Long flights can be incredibly boring, but only if you let them. As my life gets busier, I view long flights as a way to decompress and do all of the things that I don’t allow myself time to do when I’m on the ground. Here are three ideas for beating boredom on your next long flight.
Read up. You know that list of books you’ve been wanting to read? A long flight is the perfect occasion to dive into a tome (or two) and get lost in an interesting story. Don’t want to bulk up your carry-on with copies of War and Peace and Jane Eyre? Not to worry, just load up your tablet with your must-read books and magazines and you’re good to go.
Get lost in a movie. Peruse the in-flight entertainment options or, better yet, bring your own movie or TV show on your tablet or laptop. I’ve gotten through entire seasons of shows during overseas flights. Go ahead, this is your chance to veg out.
Catch up on correspondence. Long flights are the perfect time to write those thank you notes you’ve been putting off or respond to emails from family and friends. You can check these tasks off your “to-do” list and those special people in your life will be happy to hear from you.
Practice the art of conversation. If you’re traveling with someone you enjoy, pass the time by talking about everything you don’t have time to talk about during your everyday life. If you find yourself next to an interesting stranger, strike up a conversation with him/her. If you find that you don’t enjoy talking to them, you can always pop in your ear buds and take a nap. Which brings me to…
Catch some ZZZZZs. This might be my favorite way to pass the time on a long flight. Get as comfortable as you can (those travel neck pillows can help) and snooze for a while so that you will be rested and ready to begin your trip when you land.