It’s April, the school holidays are almost over and more than 50 students from Sydney are currently in Europe on a curriculum trip with us. Not just our exchange students are getting ready for flying on Sunday, but also a lot of other Australian travellers who are spending their holidays overseas.
And there’s nothing like European spring – If only the flight was shorter than 24 hours! That’s what many travellers think, however I am going to try to convince you that not only the destination, but also the flight can be awesome. Here are my top 5 reasons why I LOVE flying (and can’t wait for my next trip!)
Most people who fly from one side of the world to the other, do this for a very special reason. It can either be exploring new shores, visiting friends or relatives, or coming home. Whatever reason applies, when I fly to or out of Australia, I get beyond excited. If you get bored and frustrated on the plane, just think about what is going to happen as soon as you land. Who’s picking you up from the airport? Are you about to explore a new culture? Are you going to see your family after a long time away? Time will fly and you’ll get there before you know it.
OK, I must admit that it doesn’t sound appealing to sit on your butt for a day and a half, with nothing to do. But exactly that’s my point: You have NOTHING TO DO! How often do you get served up a three-course meal at regular intervals without having to get up? “Would you like the chicken or beef? A drink with that? Tea or coffee?” I actually find this super relaxing. And then there’s also…
When else do you get to watch 5 new release blockbusters in a row? The in-flight entertainment on long-haul flights are mind-blowing. You can pick from the latest releases and usually browse by category, for example Action, Classics, Dramas, Family, Foreign language movies, and more. Plus, you often get whole series of TV shows, documentaries and several games.
This is another great think about flying. You get the opportunity to chat to people you would’ve never met. A few months ago, I flew back to Sydney from LA. I was sitting next to a girl from Texas, around my age, who was visiting Australia for the first time. I was able to give her lots of tips on where to go, how to get there, what to see etc. She found me on Facebook and we met up for a coffee the week after!
Okay, this is a bit of an unusual way to spend your hours on the plane, but a long-haul flight can be a great opportunity to catch up on some work. Even if you have to work offline most of the time, if you bring your laptop along, I’m sure you’ll find something to do. There are hardly any distractions – compared to your desk, office or at school!
How do you like spending your long-haul flights?