I am traveling soon and while I’m looking forward to arriving at my destination, I’m not so fond of the long boring flight. One of the disadvantages of traveling from the west coast to Europe is that we have to fly across the United States and then fly across the pond (aka: the Atlantic Ocean). I’m a bit jealous of you east coasters who only have to fly across the water to your European destination.
In order to keep myself entertained, I will bring my favorite electronic gadgets + a charger, although I know that these items are only as good as their battery life. Sure, I can re-charge during our connections, but I don’t want to be jockeying for a position at the public airport charging station.
Here’s how I plan to stay busy on a long flight ~ without relying on electronic devices:
Adult Coloring Book:
I found this cute pocket coloring book and small color pencil set at Stein Mart. Large adult coloring books are all the rage and easy to find. If you can’t find a pocket version, check out this one on Amazon: Pocket Kaleidoscopes: Travel Size Mini Adult Coloring Book.
Learn something new:
I saw a segment on Dr. Oz about intermittent fasting and I’m curious to learn more about how delaying food for a certain period of time affects weight loss. Plus, I just love learning new things about health and nutrition.
Solve a few word puzzles:
I found this fun puzzle book in the magazine section of Barnes & Noble. I looked for a travel size, but there were only single subject books like crossword puzzles (I’m terrible at crossword puzzles) and books on sudoku (ugh, math!). At least the light weight magazine style puzzle book has a variety of games to keep me busy.
Pick up a few magazines:
I have always loved reading magazines. I don’t buy too many magazines anymore as I do prefer to read information on the magazine web sites, but for a trip, I picked up a few of my favorites. When I’m done with the magazines, I will leave them at the gate. I’m sure someone will be happy to flip though a magazine while waiting for their flight.
Start and finish a book series:
I really enjoy reading books in a series ~ especially if the story line is good. I’m currently reading The Grisha Trilogy which is the story of a Russian kingdom that is torn by dark magic and a young girl & boy who try to bring peace to the region. I’ve finished book, Book 1 (Shadow & Bone) and I’m currently reading Book 2 (Siege & Storm). Book 3 (Ruin & Rising) will probably be tucked away in my luggage.
A little side note: I’ve been reading young adult books ever since I took a college course in Children’s Literature. At the time, I was working toward my degree in Liberal Arts to become an elementary school teacher. It’s not the career path I ended up taking, but I still love reading kids books.
How do you occupy your time on a long flight?