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Beating Boredom 35,000 feet in the Air

October 7, 2015

I adore flying. The fact that you can get across the United States in under 6 hours is still fascinating to me, even though my first ever flight was from LA to Pittsburgh as a baby. Not only do you get gorgeous views of the clouds at 35,000 feet in the air (the pros of always nabbing the window seat) but it’s also the perfect opportunity to read that book you’ve been meaning to get around to forever.

However, even I find myself bored out of my mind on long flights. In fact, just in this past week I’ve flown a total of 10+ hours and we all know that there are only so many pictures one can take before you start to feel antsy. Which is why I’ve developed a tried and true list of activities to tackle boredom while stuck next to a stranger who won’t leave you alone, or even a stranger who feels like it’s socially acceptable to fall asleep on your shoulder… I swear to god this woman once drooled on my shoulder and I was too embarrassed for her to say anything or wake her up!

  1. Audio Books. I fell in love with books on cassette while listening to Jim Dale’s rendition of Harry Potter over 10 years ago. Since then, listening to audio books has gotten even easier with the app that I have on my iPhone. I just finished Where They Found Her on my flight out west and I’m currently listening to You, which is just as entertaining as it is crazy. Audio books are convenient for flights because you can just sit back, put your earbuds in, and relax for however long the flight is. Seriously y’all, as much as I love to read it’s sometimes nice to give your eyes a rest and let someone do 99% of the work for you.
  2. Napping. Naps are underrated. As a child I remember doing anything in my power to avoid nap time, which is funny because now I have days at work when I would kill for a nap. This is especially vital if you’ve had early morning flights and need to hit the ground running as soon as you reach your destination!
  3. Coloring Books. Apparently they have coloring books made just for adults nowadays, but at airports I go old school and buy the ones that I was probably coloring at age five. While these can be somewhat expensive, I like getting the creative juices running since I can’t actually exercise while on the plane.
  4. Binge Watching TV. I once dated a guy for a few months who didn’t watch any television. Nada, zilch… So I think you can understand why the relationship didn’t last long. Flights are the perfect opportunity to binge watch that new tv show you’ve been eyeballing, or curl up with an old favorite movie (that would be Legally Blonde for me!), and not have anyone judge you for staring at your computer screen for hours at a time.
  5. Journaling. Whether it’s in a notebook or online, journaling is a fun and therapeutic way to pass the time. I first started journaling two years ago when I was abroad and update my ‘One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book’ daily, so getting my emotions onto my blog or into my memory book is pretty crucial to my life now. And what better to do on a long flight than bitch to your diary about how the person you’re sitting next to still smells like the fast food they ate HOURS AGO?? Or, you know, you don’t have to be that extreme and instead write a blog post dedicated to keeping yourself occupied on flights (*wink*wink*).

And if worst comes to worst, you can always just order a drink for yourself. Nothing says “I’m so bored I’d do anything right now,” than ordering yourself an overpriced glass of wine or cocktail. Or, even better, get your coworker to buy you one because you’re too lazy to get your credit card out of your purse.

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  • Great tips! 🙂 I’ve never listened to an audio book before but they seem perfect for a long flight. May have to look into getting some for when I next travel!

    • Courtney

      Audio books are amazing on planes! I usually carry on a book as well, but it’s always nice to have other options!

  • Never thought about it but coloring books would be a perfect way to pass the time on planes! Good old fashion books are my personal fave, and sometimes the movies and documentaries on planes are fantastic. Thank you for these lovely tips dear! xxxxx

    • Courtney

      I’m a huge fan of documentaries!! Not only are they informative but they’re so interesting and help to pass the time quickly!

  • I’ve just got into listening to audiobooks and I’m surprised how much I enjoy them. It’s nice being told a story and it’s great for relaxing! x

    • Courtney

      I love audiobooks! The only problem I have is that I’m constantly on the edge of my seat because I never know what’s coming next. Plus it’s such an easy way to “read” more books every year!

  • great post doll!

    • Courtney

      Thank you!!

  • I LOVE these ideas! Especially binge watching haha
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    • Courtney

      Binge watching television is never a bad idea! And I love your blog!!

  • That’s some really great advice:) Fortunately, I can fall asleep almost everywhere, so I usually try to just sleep the flight away, but listening to audiobooks sounds like a really good idea too. I’m one of those who only rarely watch tv. Since CSI ended I’m only watching Criminal Minds once a week, but when I’m on a plane, I’ll be binge watching whatever catches my attention. On my last flight I devoured half a season of Twin Peaks:)

    • Courtney

      I’ve always considered napping to be one of my greatest talents and it’s such a shame that we can’t include it on resumes! One of my best friends loves Twin Peaks and has been trying to get me to watch it forever!

  • Audiobooks are the way that I survive long flights! I’ll have to check out the ones that you mentioned! x

    • Courtney

      Where They Found Her is amazing!! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something new to read!

  • hannah

    Great tips here, audio books is such a good idea!

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    • Courtney

      Thank you! I just checked out your blog and I love you’re posts! Such pretty pictures!

  • Great tips, I don’t find myself flying as much as i’d like but when i do i stock up on a couple books and tv shows to marathon watch plus naps are the best boredom buster!

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    • Courtney

      I love getting lost in a book or television show on flights! Otherwise the trips can get pretty monotonous!

  • Okay, I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never been on a flight longer than 2 hours, BUT I’ve had experiences with road trips that lasted well into a day or more, so I’d say this applies, too? I personally love audio books and binge watching Tv shows (or movies) (downloaded onto the tablet!), but I also love sleeping, haha. Occasionally, I write, but sometimes the discomfort of a car takes the inspiration away, haha. Great post, Courtney!

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    • Courtney

      I’m a huge fan of road trips too! Mostly because you can actually kind of sightsee from the car! And thank you!

  • Great tips, although I hate flying! I spend the whole time panicking, which is crazy considering I fly all the time.

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    • Courtney

      I have a friends who have the same problem, but I’ve always been lucky when it comes to flying. That must stink that you have to fly all of the time then!

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