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11. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, I fly a lot, both for business and pleasure. My longest trip at one shot was 34 hours (Baltimore, Maryland to Bangalore, India). It was 21 hours flying, 13 waiting.

Baltimore to New York 2 hours, then 2 hour layover
New York to Frankfurt, 7 hours, 1 hour wait for flight to leave, Frankfurt to Mumbai (Bombay), 9 hours, then 10 hour connection wait Mumbai (Bombay) to Bangalore, 3 hours

I also had a trip from Los Angeles, California to Buenos Aires, Argentina that took 25 hours--17 hours flying, 8 waiting
Plane came from Toyko 5 hours late
Los Angeles to Lima, Peru 9 hours flying, 1 hour on ground
Lima, Peru to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 5 hours, 2 hours layover,
Rio to Buenos Aires 3 hours flight time

You need to mix up a lot of things to help pass the time--sleeping, eating, musical CDs (the best), talking with passengers--both your travel companion and people you've never met before, book or books (make sure they are paperbacks), playing cards, movies--both the airline's movies and DVDs if you brought a DVD player (I bring movies and comedy routines/shows on DVD). Also, I have learned lots of card tricks and use them to break the ice with others on the plane. It gives me a lot of pleasure to show off this skill--and the other passengers seem to like it as well since it helps them to pass the time.

I also learned some tips to help out parents with young children who are flying long distances--and by sharing these tips with the parents, have helped to make the flight more pleasant for them, the other passengers, and the flight attendants. Tricks like how to get kids to sleep, how to protect against key pressurization problems when the plane is decending or climbing, etc.

Lastly, on long trips I take eyeshades (or very dark sunglasses), a blow-up pillow to cushion my neck, a white noise headset (a noise reduction device), and lots of extra batteries. That way you can be sure to sleep well and can keep your toys (CD player, DVD player) working longer--and even share them with others at times to also help them make the time pass more quickly. It sounds like a lot to pack, but actually everything I mentioned here weighs a combined total of less than 7 pounds--which really isn't that much.


12. Posted by Girlaway (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Gameboy Advance + adventure game :) love it !

13. Posted by pippi (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yes I will also have to say music. That easily keeps you in your own world and stops you from going sturr crazy. Also the flights that have the personal tv screens are great. You can play games, watch your flight statis and watch countless tv shows and movies all to your self. And that was 14 hours straight through.
Have fun and be safe!

14. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

once on a long flight my sister and I had a conversation mixing in as many different languages as we possibly could. Between the 2 of us I think we hit oh 7 or 8. It really makes the other passengers wonder whats going on...
Also look for chances to get up and stretch like going and getting a snack from the back of the plane or go to the bathroom every hour...

oh here's a new one. Bring a journal and write a story involving the people you see on the plane (airport, bus, station etc.) Or if you're too tired or it's too dark to write just make it up in your head. It's great fun I passed so much time traveling solo this past summer doing that. or if you're not creative enough for a story just do profiles of everyone like "I bet he's an under cover detective and that fat balding middle age man 4 rows back is his partner you can see them touching their ear every now and them. That's them getting secret messages from the boss-dude..." It's a good time.

15. Posted by anotheraus (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey everyone, the longest flight i was on was probably LA to Australia, that about 13 hours. The best thing to do is to meet people, most likely on sitting next to you, ive met some amazing people and it goes by quick when you find out about everyting in there lives, think of it as a mini soap show!

16. Posted by burty (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

4 hours geee what ya whinging about !!! i frequently travel between sydney and england as well europe and average flights are around 18 to 25 hours and once i went for 28hours due to flight problems but to avoid boredom here s a list

read a book and it doesnt hurt to take two but i get carried away with books so i usually write strecth legs or go for a walk every 30 pages or so that way i,m flying without the worry of DVT on the other hand get some little game like gameboy if you really want to fly by or take some sleeping tablets as thats does the trick as not many people can sleep efficently on the plane especially in Economy class section

movies are a great asset on the long haul and 95% of planes on long haul offer a large variety of movies so dont panic there always something to do on the plane


the jollyswagman

17. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Boredom killers...

- A good book (something philosophical that makes you think and medidate, and get you to close your eyes for a while; with some luck, you'll doze off with a smile and catch up on your sleep)

- A good magazine (sometimes I feel that I buy magazines more than I actually read them, I seem to never have the time to go trough them in depth... here's a good oportunity to read the fine print)

- Meeting people (you have to be willing to take that risk of being stuck with someone more boring than the flight itself, but hey that's life, you can always fake sleep... still, it never happened to me)

- Writing (if you like writing, you can always put to paper your end-of-vacations diary, random reflections, sketches, etc)

And if neither of them do the trick:

- A gin tonic (at 30'000 feet, it's a great mood-booster! )


18. Posted by Bart_Man (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't think tiring yourself before the flight so that you can sleep on the flight is a very good thing. Even if you can sleep a lot on the flight, the interior of an airplane is so uncomfortable that you're gonna get off the flight wrecked anyway, you won't be refreshed at all. But of course time goes faster then, yeah, but at least I always suffer afterwards. Best things are cliché things: an iPod and a book, and just stuff yourself with food they bring around on the airplane, bringing a laptop is okay but they you have to carry it with you all the time so maybe it's only good on business flights.


19. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Airplane food! People seem to hate it, but I always look forward to what's next. I think it's the "element of surprise" that alleviates the boredom a little. "Ooh, what's for supper?? Ooh, now what's for breakfast?"

Although my stomach never gets used to there being only 4 hours between supper and breakfast on flights over to Europe.. "A muffin and yogurt? But I just had meatloaf..."

20. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tway

Although my stomach never gets used to there being only 4 hours between supper and breakfast on flights over to Europe.. "A muffin and yogurt? But I just had meatloaf..."

I hate that! And I love it at the same time! And how they dim the lights and play a slow movie at that time in between dinner and breakfast. Gotta love that "this is your forced 3 hours of sleep time" mentality eh?

I guess if you ultimately go into a flight with a good attitude and try to amuse yourself with random things (this funny food interval that amuses me so much, for instance) then even the long flights can be slightly less boring. Again, just bring as many things to amuse you as is practical, and mix it up, and just enjoy the ride and everything about it.