Flying Solo: Amusing Yourself On A Long Journey

Travelling is an amazing experience which opens your eyes and broadens horizons. Sadly, before that can happen, you have to board a plane. Usually, to tick a country off a bucket list, it’s a long-haul journey which can take up to half a day. When you have 12 hours to waste and you’re alone, things can get boring. This is what you should know the next time you’re on an international flight.

Small Talk Isn’t Dead
The way people watch films and read books on flights, you’d think it was illegal to speak. Well, it isn’t, and there’s a good chance your neighbour is all alone too. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. As always, talking can last for hours and take your mind off the fact your thousands of miles from your destination. Who knows? It may evolve into something magical, like a scene from a romantic comedy. After a couple of few alcoholic beverages, anything can happen! So, take a chance and say “hi.” You may be sitting next to your future partner.

Small talk isn’t just for coffee shops.

Backpacks Are A Godsend
If the seating Gods aren’t on your side, the backpack deities are less cruel. Too many people rely on the in-flight entertainment when they fly, but it’s a gamble. There is a chance everything on the TV screen could be something you have seen before. Even worse, the entertainment may be tedious which means you have to spend hours watching boring movies. With a backpack of goodies from, you can read or listen to music. And, because the selection is yours, it should be entertaining. So, settle in and relax.

Snap The Sights
Once the plane is in the air, electrical items are fair game. Some people pull out laptops, but reports the travel ban is getting worse. So, a mobile device is out of the question. A camera, however, is perfectly acceptable as well as entertaining. Firstly, you can play with the settings if it’s new and learn how to get the best snaps. Then, you can wait for the plane to fly past somewhere exciting and start making memories. “These are the clouds over the Atlantic Ocean and, oh, these are mountains in a desert somewhere!”

Flying over the Andes Mountains in Peru.

Sleep Is The Last Resort
There is an amount of time before it’s acceptable to fall asleep on a plane. First of all, you want to sample the food and entertainment. Also, you don’t want to ruin your body clock by getting your head down too early. But, if you’re bored, sleeping is better than being awake! Not only does it pass the time, but time flies by quicker than ever. Don’t worry about jetlag because it’s bound to happen anyway.

If the above isn’t appealing, you can blog, flick through magazines and play games.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

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