Flying is something that we all end up doing sooner or later, more or less frequently. And it’s something that has its quirks, and one of the biggest snags about flying, especially if you’re flying alone, is how you’ll pass the time. Even a short flight can become boring if you don’t have something to do. You’ll be in a relatively confined space and there’s not much to look at – even looking out of the plane’s window can get boring.
Some planes will have in-flight entertainment options, but whether you’ll enjoy it or not is a matter of taste. After all, the movie or show that they’ll be playing may not be one that you like. And if it’s not, you better have something else to do while you’re up there.
Some people try to strike casual conversation with the people next to them. This is something that can be looked at in two ways: if you like it and the other person likes it also, then it’s a great way to spend some time. If one of the people is bothered by it, it can lead to some potentially awkward situations. If you are the person who doesn’t like to be talked to, there are many ways that you can subtly indicate this, and it ties in nicely with some of our suggestions to keep yourself occupied during the flight.
The notion that you need some sort of piece of technology to keep you entertained is not necessarily true. A good book or a magazine can definitely do the trick. The thing is, if you’re going on a long flight, you’ll want to have a variety of media to keep you occupied. Surely you can spend a couple of hours reading a book, but eventually you’ll want to do something different. And we recommend that whatever gadget you pick is capable of performing more than one task. First and foremost, make sure it can be used in an airplane. You can have a phone loaded up with games, music and movies but they probably won’t let you even turn it on – not even in “flight mode”. The same thing with laptops: there might be restrictions in place which won’t allow you to use them in certain airplanes. But there are many other things that you can do. Modern day portable game systems not only allow you to play games on them, but also come with a hard drive where you can store music and movies. This selection should keep you entertained for quite some time. Modern mp3 players also serve as a mobile multimedia platform, which can also be used to play movies and games as well as music. These are also usually cheaper than most portable games consoles, so they might be a better option for you if you’re not an avid gamer.
Whatever your choice of entertainment, remember to plan for how long your flight is. Make sure you have a full battery and a lot of different options, otherwise you might be stuck with nothing to do for hours.
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