Sometimes traveling can seem like a chore. Long lines, uncomfortable seats and a hectic atmosphere sometimes make you wonder if traveling is even worth it. Here are a few tips to help you survive the plane ride. Following this advice may even make the travel enjoyable!
If you have any electronics (smartphone, tablet PC, MP3 player), bring them on the plane. You can’t use these devices during take-off and landing, and during flight, they need to be set to airplane mode (if available), but few things are as distracting as the electronic devices you use to distract yourself all day long. Load up your favorite movie or playlist and forget about the time slipping by while you enjoy a little bit of home at 30,000 feet.
Pay for In-Flight Entertainment
Some flights offer in-flight entertainment, such as radio stations or personal viewing screens. If you enjoy watching TV, paying a few dollars to use this service might be just the thing for you. You can watch reruns of popular TV shows or catch in-flight movies that will keep you entertained for the duration of the flight.
Read a Book
The beauty of reading a book on the airplane is that you don’t have to “turn it off” for takeoff and landing, as is the case with electronics. Some airport bookstores have a “Read and Return” program that allows you to buy a book in one airport and return it to a sister shop in another airport to receive a portion of your money back. It’s like checking out a book for the length of your trip.
Read a Magazine
Magazines are another good media choice for airplanes. Flipping through the glossy pages might just take your mind off the flight and back into your living room. Some airlines even provide magazines that passengers can keep.
Talk to Other Passengers
Don’t be afraid to be chatty. Talk to the other passengers! You’re stuck next to someone for a few hours, so why not get to know that person a little? You already have something in common: you’re headed to the same destination! Use caution, though. Don’t give out personal details such as addresses or phone numbers.
Flight attendants are there to be at your service, so let them make your flight comfortable. Don’t hesitate to use your flight attendant call button to ask for a pillow, a blanket or a glass of water.
Holiday travel doesn’t have to take the fun out of holidays. A few forms of entertainment and a little friendliness go a long way to making your flight enjoyable.