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Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

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Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

Hi Friends;

We are starting to get excited about our trip to the beautiful DR (December 2008). Our only problem now is the flight to/from the DR. For us, it is a flight of 7.5 hours each way [our UK friends face a longer flight, but this is atill a long flight] - not including the 4 hours it takes to get to the airport in Vancouver [btw - we have the 2010 Winter Olympics]. So how do people occupy ther time - the movie is lame and only 2 hours, the food is inedible (we learned that you can bring your own meals), quarters are cramped, I can't sleep...so it is like a tortured sleepless night - how do others pass the time? What am I missing? Thanks to all.

Peace and love.

Bugsy.

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1. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

I can relate to the long flight from Vancouver as we will be doing it for the 3rd time when we leave in 3 weeks. If you have a portable DVD player that is certainly one way to keep yourself occupied in the event that the movies are lame. I have my trusty iPhone so I will have it loaded up with games and maybe some movies to keep me entertained. We are going Club Class so hopefully that will help with the food thing a little bit and at least some more leg room.

Matt

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2. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

I always bring a book of logic/sudoku/crossword/word seek puzzles, a novel, and a magazine. Or if I haven't read up on the destination yet, a good guide book.

My boyfriend brings along his ipod video, loads it with a few movies or reruns of Friends!

Have a great time!

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our flight from the u.k. was 9 1/2 hrs and we take a magazine and book, crosswords and i use my m.p.3. player, but i can sleep no problem, just plug it in and close my eyes, nice soothing music to lul you of to sleep. bg

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4. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

Two thing essential for this solo traveler on +9 hrs flights to the Caribbean are:

1) earplugs, if you do get a little snoozy it will take off the sharp edges of all the noise.

2) Mp3 player with a listing books or such. It can be hard to hold a book and read for hours on end but if you buy a listening book it is so easy (you can order and down load them online!).

All you have to do is just sit back and drift of in another word.

If you have any particular interest you can also try university lectures on the subject, many sites offer such lectures.

I see it as 9 hrs that I can finally take the time to learn somethings that I usually dont have the time or patience for.

History, viruses, religion, law, biographies but also a recording of a favorite comedian's show.. all things I have spend a couple of hours with on a plane that I otherwise would not have had the time for.

Have fun!

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I use my Archos 605 Wifi. I can load it up with Spanish lessons, movies, recorded TV shows, pictures, surf the net in the airpots, play games and listen to music etc. It's a great device.

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Cheers,

Debbie.

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Here's a better link:

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The other thing I like to do to pass the time quicker (in my mind) is to take gravol and sleep the flight away.

Cheers,

Debbie.

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7. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

yes, joe uses his psp, load a couple of films or play some games . bg

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8. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

Debintore,

I love the take some gravol and sleep, good call.

Cheer's

Anna.

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9. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

We don't have a very long flight from Toronto. (leave on sunday morning!! whoohoo) But I still plan to bring a new book to read. Maybe a suduko book...

Our last flight to visit inlaws in vancouver/seattle we had our two kids 3,4 on the flight which was horrible...I am def looking forward to a quiet, relaxing flight to lead into my quiet relaxing vacation!!

Joelle

P.S I have a new cell phone that is also like an Mp3 player that I have about 200 songs...I know we shouldn't have cell phones on but it has a 'airplane mode' will that allow me to listen to songs?

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10. Re: Occupying your time (mind) on the plane

On our 9 and half hour flight from London, we had a great time with the in-house enterntainment system, we were able to play games against other travellers, like the first one to reveal anagram etc. it then gave your seat name as the winner with tables!!

I also enjoyed four films - 2 each way

I had ipod and book etc, but found I never had time to use them!