A lot of people know it. Wanting to go to a destination, but not wanting to go on another horrible long haul flight. I actually love flying and it is never a bad flight with my way of flying.

Plane wing with clouds and sun

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Booking the right flight

Alright, this is actually an easy one. There are different flight you can book. Cheap ones with a transfer. The transfer can be somewhere between 2,5 hours to 30 hours. But you can also book a direct flight that may be a bit more expensive.

I always make the decision on a couple of points.

  • How long would the direct flight be?
  • Is the transfer on a useful point?
  • What is the price difference?
  • Am I traveling alone or with someone else?

How long would the long haul flight be?

I think there is a difference between 8 hours and 16 hours. But I guess that is a difference for everyone. I would hate it to have a transfer on an 8-hour flight. Because I would finally be asleep or totally comfortable and then I would have to get out and do it all again.

On a 16-hour flight, it can be nice to get out of the plane for a while and stretch your legs. And eat something normal. I do not like plane food. It also gives a chance that the plane will be emptier than the first flight. On my last trip to Thailand, the first flight was almost totally empty (I had 3 seats to myself!) and the second one was full.

Is the transfer on a useful point?

So I live in Europe. There are quite some airports within an hour. I will never choose a transfer after an hour and then another 13-hour flight. If I book a flight with a transfer, it has to be halfway. This way you have a 6-hour flight and a 7-hour flight. It is a good time to stretch your legs and to sleep or watch a whole movie on each flight.

What is the price difference?

Alright, so for €100,- I am not choosing for a stop. Because if you get a drink and some food at the transfer airport, you have already spent half of that.

If the difference is more than €200,-, I will choose for the transfer. I don’t mind waiting a few hours to get the possibility to stay a day longer. For €400+ I will even wait longer than 5 hours. So, for me, it really depends on what the difference is and what you can get for it.

Inside of a plane

Am I traveling alone or with someone else?

So, I travel alone but also with family and friends. If I travel with my grandmother, I would never book a transfer for longer than 3 hours. She already does not like flying, so I would rather pay a bit more and keep her happy, than watching my wallet.

I would do the same if I was traveling with small kids or babies. When I travel alone, I do not mind and look at all the other points more.

Preparing for the long haul flight

Alright, So I booked my long haul flight and now I just have to survive it. My trick is actually quite easy. Make sure you have some series or movies on your phone or tablet, have a power bank with you, good earphones, a book or e-reader, and a sweater. Why? To get some me time in otherwise lost time.

With just some small things, the time will fly by. And don’t forget that you can also use this at the airport itself. But then you still have wifi or data, so you can use your social media. Still, it is always good to have something to do with you.

Series and movies

A lot of people have Netflix, Amazon Prime (Get a free month!) or something that looks like it nowadays. I am always watching a show, so I make sure I download at least 10 episodes, so I can watch them without wifi. Of course, the plane has an entertainment system, well most of them do. But I like to watch my own shows, even though I always check the entertainment system also! Find some great shows and enjoy!

Plane wing by sunset

A power bank

Most of the planes have a USB port, so you can charge your phone. I have had 2 flights already, that it did not work. So then you are happy that you have a power bank with you! Just have it in your carry on.

I have the Anker Powercore 20100 and it is quite expensive for a power bank. But I never had one that could charge my phone this quickly and 6 times. So I am sold.


I always bring my own headphones. I studied tourism and heard from some flight attendants that the earphones just get resealed, but are not new. So I always use my own. As my headphones are Bluetooth, I also bring earphones for the entertainment system.

I have the JBL T450BT headphones and I love them! They are still pretty cheap but cancel a lot of noise and the sound is great. My ears normally hurt by headphones, but these are okay. They are wireless, so you can not connect them with the entertainment system.

A Book / E-reader

I love reading, so why not use this time to catch up on my favorite books? When traveling, I always bring my e-reader. This way I have 100 books with me without all the weight. Finds some great books!

Make sure it is charged or bring your power bank again. You can actually read a book or two on a flight. Well, if you do not fall asleep.

I personally have the KOBO Aura H20. One of the cheaper ones, but it is great. It does everything you need. I just got a new one, but with my old one, I survived 4 years with at least 100 books a year. So I really use it a lot.

A sweater

Bring an extra sweater. It is not only cold in the air, but it also doubles as a pillow. I put it on backward and put the hood over my head. This way it will be dark and you can put the fabric into one corner to lean onto.

I like this more than a travel pillow because you can also use it during your holiday, instead of carrying extra weight. Well, this depends on your destination of course!


A lot of people can not handle the change in height during the takeoff and landing. This can get really painful and annoying. A very easy thing to fix this, of at least make is less painful, is chewing gum.

Somehow that opens up all your airways (your ears are connected with your nose and mouth) and helps them stay ‘open’. This way it won’t hurt that much or maybe not at all.

How to survive the long haul flight?

So with all these preparations, it will be really easy to survive your long haul flight. You will have something to do and the perfect way to sleep. Of course, there are some more tips you can use.

  • Download your favorite Spotify playlist – otherwise, you can not listen to it. You can also use Amazon Music(with a free 30-day trial!)
  • Make sure you have something to do that does not any others (please do not do karaoke or strip poker or something?)
  • If you do not like plane food, make sure to take some cookies with you. If you bring a closed package, you can take it behind security.
  • Don’t forget to drink. You will need more water than you normally drink in the air because you will dehydrate.
  • Do not drink too much alcohol. Because you are in the air, it will be stronger than you think and no one likes drunks on their plane.
  • Take a walk sometimes, your legs and back will thank you. just walk a bit in the aisle or do some weird yoga pose. It may look weird, but it will help.

With all these tips, your next flight should be easy. Maybe you will even start to like flying! I know it helped with me. So survive your long haul flight and share to help others!

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