When I think of traveling, the first thing that pops to mind is airplanes. I love airplanes, but they can get exhausting after a while. Trust me, no matter how much you love flights, after taking many flights, it will get exhausting. In my life, I’ve traveled to two different continents, Asia and South America, both of which have longer than eight-hour flights.
Honestly, the fights were overwhelming. For my family, the process of getting to India usually takes at least a day if not more. On average, a nonstop flight is sixteen hours, but since my family cannot survive such a long flight, we usually plan a layover. With the layover, the journey to just get to India takes twenty hours. The problem with traveling to India, though, is that my family lives in a city that doesn’t have an international airport. So after reaching an international airport in India, we have to take another two to three-hour flight to our city. That’s a whole day of traveling and almost twenty-two hours of sitting in a plane!! How did I survive on a plane for that long??
Though I know it’s not always possible, my family tries to arrange our flight so that we can sleep for the majority of the flight, specifically if it’s an international flight. Sleeping on a plane isn’t ideal but it’s better than sleeping in an airport seat during a layover or delay.
When I can’t sleep on the plane, I usually watch a few movies or episodes of my favorite tv show. Typically, the airlines that I have taken have individual TVs attached to each seat. However, the last airline that I took to Peru (an eight-hour flight) did not have a tv. Before I left, I assumed there would be TVs, so I didn’t download any movies or shows on my phone. What a false assumption to make. My flight turned out not having any TVs so I somehow managed to spend eight hours on a plane staring into space.
Another suggestion that I have about long-haul flights is to bring your own food. Being a vegetarian made it even harder for me to eat a satisfying microwavable meal. Since the airline I took only gave two meals, breakfast and dinner, I was constantly craving something to eat. In my opinion, airplane meals aren’t the best and I always end up wasting at least half of it. For this reason, I think that having some small energizing snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, or crackers) will help satisfy your stomach a bit more. Besides, who doesn’t love a good afternoon snack?
Lastly, I learned that it’s beneficial to pack a book even if you think you’re not going to read. While I was packing my carry on, I debated for a long time whether or not I should bring my book. In the end, I decided that I wasn’t going to bring a book because most likely I wouldn’t read. What a horrible decision. I regretted that decision the second I found out there weren’t any TVs on my airline. From then on, I decided that I would pack a book no matter where I was going.