If you don’t travel that much, taking a ride on an airplane may be exhilarating. If you’re used to air travel, after a while it can be downright boring. On long flights, after the first hour or so, you may be looking for things to do. You’re in a confined space, you can’t go anywhere, and you’re bored. If this sounds like you, here are a few things to do on a plane to pass time.
1. Get Caught Up on That Show
Some say that we’re living in the golden age of television now. With so many current television series receiving critical praise, it’s difficult to find time to watch them all. If you are having a hard time keeping up with them all, what better time to get caught up than when you’re on a plane? You could download the entire series to your smartphone or tablet and then when you get bored, turn on an episode. Before long, you’ll be in the middle of a fantastic binge session and not even realize that you’re almost to your destination.
2. Get to Know Your Fellow Travelers
Conversation has become a lost art form. On most flights, people just sit and stare straight ahead without ever taking the time to say “hello” to the person sitting right beside them. Take a few minutes of your flight to get to know the people around you. On an airplane, you’ve got a collection of people that are heading to many different destinations for many different reasons. Listening to some of their stories may be all the entertainment you need to get through a boring flight. You might even meet a new friend that you never would have met without taking the time to introduce yourself.
3. Have a Drink
So what can you do on a plane to make things more comfortable? Have a drink! Most flights have in-flight drink service, and you can get a variety of mixed drinks or beers. Grab a drink and then sit back and relax. It may help you take the edge off and feel more comfortable chatting with that stranger who got your window seat.
4. Do a Wooden Puzzle
Bringing along things to do that don’t require wifi is also a good idea. For example, bringing a wooden puzzle could provide you with hours of entertainment without having to stare at a screen. Puzzle solving games such as this can help you improve problem solving skills and take your mind off of the flight. They don’t have to take up a lot of space and most of them can comfortably fit right on your tray table.
5. Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are a great way to learn new things and get caught up on current events while on the go. Like TV shows, they’re sometimes hard to keep up with. If you’re behind on one or two of your favorite podcasts, download them to your device before you hop on the plane and then you’ve got hours of entertainment available. Bring along a pair of headphones and you’re good to go.
6. Get Things Done
If you’re sitting in an airplane for multiple hours, why not get some things marked off of your “to do” list? If the plane has in-flight wifi, it might be worth the small extra expense to be able to conduct business while on-the-go. Just bring your laptop along and carry on like you were back in the office. You may have to adapt a bit, without an easy way to make phone calls, and the wifi might not be ideal. But even if it’s a little less efficient, you can still make a dent in your ever-increasing list of things to do. If you know the plane doesn’t have wifi, download any reports or documents that you need ahead of time. You may still be able to get some things done without Internet access.
7. Learn a New Language
Have you been wanting to pick up a new language so that you can finally understand people in that foreign country you like to visit? If so, why not spend those hours on the plane learning a new language? You can download a language course to your phone or tablet and then start practicing those strange words in your head. You don’t have to practice out loud on the plane and annoy everyone around you. But listening to those words as often as possible is the key to mastering a new language.
Overall, traveling on a plane isn’t always the most exciting thing to do. However, if you get creative and plan ahead a little bit, you can make the most of those hours stuck in a small seat, surrounded by people you don’t know. Keeping your brain busy can make all the difference in the world.
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