Luke Armstrong | Feb 17, 2023
You’re on a plane for a long time. Maybe you’re taking that famous 17-hour flight from London to Sydney. Maybe you’re going over the Pacific. Perhaps you’re over the Atlantic right now using the plane’s Wi-Fi.
Whatever the case, you will be in the air for a very long time. You might worry, “Am I going to go crazy in these skies? How am I going to beat the boredom the entire time?” We’re sure you’ve already downloaded your favorite movies and podcasts, so use these tips to avoid a case of airplane cabin fever and travel in comfort.
Booking your tickets for an early flight time will help with several things. You should be tired enough to fall right to sleep once you board, which means less time spent trying to entertain yourself. Plus, you’ll be nice and rested by the time you make it to your travel destination, and that’s important, especially when you’re going abroad!
Some people like it hot and others like it cold. On the same flight, some passengers might discard layers while others ask for blankets. Wear layers to avoid getting stuck being too hot or cold on your flight, Goldilocks.
Having taken over 100 flights, it's clear airline seats were not designed by chiropractors. Those horseshoe-shaped neck pillows might just save you days of a sore neck — they are worth the $15!
You know that awkward eye contact that is made between first-class passengers and coach passengers as the ‘coachers’ walk back to their subpar seats? They know they have it better than the rest of us! But maybe you could have it better, too. Here are some tips for getting bumped to first class for free.
It’s called chair yoga. People are doing it in their office. College students are yoga-ing at their desks. People might look at you a bit funny as you do your chair yoga, but remember what Dr. Seuss said, “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” This not only helps you pass some time, but it will help you from getting too stiff and sore from not moving around on those long-haul flights.
Missing a connecting flight is stressful, but there are a few ways to minimize that stress. Before even booking your tickets, consider the size of the airport where you’ll be changing planes. Trying to get from one gate to the next in a large airport like Chicago O’Hare could take more time than in a smaller airport like Harrisburg International in Pennsylvania. Stress — and sweat — less by booking flights with more time before your connection at a massive airport.
You can also rest easy before your second (or third or fourth) flight, knowing that the solution to a missed connection is simple: your airline will rebook you on the next flight, free of charge. So take a deep breath and know that even if a delay prevents you from getting to your destination as expected, you won’t have to pay the price.
The next tip for connections after a long flight is to purchase travel insurance before you’re in the sky. As part of your plan with Seven Corners, you’ll also have a team to help, available 24/7, if problems arise. Seven Corners Assist is precisely what it sounds like — an added layer of protection if something unexpected, like a missed connecting flight, occurs on your journey. Seven Corners can help with hotel and flight re-bookings in case you don’t know where to start.
Losing your luggage is common, especially when you have a connecting flight. If you missed that connecting flight and the plane still took off without you, the situation gets that much stickier.
The next time you’re packing your suitcase, set aside a few of the essentials and pack them in a carry-on. Even if it takes a long time to recover your lost luggage, having those essential items in your carry-on means that by the time it’s back in your arms, you’ll have barely missed it.
Travel insurance can help you recover from lost, damaged, or destroyed luggage as well as flight cancellations and trip delays. Contact Seven Corners to find the right plan for you.