6 Ways To Fill Time During A Long-Haul Flight

Long-haul flights can sometimes be a bane of people’s lives, or a worst fear! In my case, I find long-haul flights easier than short-haul ones. This always surprises people, but since being tiny, I’ve been travelling to places like America and the Dominican Republic, every year, so an 8-plus-hour flight to me is nothing. (Please note, this is based on a Standard Long-Haul Economy Class flight)

“But what do you do on such a long flight? Don’t you get bored?” I hear you ask. “No” is my answer, and below is a list of 6 things I like to do and recommend doing on a long-haul flight –

Watch in-flight movies…
On a long-haul flight, you’re almost guaranteed to have your own TV screen in the headrest in front of you. And, that usually has movies, TV shows, music, etc. on it. I’ve managed to watch 3 movies on a flight before now… and it didn’t half pass the time! Also, if you don’t manage to finish a film during your outbound flight, it’ll usually be the same movies to view coming home as it was going out (if you’re on the same airline), so you can finish it while returning.

Take a couple of books or your Kindle, and read! Again, another great way of making the time fly (ha; see what I did there?!). I’ve finished an entire book on an 8-hour flight before… start to finish. However, I would recommend taking regular breaks; reading for that long if you’re not used to it can make you a little square-eyed!

Move about…
Long-haul flights can cause chaos with your back and joints, if you don’t frequently get up and go for a bit of a walk. You can also stretch your ankles and legs whilst in your seat, so long as the person in front of you doesn’t have their seat reclined all the way back. Try to get up and go for a wander as often as you can without being a nuisance to cabin crew and other passengers!

Get productive…
Work, journal, blog! Whatever it is that you often do, why not use all this free time that you have to be productive? Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve been really looking forward to that moment when I’ll have a long-haul flight and I’ll be able to type up a handful of blog posts, setting myself up for the month ahead in terms of my blog site.

Play a game…
I always take a deck of cards on holiday with me. I absolutely love playing card games! I also take a Sudoku puzzle book with me, and my mum usually takes a crossword puzzle book. But if you think in advance, there are games you could download on your tablet or phone that you could play, multiplayer, with whomever you’re travelling with… or with your neighbour if you’re travelling alone.


The type of person you are will determine whether this is an easy task for you to do. I cannot sleep sitting, unless I am physically and mentally exhausted. But, over the years, I have been lucky because some of my flights haven’t been full and I’ve been able to get an entire row of seats to myself, meaning that I could lie down and have a nap. My flight to New York City in 2011 wasn’t even half full, so I managed to get a row of 4 seats in the middle of the plane and have a good sleep! Similar thing on my trip to Singapore and then Australia. It should be noted that many long-haul flights will take off, whether there is 1 person on the plane or whether the plane is full; the same plane often has to pick people up at the other end, so no matter what, it will almost always take off (definite exceptions: weather and problems with the plane!). So, once the doors are shut, there is nothing stopping you from asking a steward(ess) if you can move seats, should there be vacant seats around you.

I hope some of these points have been useful for you. What do you like to do on your long-haul flights?




  1. May 10, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    My longest flight was from England to Australia and that was 27 hours long, if only I had read this post before hahaha! long flights can be such a pain hey girly!

    But neverless a great read! Thanks Steph


  2. May 12, 2018 / 3:54 am

    Hello steph this is great. I normally do most of these except for playing games 🙂 Have a good day

  3. May 12, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I have many long haul flights coming up in the next year and this post is going to be so useful. Pray I get 4 rows of seats to myself so I can sleep, sleeping sitting up is impossible, so uncomfortable and you almost always wake up with a stiff neck and those travel pillows don’t help either

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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