7 Apps To Make a Long Flight More PleasantHave you ever been on a flight that feels way too long?
We’ve all been there. Traveling abroad is an exciting and rewarding experience, but flying can sometimes be a downside of taking that journey. Delays, loud disrespectful neighbors, bad food or some medium turbulence and there it is: your journey is ruined. You arrive at the final destination in a bad mood, promising yourself to never go through this torture again.
But, of course, we do travel again and board that next plane hoping for the best. Because what a sad boring life it would be if we let a few bad flights stand in the way of our nomad lifestyle. The good news is that any flight, no matter how long and challenging, can end up being a very pleasant experience if we only change our attitude towards it. After all, it’s a great chance to disconnect from the rest of the world and just spend a few hours enjoying the journey.
Our team, being frequent travelers ourselves, has a few tips on how to make any flight more pleasant. These are the apps that always make our personal or work tips better, so maybe they will help you too.
- Momondo. Free for iOS and Android.
Any trip starts with planning. Thus, the first step to making it a pleasant one is choosing the most suitable flight with as few layovers as possible for a reasonable price. And, in case you have nowhere to stay, a cozy hotel. Having an app on your phone will help you to book everything while on the go. There are alternatives to this app such as Skyscanner or Kayak. In our experience, all three give pretty good results with a very little price difference, so it’s only a matter of personal preference.
- onoff app. Starting from €3.99/month for iOS and Android.
Staying in touch while traveling can be difficult. Slow internet connection in airports certainly doesn’t help. Yet, so often you need to communicate something just before boarding a plane: your flight was delayed or something came up last minute. That’s one of those situations when onoff can be a lifesaver.
- Calm. Starting from $4.99/month for iOS and Android.
Despite the fact that flying is statistically the safest way of traveling, 1 in 3 adults is either anxious or afraid of flying. If you belong to this group, then you have even more trouble than the rest of us. But there are still ways to turn your flying experience around. There are quite a few apps out there to help anxious flyers calm their nerves and relax. Calm is one of them, offering some simple breathing and meditation exercises that help to relax and overcome anxiety. There is also Headspace that offers a special 10-minute meditation "Fear of flying" that you can do before boarding a plane.
- Spotify Premium. Free 30-day trial, €6.99/month after. Available on iOS and Android.
If meditation is not your thing, you can always listen to some music. Spotify is the best app out there to access any album or playlist you like. The Premium option also allows listening to it offline, which is perfect for a flight.
- Audible. Free 30-day trial, $14.95/month after. Available on iOS and Android.
We think that the best way to enjoy a long flight is to read a good book. But what if you forgot to bring a book or simply cannot focus? Make sure to download an interesting audiobook before boarding a plane. Audible has wonderful choices, often narrated by the authors or famous actors. It’s cheaper to purchase a subscription than pay for each book separately.
- TED. Free on iOS and Android.
Get inspired! TED lets users save talks and later watch them offline while on the plane. It’s also possible to browse them by topic or search various playlists. There are plenty of different speeches from any field of knowledge imaginable.
- Duolingo. Free for iOS and Android.
If you have this language learning app installed (which we think you should!), then you have probably noticed that it has an offline mode available. It automatically stores about one hour’s worth of lessons which you can use during your flight.
We hope these tips help to make your next journey a lot more pleasant. Do you have any apps you can’t imagine traveling without? Share your ideas, we would love to add them to our list!
Marta @ onoff