I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose between taking a 14 hour flight or a 4 hour flight, I would choose the 14 hour flight 9 times out of 10.
At this point, you might be asking yourself:
“Is this guy crazy?”
And your completely right to think that. I’ll admit it seems odd that someone would want to spend that much time on a plane, but let me explain.
For me, it comes down to mental preparation. Growing up, I was pretty accustomed to spending hours on end in a car; whether it be driving 3 hours to the cottage every weekend throughout the summer, or travelling 400 km for a minor peewee hockey game on a school night.
So when I see that the flight time to a destination is anything less than 6 hours, my brain relates it to time spent in a car. Obviously, being in a car and a plane are nothing alike. On a road trip I can stop whenever I want, roll down the windows for fresh air whenever I want, and can spread out as much as I want. On a flight, this just isn’t possible.
For whatever reason, I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that the two just aren’t the same. A few hours into the flight I get irritable, sore, and extremely bored. Every single second is counted down in my mind, and it’s torture.
But put me on a flight for 14 hours from Toronto to Seoul? No. Problem.
My mind completely dissociates the experience from being in a car. I accept my fate, find inner peace, and breeze through it like it was a short run to the corner store.
Now, obviously mental preparation isn’t the only factor. Long Haul flights use larger aircraft with more space, have more comfortable seats, and provide a much wider selection of food, entertainment and amenities.
But If you’ve travelled a bunch, you know that these extra benefits only get you so far. Unless you’re flying business or first class, at the end of the day a plane is a plane and isn’t exactly the most enjoyable experience.
So given the choice, I would choose a long haul flight over a short haul flight any day.
Do you agree with me?
What are your tricks for making flying just a little easier?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
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Hi, my name is Dillon. I’m a travel enthusiast from Canada who is constantly yearning to explore the world. I’m currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree of Environmental Studies in International Development.
When I’m not studying I like to play guitar, hang out at the cottage, and day dream about all the places I haven't yet been to. Join me as I navigate my way through life, attempt to travel around the globe, and tell a few tales along the way. The quest to find Saudades is a long one!
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