Six Ways to Stay Entertained on a Flight

Long-haul flights can be pretty tedious. Keep yourself entertained with these six suggestions.

1. Learn a new skill

A lengthy flight is the perfect opportunity to focus on things you’ve been wanting to learn. From video editing to ornithology, brush up on your chosen skill on the plane – you can accomplish a lot in transit.

2. Get creative

Whether it’s colouring, calligraphy, scrapbooking or something else, exercising your creative flare is a fun way to pass the time. It’s also a great way to relax if you’re a particularly nervous flyer.

3. Learn the local language

It’s always useful to know the basics of the local language. At the very least, I like to know how to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, ‘goodbye’ and sometimes even how to ask for directions in the language of the country I’m visiting.

4. Read a book

When in doubt, read a book. Getting stuck in a really good book can make a 10-hour flight feel like a 10-minute flight. I always like to carry a hard copy book with me when I travel, but if you can’t afford to sacrifice any space in your suitcase, download an e-book instead.

5. Listen to a podcast

If reading in transit makes you feel sick, try listening to a podcast instead – there’s plenty to choose from. Just remember to download each podcast for offline access.

6. Plan your trip

Finally, if you’re a last minute planner, buy a travel guide before boarding your flight and plan your trip in transit. Make a list of things you really want to visit so you can start exploring as soon as you arrive.

How do entertain yourself on flights?

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