No one actually enjoys long-haul travel. Unless you own a private jet or can afford to rent out the suite at the front of an A380, there's surely no one who actually relishes the experience of spending long hours stuck in a metal tube 40,000 feet above the Earth trying to get from place to place.
It's the jetlag, the plane food, the DVT. It's the fact all the movies on your flight are only being shown in Mandarin and you forgot to bring any other entertainment. It's the constant queuing and scanning and stamping. It's the interminable wait to get on the plane, and then much later to get off it. It's the stale air. It's the people around you.
No one enjoys long-haul travel. All you can hope to do is survive it, to make it as bearable as possible, to use every trick up your sleeve to get through with a reasonable amount of sleep and some decent entertainment. All you can hope to do is get to your destination with your sanity intact – and that is what we're going to help you do.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, I'm joined by fellow hard-core adventurers Ute Junker and Flip Byrnes to talk about the joy of long-haul travel, and how to make it as painless as possible. The trio will take you all the way from the airport to your final destination, with tips and tricks to make your travelling life just that little bit easier.
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Flight of Fancy is hosted by Ben Groundwater and produced by Annie Dang. This episode was recorded by Shannon Browning and mixed by Lap Phan.