How to enjoy a long haul flight

While jetting off overseas is an exciting time, journey itself is often less than enjoyable. In fact, most of us dread long haul flights and the subsequent jet lag. But flying need not strike fear and loathing into your heart and mind. Once upon a time, flying was actually a romantic experience that people treated as an ‘occasion’. So how can you bring back the joy of flying when it comes to long haul flights?

Change your thinking
Mind over matter really is the case in this situation. Rather than thinking of a long-haul flight as endless hours trapped in a confined space, look at it as some much-deserved ‘me time’. With today’s tendency to be always online, long flights can act as a forced technology detox. No-one is able to bother you for the duration of your flight, so it’s a great time to get in some rest and relaxation.

Decide how you want to spend your time
Think about how you want to make the most of your hours onboard. If you never find the time to read, you may want to get stuck into some books. If you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill, why not start looking into it? Long-haul flights also provide the perfect opportunity to watch any any movies or documentaries you may have missed on the big screen – you never know what you might learn! 

Do your research
Preparation is key. A few minutes on the internet will uncover which movies and snacks are likely to be on offer. Details like this can help you to get excited for your journey rather than dreading it. If you want to go a step further, why not research the airports you will be passing through – many terminals now have amazing amenities, such as restaurants, beauty salons, showers and shopping.

Comfort is king
Being stuck on a plane for a prolonged period can be very uncomfortable. Planning ahead will help you to make your flight as comfortable as possible. If you experience ear pain during take-off and landing, buy earplugs. If you find it hard to get comfortable enough to sleep, take a neck pillow. You may also want to pack a change of clothes, face wipes and a toothbrush.

If all else fails, a long flight is the perfect chance to catch up on some Zs. It may not be the most comfortable sleep you’ve ever had, but at least you won’t be woken by an alarm for the start of another work day!

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Written by YourLifeChoices Writers

YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.

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