It’s vacation time, and you’re scouring the Internet for affordable flights to Hong Kong and probably scrambling around to compare quotes on travel health insurance. You find a few options, and the prices are great. Then you look at the amount of time it will take you to get there: 16 hours. Your blood pressure hits the roof at the thought of being on an airplane that long, but until you or someone else invents a teleportation device, you’re out of luck. Use the following time-wasters to keep yourself occupied while you make your way to your vacation destination.
It’s time to read the book you keep telling yourself you’ll read eventually. If no such book exists, get to the airport earlier than usual so you have time to peruse their bookstore. They carry tons of page-turning titles that will keep you occupied for hours.
You can download movies and TV shows on your laptop, smart phone, or smart tablet and watch them on the plane. Airports also sell DVDs, so if you didn’t think to bring any movies from home, you can pick some up at the last minute.
If you’re desperate, you can always shell out the five bucks some airlines charge so that you can watch the in-flight movies. However, these usually aren’t quality films; airlines get away with playing them on long flights because people are so desperate for distraction they’re willing to watch almost anything.
Gaming is a great way to kill time on an airplane. You can download all sorts of games on to your mobile devices, and if you want to make a serious investment, you can pick up a handheld game console like the Sony PSP.
You can only read so many pages, watch so many movies, and play so many games before your eyes start to dry out. When your peepers can’t take anymore stimulation, close your eyes, put in your headphones, and listen to some tunes. This is an excellent time to figure out exactly what the lyrics are to all those Michael Jackson songs you love.
Talk to the Person Next to You
This may be a stretch, but back when humans didn’t have games, videos, and books to entertain them, they would actually strike up conversations with each other to pass the time. Obviously, if you’re traveling with a friend or family member, this won’t be difficult; things may be a bit more dicey if it’s a complete stranger.
Airplane travelers often complain about sitting next to people who won’t stop talking to them, and you definitely don’t want to be that person. Be sensitive to what the other person is doing. If they’re putting in headphones or reading, it’s best to leave them alone. If they’re just sitting there, go for it. Who knows? They might have a few interesting stories up their sleeves, and you can share some of your own.
Nothing makes time fly by more quickly that being unconscious. Bring a sleeping mask and a neck pillow. If you need help entering dreamland, download a delta wave mp3 file and listen to it. These audio sleeping aids are filled with soothing and relaxing sounds that should help you catch a few Zs.
Do you have any suggestions for travelers with long flights ahead of them? Post some of your ideas in the comment section!