When you fly long-haul you might be excited to get to your destination but the flight itself can often be very tiring. Here are my 5 top tips to make flying less irritating so you can be a bit more refreshed when reaching your destination.
1) Look up reviews of in-flight entertainment
If your flight has in-flight entertainment - as soon as you sit down, look through what movies are available and while you still have internet connection, find out their review score so you'll have a better idea of what to watch. Some airlines allow you to create a 'favourites list'.
2) Download some TV shows or movies from Netflix
Netflix is great and it's only getting better. Recently they have added the ability to download certain programs to your phone or tablet which are then available offline. Remember these downloads expire after a certain period so just before you fly, make sure they are still valid. Not all titles are available for download either, but you should be able to see a list of available ones under the "Available to Download" section from the Netflix app on your phone or tablet.
3) Relax in the Lounge
When you reach certain levels of status with airlines, you can get into certain lounges for free. Some credit cards (namely the American Express Platinum) include lounge access to 1000+ lounges for you and a friend to via PriortyPass. Most lounges have some small hot plates, soft drinks and alcohol and faster Wi-Fi. This is easily the best way to have a more enjoyable experience at the airport.
4) Invest in a decent pair of over-ear headphones (preferably noise cancellation ones)
If you only take away one tip away from this list, make it this one. The earphones you get for free on long haul flights are usually pretty terrible. Noise canceling earphones will make a world of difference to the comfort of your journey. I use the Bose QuietComfort 35's. They're very pricey but the sound quality justifies the price.
5) Break up the journey with a layover if possible
When flying from Ireland/UK to Asia a stop in Dubai or similar can break up the trip nicely. It's about 8 hours from Dublin to Dubai and a further 8 to plenty of destinations in South East Asia. Plus, Dubai airport is almost a tourist destination in itself, with ~85 million passengers passing through it's doors every year it's quite a spectacle.
If you have any tips to add, feel free to do so in the comments below.
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