If you’re the sort of traveller who gets bored just thinking about long journeys, then this blog is for you! Travelling to some far flung destination is great when you’re there, it’s just the getting there that is the boring part. Read on for our long-haul bordom buster tips…
On board your flight the first thing you should do is check out the in-flight entertainment. This depends on the quality of your airline and the class of seat you are in, but many long-haul carriers offer a wide selection of the latest movie releases. Many of the aircraft now have personal TV screens installed for their passengers that enable you to choose what to watch and when – you can even pause the action when dinner’s brought round!
As well as films, the in-flight entertainment may offer games and music so take your time to explore what’s on offer. Afterall, there’s no rush.
Get some sleep
Dozing can take hours off your flight and ensure you arrive at your destination invigorated and less jet-lagged. To help you sleep, the airline may provide you with an eye mask, but it may be worthwhile bringing one with you – just in case. Most of the major long-haul airlines supply their tired passengers with a blanket and pillow.
Move your body
At some point, you should get up and have a stroll up and down the aisle. Not only will this pass a bit of time, but it could help prevent you getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from sitting still for too long. There are also some simple exercises you can do while you’re sitting in your seat to prevent DVT and to make yourself feel more comfortable. These range from pointing and curling your toes to lifting your arms in the air. Most airlines will provide details in their in-flight magazine or other in-flight information.
Travelling with children
Check with your airline about hand luggage for children. If they are allowed to have their own bag, let them choose their favourite toys or books to put in it. Remember not to give them everything at once, but save things up for the moments when their patience is running particularly thin and then introduce a new toy or colouring book.
If your child sleeps better with a particular teddy, make sure you bring it. The ultimate achievement for any parent will be to get your children to sleep at some point on the flight, which will give you a chance, finally, to relax yourself!
24/7 travel insurance
Make sure you take out your family travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip. Buying direct from the travel insurance provider is certainly cheaper than from your travel agent.
You can purchase great value travel insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a weeks family break in Dubai, it will cost you just £38.31* – a small price to pay to really relax and enjoy your holiday all the more!
*Premium £38.31 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on a family (two adults aged 35 and two children aged 10 and 12) taking out a standard family Single Trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 7 days cover in Dubai (Worldwide excluding USA) excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (October 2009) and are subject to change.