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What to do on a long-haul flight: Seven ways to pass the time


It’s little tricks that make a world of difference up in the sky.

Travelling is fun, but long-haul flights are the stuff nightmares are made of. With little to no leg space, squished between strangers, there is only so much one can do to entertain themselves. Luckily, we have some great ideas! 

Binge watch a netflix show 
Or an HBO show, Amazon Prime blockbuster, or whatever sparks your interest. This is the ideal time to catch up with pop culture and stop being clueless. House of the Dragon? Rings of Power? Breaking Bad? Or maybe you always wanted to have a Kardashian marathon, but never got time to do so? The choice is yours to make, while you wait to land in the resort of your dreams

Read a book
Call us old-fashioned, but sometimes the best thing you can do is to read a book. Also, we advise putting your headphones on, so no one disturbs you with small talk. Pick up that book that’s been living on your bookshelf for ages and enter the exciting world of the written word! Plus, even if you forget your book at home, you can get a cheap novel right at the airport. 

Play games
Sites like amazonslots.com are stacked with fantastic games. Play slot machines, roulette, and blackjack, or find an online poker platform, and you might even win a few coins to spend on a fancy dessert or some souvenirs. It might cost you a bit of money to engage in the game, but it is a small price to pay to have a good time when locked in with hundreds of other passengers. 

Listen to a podcast 
What is your favourite: true crime, celebrity gossip, science, or history? Podcasts are where the tea is spilled, and new perspectives are highly encouraged. Listen to high-quality content to expand your horizons with BBCs in our Time or wait for Meghan Markle to stir the royal relationships with gossip, regardless of whether it’s true or not. And if you have already completed your binge on a popular Netflix show, why not find a podcast explaining all the nuances? 

Do artwork or crafts 
There’s knitting, the Japanese art of amigurumi, crocheting, and all sorts of other fun activities that won’t take up too much space in your carry-on luggage. If you think of yourself as an artist, buy travel sets with watercolours and little sheets of high-quality paper that can be transformed into masterpieces in no time. Did you forget to bring your supplies? Sometimes a pen and a paper are all you need to kill some time between meals.

Play cards or board games
Solitaire is an ideal option, especially if you want to play all by yourself. For some intellectual stimulation, choose online chess or chess apps. However, you can also engage with fellow passengers and enjoy childhood games, such as Go Fish, Old Maid, and Rummy. Or go the other way around and make enemies while playing UNO. Those +4s are made in hell, but so are the aeroplane conditions. Have fun making them slightly better! 

Have a nap
When everything is said and done, having a nap might be the best thing you can do. Bring a travel pillow, wrap yourself in a gigantic scarf and put the sleeping mask on to prevent rays of light from waking you up. Also, if you plan to sleep, pick the seat next to the window to avoid being woken up every single time someone passes by or has to use the restroom. It’s little tricks that make a world of difference up in the sky!

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