How I Survived A 22-Hour Flight Without Entertainment

Travel hacks for those long-haul journeys without in-flight entertainment

For many, in-flight entertainment on long-haul flights is a life-saver. I mean, what better way is there to burn all those hours in an enclosed capsule than to catch up on all those blockbuster movies you missed?

But on my recent solo flight (22 hours, no less) to New York from Singapore via Beijing, I discovered that not relying on the entertainment system actually left me well-rested for my travels.

Yes – I managed to survive without touching the small screen. Even the air stewardess was astonished that my earphones were left clean and unopened.

Here are five tips – not counting sleeping and meal times – you can try:

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1. Read, read, read 

Besides the in-flight entertainment magazine and the duty-free shopping catalogue, I found reading on board very therapeutic. I’d prepped myself with various magazines and a good book to keep my mind occupied.

While reading off hard copies of books may seem like a thing of the past to some, I found that being able to read cover to cover, without any distractions, was very stress-reliving.

When my eyes got tired, it made drifting off soundly to sleep even easier.

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