Why I Prefer Long Plane Rides Over Short Ones

I know what you’re thinking.  I’m insane.  Who enjoys sitting on a plane for 8 hours or more?  There’s hardly any space, you’re possibly subjected to sitting next to someone you don’t know who could be the rudest person you’ve ever met, you don’t have a ton of options for food, you have to use a bathroom with barely enough space to turn around, and you’re just simply…stuck.  Sounds delightful, right? Hear me out.


I hate being rushed any time in life.  Whether I’m getting dressed, finishing an important task at work, or crossing the street, I hate feeling like I don’t have enough time to do what I need to do.  The same applies when flying.  I enjoy knowing that I will have time to do all the things I need to do while in flight.  I’m almost always tired when I’m flying.  Blame my horrible ability to procrastinate. I know that I’ll be able to secure solid sleep when flying.  Don’t hate me because I’m able to sleep anywhere!  When I take long flights, I know I’ll have time to watch that movie I was too busy to catch in the theater or read that book I’ve been trying not so diligently to finish.  Short flights don’t give me the same freedom.


If you’re a flight attendant reading this, don’t be offended.  It’s just that in my experience, flight attendants tend to be a bit more cheerful when they aren’t rushed for time either.


We’ve all taken a domestic flight where we’re barely served a soft drink, given a bag a peanuts and then told to go about our merry way.  When you take longer flights, you’re usually served gourmet (ish) food that makes for a much more delightful in flight experience.  On my way to Tanzania, KLM served chicken teriyaki, a warm roll, yogurt parfait, cheese and crackers, and an egg soufflé.  This sounds like it could be a bit dicey, but I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfied I was.  And the food is usually better on European and Asian airlines, but that’s a different post for a different day.


Let’s not forget the name of this blog!  I enjoy a good cocktail any day of the week, especially when it’s free.  If you’re flying for more than 8 hours, you’re most likely crossing continents.  This probably means that the booze is free and you’re able to enjoy some of your favorite cocktails, at no extra cost.  WIN, WIN.

Am I alone?  Let me know if you think I’m completely off-base and comment below!