I wish I was one of those people who can fall asleep on flights, but the max sleep/nap time I have even been able to get on a flight is two to three hours. On a long haul flight - that is a lot of hour left. Yes, I can watch the movie offerings but if you have a flight with crappy movie offerings - then you have to endure for flight durations. The longest flight I have been on was Dallas to Dubai a few years ago. Flight time was fifteen hours, with a 1.5 hours lay over (just enough to make it across the airport to catch my connection) and then eight hour from Dubai to Lagos. I was in the air for almost twenty-four hours. Thankfully, I was prepared and had a well thought out plan for making the most of the time to limit anxiety and boredom. Here a few tips for making the most of long haul flight.
It is important that you have a plan before your board. Make a mental list - write it out if you must. A detailed listing of everything you want to do a day or two before you head out. Then make sure you pack what you need in your carry one bag, settle into you seat and once you are at the right cruising altitude - get to checking things off your list.
1. Catch up on your sleep. If you don't have my issues with falling asleep on flights, this is your time to catch up on shut eye. I am always stressed the days leading up to a trip so the long flight is the perfect time to catch up on much needed shut-eye (if only I could manage it). I recommend packing something comfortable to change into for the most comfortable sleep time.
2. Catch up on your reading list. What better time to get through that book that has been on your reading list for months (or years) Before you head out, pack the book (s) in your carry on luggage or download it. Some airlines have ebooks as part of their entertainment package. Check before you go.
3. Get a facial. Drop the raised brow. Yes ! a facial. There is no other time that a facial is neccessary that when you are that high up. The altitude tends to wreck the skin, so this is a perfect time to give yourself a mini-facial with a sleep mask or an overnight mask.
4. Respond to emails and clear your inbox. You are not going anywhere, might as well tackle your inbox. Clear out junk mail. Respon to email. A lot of flights are equipped with wifi, but if you don't want to splurge - draft the emails and send when you land.
5. Plan trip itinerary. You are heading off to vacation, might as well spend some time planning how to make the most of your time a
6. Clean up and organize your digital files. At some point, I had over 15,000 pictures from blogging and travel. I spend a lot of flight time, cleaning out duplicates, blurry pictures and moving edited photos to external drive. Don't forget to pack your eternal drive.
7. Get work done. I spend flight time catching up on my work to-do list.I like to have a clean plate headed to vacation. If I don't have work stuff, then I work on writing blog posts or editing pictures for the blog and shop.
8. Watch a movie (or three). These days airlines have the latest movies on offer for free and you can usually peek at the movie schedule before you get board the flight. Time to catch up on the latest movies.
9. Start a short movie. I really want to start vloggin my travels and sharing short 7 to 10 movies of the trips with you all, so I began playing around with imovie and othr movie making programs. Fingers crossed you might see the first blog before the year is over
10. Plan your next trip. Sure you are heading off one vacation (or returning from one), but if you are like me and always feel deflated when you return from a vacation, why not plan your next trip so that you have something to look forward to when your current vacation is over.
Now over to you, how do you make the most of your time on a long haul flight ?