Long haul flights; most people hate them but sometimes they’re absolutely necessary to get to where we want to be. Not only can the experience be intimidating if you aren’t used to it, you’ll find yourself frantically wondering all sorts of questions: How will I be fed? Where will I sit? What if the airline is rubbish? How much money will a long haul flight set me back?
To help you with all these questions and more, read this post before you even think about booking a long haul flight:
Don’t Judge The Flight by The Price
The amount of money that long haul flights can set you back can potentially be quite scary. For that price you might as well find a villa to rent in Kefalonia! However, you should consider your long haul flight as an hour by hour experience; would you rather spend all that time on a cramped flight showing rubbish films, or pay a higher price to fly on a good, spacious aircraft with a decent entertainment system?
You should weigh up your options carefully and think about how much time you’ll be spending on the flight in total. If you’re on the plane for a total of 30 hours and it’s going to cost you an extra £150 to get a flight with a better airline, do you think it’s worth paying an extra £5 per hour for a comfier, more spacious seat, better food, better service and better entertainment? The choice is yours!
Look out for Dodgy Flight Connections
Sometimes you can’t get to where you’re going on just one flight, and you have to choose a connecting flight so you reach your destination. This isn’t anyone’s cup of tea, and it can be an extremely grueling process. Once again you’ll have to go through customs, pick up your luggage, move to different terminals, check your bags in again, go through security again, etc. This could take you hours!
That’s the norm when you have to take a connecting flight, but you need to be aware of connecting flights that give you less than realistic time frames. A connection could be considered “legal”, but whether it’s physically possible or not is a different story. For example, if you only have 50 minutes to get on your connecting flight after your first flight, you get less than 1 hour to get off the plane, collect your luggage, go back through customs, check your bags in, go through security and arrive at your gate. Not to mention that you should be at your gate around 20 minutes before you are due to fly! That means with a connecting flight that arrives in 50 minutes you only have half an hour to do everything – not enough time at all!
When booking a long haul flight you should also make sure you wear comfortable clothing, and take as many things as possible in your carry-on bag to entertain you; e-readers, tablets, magazines, crossword puzzles etc. Download films you’ve always wanted to watch and buy books you’ve always wanted to read. It’s little things like this that can make a long haul flight bearable. Try your best to enjoy your flight!