By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Living at the bottom of the globe, we Aussies are used to marathon journeys to get us to exotic destinations on the other side of the world, but there are plenty of ways to take the dread out of your next long-haul flight. Words: Ben Groundwater
There are few things in the travel world more daunting than a long-haul flight: the hours spent in a tight space, the unpredictable food, and kids (or adults) kicking the back of your seat as you battle to get some shut-eye.
Australians have long been passionate travellers prepared to go the long haul for their destination of choice – but that doesn’t mean we enjoy the experience. However, there are always opportunities to make long-haul travel more comfortable, more bearable.
There are plenty of hacks for everyday travellers to give themselves a premium experience. Take these steps, and you’ll arrive at your destination fresh and ready to enjoy yourself.
Pack your own accessories
Ever been jealous of the amenities packs that business class passengers are given for long-haul flights? Then make up your own before boarding. Take a good quality eye mask, plus earplugs, a neck pillow, toothpaste and a toothbrush, and also some moisturiser. That way you’ll ensure the most comfort possible, even if you’re riding in the back of the cabin.
Pay for lounge access
Most major airports now have at least one lounge that any passenger can access if they’re prepared to pay a once-off fee. This is an indulgence that could very easily be worth the money on a stopover: you’ll have a comfortable, quiet spot to relax for a few hours, plus be able to enjoy amenities such as showers, a business centre, free Wi-Fi, and buffets with free food and drink. It’s the perfect way to prepare for that next leg of the journey.