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The boredom of long haul travel.........

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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

So l thought about posting this in General Talk but l though what the hell stick in OT cos l will get more wierd and wonderful answers in OT (just judging by the "characters" that post in here!) SO.......

Given that l will be taking a 22 hour flight plus airport transfers call it 24 hours, in over a month..... What do you do to over come boredom of the 10-12 hour stints on the flight?

I know the obvious sleep, read, drink etc etc - what else to make the time pass more quickly?

Im looking forward to reading the responses here!

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

the imagine game.....

where you and another person try to outdo each other by trying to come up with colourful histories and stories about your fellow passangers.... great if you've got an imagination and are competitive....

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I take along a couple decks of child-sized playing cards (half the size of regular cards) and play solitaire. We also have a small travel game called Rumb Line. It's a game of strategy for 2 people (our "pirate game").

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Bring a really great book - one you've been meaning to read for a long time. Plus magazines, cross-words, music - whatever you can get lost in for a little while. They usually play some 5 or 6 movies on the plane, plus a handfull of shows and some Just for Laughs gags (no matter where I go, the airline always plays Just for laughs gags...). Making fun of the movies also passes the time (how else can you sit through Scooby Doo Too?). Other than that, it just really, really feels like the flight's never going to end... so just keep dreaming of all the things you're going to see! Oh, and bring alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

the imagine game.....

where you and another person try to outdo each other by trying to come up with colourful histories and stories about your fellow passangers.... great if you've got an imagination and are competitive....

Which is great although can get slightly scary after 2 of you have been playing for 4days solid on a train with an ever changing group of people to use, and you discover right at the end (by catching them hide a laugh) that somebody in militray clobber who has been overhearing everything, is actually fluent in English...

Oh, and these days, every other person i come across seems to be doing those, what are they, suduko? thingies. Writting letters to grandparents and the like can also kill time quickly. I rarely write to people, but got into the habit of writting 2 or 3 letters on every long ferry trip etc, and even writting daft stuff it kills time really quickly.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 13, 2006 10:33 AM by Gelli ]

6. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Drink, watch the movies, drink read, drink eat, drink watch another movie, drink read some more, drink play some video games, drink then sleeeepppppp.

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I like the make stories up about other passengers game!! And l must take a pack of cards!

I do all the usual sleep drink eat things, Paul does Sudoko - l am awful with numbers and have no patience so if l dont get it straight away l loose interest!

We are flying with SIA so at least the IFE is good with Krisworld and has some dated games!

What about chatting to people anyone any experiences (good/bad) about meeting people in flight?

We also will be flying over 24th Dec - do you think the flight crew would appreciate the cattle class passengers singing Christmas carols??

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Yuck, don't drink on your flight - that makes the jetlag worse. On my long haul flights I bring a lot of food, stuff to make sandwiches, snacks, fruit, vegetables.. better than the airline food and something to do.

I flew on New Year's Eve once, we were over the Atlantic when 2003 came. The pilot came on in a very monotone voice. "It is now 2003" that was it... haha I thought we would get champagne or something. Nope. :(

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 14, 2006 10:45 AM by Brendan ]