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1. Posted by Newbie92 (Budding Member 7 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I’m going to Australia this Feb and not a good flues
I have the money to do 4/5 flights before reaching Sydney - spending 2-3 days in each country stop off
Or I book a 8 hr and 14hr flight and get there sooner

Never flown long hAul , have anxiety so trying to work out which option is better for me
I can’t afford business or first class either

Thankyou! Any advice helpful

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 765 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

What exactly is the flight route you are considering? Which countries would you be stopping at?

3. Posted by Newbie92 (Budding Member 7 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

It would be
Uk - Greece - Dubai - Singapore - bali - Sydney
Or uk - Dubai - Bangkok- Bali- Sydney
And the same on the way back

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Personally I'd do the trip with one stop off for a couple of days in Singapore or KL (KL being the cheaper option because Singapore is pretty expensive), to ease jet-lag and just for a break from sitting in a plane.

I've no issues about flying but my ex did. However it was the take off and landing which were the most stressful parts for her, so why increase the number of them...
Lots of stops = Lots of flights = lots of take offs and landings = lots of anxiety.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2019, at 06:09 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by Newbie92 (Budding Member 7 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Very true
It’s more sitting there for hours on end that gives me anxiety , not being able to escape and the thought of not having my luggage and the end and it getting lost!!

Thankyou for the advice

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Sitting on a plane can be boring, but there's nothing to be anxious about.
Take a good book, watch a few films, play some games, listen to some music and try to get some sleep.
Really it's just wasted time, except it isn't as it's taking you somewhere you want to be...

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1187 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Depends on how much time you want to spend in Australia, your destinations there; and how much money you're willing to spend on fares to get there. Some useful tools to help in your planning:

https://www.google.com/flights/

https://www.flightconnections.com/

https://www.flypointyend.com/5th-freedom-flights/

There are many flights between Southeast Asia and destinations in Australia; and fares tend to be reasonable. You might consider flying from the U.K. to Bangkok, Singapore, Denpasar and then to Australia. While many consider Singapore to be expensive and advise passing it by, spending two or three days there isn't likely to break the bank; and it is a wonderful place to rest and eat. There's some spectacular architecture there; and Gardens by the Bay and the free Singapore Botantic Gardens are worth visiting. Average the cost of what you'll spend in Bangkok and Singapore and you'll find that the cost of visiting both cities is reasonable. I was in both last November as rest stops, flying from New Delhi to Singapore to Bangkok to Seoul and Atlanta.

A good routine on long-haul flights is to eat, sleep, watch a movie, repeat. Get up and walk, stretch, get some water or snack from the flight attendants, etc.

I will be flying nonstop to Brisbane from Los Angeles in March.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1217 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

The more flights you take, the greater your chances of lost luggage. Either only take a carry-on or be sure to put a couple days of clothes in your carry-on.

Direct flights aren't foolproof because we've had lost luggage on direct flights too, but we put a full itinerary in our luggage tags and have always gotten the luggage within a few days at worst. It does improve your chances of landing with everything if you go direct and usually gives you more sightseeing time.

That said, if you want to do a little exploring on the way, just be sure the airline has your contact info and pack extra undies on your carry-on and enjoy the adventure.

9. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 223 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I am not an anxious person when it comes to flying but I've learned few things over the years:

  • less stops = less hassle = less time spending between flights = overall shorter trip. This proved especially being the case last Dec me flying from IRL to SYD via HKG. The one single stop was 'magic' and made such long trip a breeze. I've stopped in HKG for 2D/1NT.
  • sleeping pills. I have no issue sleeping on the plane, but for a long trips I do take a sleeping pill. Board the plane, have some food, watch a move or so and then take a sleeping pill. Makes the sleep much deeper and I do feel much better rested after the flight.
  • less connections. As I've said less connection = less hassle. And if you are concerned about 'loosing your luggage' the lest times you connect the less times your luggage is moved around. So you are reducing risk in 'loosing' your luggage.

I truly wish you all the best!

10. Posted by Old Man At (Budding Member 49 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I know what i post here is not completely true for a lot of reasons but, i did a quick compare on skyscanner.

London Eindhoven 1/2 : 15 EUR
Sofia 5/2 : 18 EUR
Dubai 11/2 : 40 EUR
Mumbai 15/2 : 77 EUR
Denpassar 24/2 : 142 EUR
Sydney 1/3 : 135 EUR

total 427 EUR

London Sydney 26/2 : 438 EUR.

Interesting how you can get to see a whole lot more of the world for similar amounts of money.