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10 Fun things to do on a long haul flight to entertain yourself

If you travel frequently, you will agree with me that it can be so boring flying for long hours. What are some fun things to do on a long haul flight? I love flights that are very short, within 4 hours or less. However, if I have no choice but to fly for longer hours, I try to make good use of the wait time. Here are some fun things to do on long haul flights to entertain yourself.

I get bored quickly even on short flights. On my recent travel, I had to engage my seatmate in a fun discussion to avoid losing my mind. After packing for my trip and finding the cheapest flight tickets for my vacation. The next step is to prepare for things to do while on air. This is mainly for long haul flights.

So, you will find these fun things to do on a long haul flight useful to entertain you while on the air no matter how long.

Things to do on a long haul flight

Below are the 10 best things to do on a long haul flight that will keep you busy while traveling. These fun things are interesting to engage in. You will have fun all the way to your final destination as time passes.

1. Listen to Audiobooks

A very way to read books is by listening to audiobooks. Many of us have books on our list to read someday but can’t find time to read them. Opt to read them via audiobooks.

One of the fun things to do on a long haul flight is to read those books on your list as audiobooks. You can go through as many chapters by just listening to these books.

I have so many books on my list to read. One of them is, “sell like crazy”, only the title makes me want to read it. Other books I would recommend you read include, “Think like a champion” by Donald Trump, “Tough times never last but tough people do”, Robert Schuller, etc.

These books changed my life. Especially if you struggling with decision-making and anxiety like I do.

2. Play a game

Another of the things to do on a long haul flight is to play a game. Games are super fun and relaxing for long flights.

I love to play games while traveling. This is because are engaging. It helps me develop my resilience to win and of course, relaxes me.

One of my favorite online games that I love to play is Supermarket numbers. It is perfect to play with your kids to help them with basic arithmetic.

Also, I love this game because it is so relatable. Who doesn’t run errands in the supermarket? So, I am able to have fun while engaging in a reliable game.

3. Chat with someone

If you’re an extrovert, this is something you’d love to do on a long haul flight. You get to meet someone new. Get to know someone new. Talk about anything and keeps yourselves entertained on your trip.

I also enjoy making new friends while traveling. You never know, you may meet your future travel buddy on a trip.

I am not a conversation starter because I am an introvert. However, if I like you, I can engage you in a conversation for hours. So, if you’re looking for a fun thing to do on a long flight, start up a conversation with someone close to you.

4. Netflix and Chill

Another fun thing to do on a really long flight is to binge-watch shows or movies on Netflix. Netflix is one of my favorite places to watch movies while on a long trip.

You can watch at least two movies while on a long haul flight. Select your favorite movies or shows to watch while traveling. You’d definitely have fun killing the time while you Netflix and chill.

5. Learn a new skill

You can never go wrong with learning a new skill when you get the opportunity. I recently enrolled in a new course but haven’t had time to read it. You bet that I will be reading it on my trip this holiday.

Time flies so fast these days. Between balancing my home, blogging, and my regular job, time is never enough. So, you can enroll for a new course on Coursera or udemy to learn a new skill. Preferably skills that will boost your career in the coming year.

You can also learn a new skill on skillshares like video editing, graphic design, or gardening. You don’t have to learn skills only for work, it can be just to develop a hobby.

Also, you can learn some life skills like how to invest in stocks too. I recently invested in stocks but I have little knowledge about them. So, I stumbled on this engaging game that I play just to learn about basic knowledge of stock trading.

Although this game is solely for entertainment, it gives you the basics of what you need to know before jumping into stocks. So, I would recommend you play this game just for fun while learning new things.

6. Read a book

Another of the fun things to do on a long haul flight is to read a book. I know I have previously touched on it in audiobooks. This is perfect for those of us that prefer the traditional way of reading books hardcopy.

I find it super easy to follow hardcover books, unlike e-books. While making your travel packing list, add some hardcover books to read to your list.

I have read about 4 chapters while on a long flight. So, if you have no idea what to do on a very long flight, read a book.

7. Learn the local language

One of the fun things to do on a long haul flight is to learn the local language of your destination. This will come in handy to enable you to settle in easily.

Learn a few words or phrases of the local language of your place of visit. It is super fun to learn a new language. You can also use travel apps like google translate to help you learn the native language too.

8. Listen to Music

Music can be so entertaining while traveling. Another fun thing to do on a long flight is to listen to music. You can listen to music on apple music or Google plays music.

I love to follow the latest hits songs while traveling. Life can be quite busy to follow these things. So, I use the time I travel to catch up on these songs.

9. Catch up with work

Sometimes I feel like the 24 hours in a day is too small to finish my task. There is so much to do to grow my brand. So, I sometimes catch up on these pending tasks while traveling.

Catch up on your work while traveling on a long flight. Put some finishing touch to your presentation if it is a business trip. Also, knock off those pending tasks to reduce workload while you travel.

You can use the long travel time to do as many tasks of your work as possible.

10. Plan your itinerary

Are you a last-minute trip planner? Do you just hop on the next flight before deciding on your itinerary? Another thing to do on a long haul flight is to plan your itinerary.

Use the time while on your trip to plan how many days you’re staying, and things to do. This is especially if it’s a quick vacation. Plan your day-to-day activity for your vacation to pass the time.

So, if you need things to do when on a long flight, take time out to plan your itinerary for your trip.

Feel free to comment other fun things to do on a long haul flight.

Magdalene Enimhienomo

I am fashion and lifestyle blogger. My blog is where I share style tips, place to visit on budget and reviews of my fashion haul. I am an introvert and creative writing is where I express myself more. For collaborations:

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  • Great suggestions, Magdalene. I usually watch a movie or sleep if I am exhausted. Like the idea of learning a new skill. Wish that all airlines offer free internet.

    • I am glad you find it useful. I hope airlines will work on free internet while flying. It will do a lot of good for some of us who need it while flying.

  • Music, reading and movies usually get me through a long haul flight; I love the other tips you've included here too — some new things to try out when I do this again.

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