are a few things you can do to make it easier to catch some Z’s, even when there’s a crying baby a few seats to your left.
Make sure to include a sleep mask and ear plugs in your carry on bag, and drink plenty of water while flying, as it’s difficult to sleep when you’re dehydrated. Avoid caffeinated drinks and consider skipping out on the in-flight movie – your body will thank you for it when you touch down!
You’ll also want to make sure you have your travel insurance policy organised – if you’re stuck, check out the options available from Virgin Travel Insurance – as the last thing you want to be doing while trying to sleep on a long-distance flight is tossing and turning over what will happen if something goes wrong on your adventure!
There you have it – four tips for a more enjoyable flight. Do you have any other suggestions for ways to make your long-distance flight fly by?