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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2. Colouring

Adult colouring is something that I’ve been wanting to attempt, but the thought of forking out time from my busy schedule simply to colour seemed a bit extravagant. Therefore, being ‘stuck’ in the aircraft was one of the best times to start this hobby.

Equipped with 24 colouring pencils and a handy sharpener, I embarked on Johanna Basford’s new colouring book, “The Magical Jungle”. Do not underestimate how long it takes to completely fill in a page – it took me a good hour to cover just a tenth of one page. Admittedly, a lot of that time was spent deciding what colours to use for the images.

You’ll also get a beautiful, intricate masterpiece at the end of the day. It’s a win-win situation.

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