Secret’s out: The travel blogger is not a fan of flying.
Crying babies. Zero leg room. The “reclining” seats? Can they even be considered that?! Not my idea of a good time. And yet, this past December, I still proceeded to board a 24-hour flight to Australia.
Miami –> Atlanta –> Los Angeles –> Sydney
I wanted to do anything I could to travel as easily & comfortably as humanly possible.
Here were some of the ways that I found helped me:
- Adult Coloring Books. I just love these. I’ve posted pictures of them on my Instagram account, written articles about them in my company’s newsletter, and given them as gifts to friends and family. Such a fun, simple, and inexpensive way to get in touch with your creative side! My favorites are Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book & Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book).
- Podcasts. I can thank my co-worker, Stephanie, for getting me hooked on these. It started with Serial, and all went downhill from there! Lately, I’ve been listening to are Love + Radio, The Heart, Invisibilia, Stuff You Should Know, and StartupCamp. They range from super quirky to very informative, and are one of my favorite ways to pass time when traveling, whether it be by car, train, or plane.
- Sleep Medicine. I suppose this one’s relatively obvious, but Nyquil helped me a LOT during the 14-hour home stretch of the flight from LA to Sydney. I have a really tough time sleeping on planes, even when I’m dead tired, but this helped me get a bit of shut-eye for the adventure ahead. I woke up shortly before we landed, feeling pretty alright, and didn’t really even experience much jet-lag, despite the massive time difference. Some other suggestions I’ve heard from friends and fellow travelers are Dramamine & Nytol. They swear by them!
- Essential Oils. I love things that smell good. It’s as simple as that. I’ve found that certain essential oils really do have the ability to make a big difference in my mood; some uplift me, while others are so comforting and relaxing. I recently tried out the Plant Therapy brand roll-ons, and am quite happy with them, more so than other ones I’ve tried in the past. The blends that I brought in my carry-on were Digest-Aid Synergy Pre-Diluted Essential Oil Roll-On 10 ml (1/3 fl oz). for my sensitive tummy, & Energy Synergy Pre-Diluted Essential Oil Roll-On 10 ml (1/3 fl oz). Both were lovely for when I needed to take a moment for myself to just b r e a t h e.
I’ll be honest, taking a flight like that isn’t for everyone. I got very, very restless and crampy. Watched 5 movies in a row, and listened to my favorite Kings of Leon album back to back to back. Read a whole book. Ate and drank at every possible opportunity. Found myself checking the time way too often, literally counting down the hours, minutes, and then seconds until I could spot the Sydney harbour from my window.
But you know what? The destination was SO worth it.
What do you guys do to bust boredom on a long flight? I’m always looking for new ways to keep myself occupied, so I’d love to hear your suggestions!