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Despite the hassle of security clearances and waiting at airports, I usually enjoy my time in the air.  I find it relaxing and productive.  No cell phone or pages to deal with.  No bureaucratic meetings.  I stay off wifi (as I'm too cheap to pay for it), so don't have the distraction of the email or the internet.  So I have some free time on my hands when flying, a rarity for me.


That said, I don't have trouble filling those hours.  Depending on the length of the flight, the type of aircraft and how tired I am, I might watch a move if an interesting one is on the in flight menu.  Or I might read a book, or listen to an audiobook.  Or combine an audiobook with organizing  and labeling my thousands of photos on my laptop.  If it's a long overseas flight, I'll definitely try to get some sleep.


I recently came across a story at this link about a woman who wrote a novel while flying.  Talk about an impressive use of time!  Among her tips for being productive in the air are:  1) don't use the wifi, 2) pick an uncomfortable seat (so you don't nap), 3) drink lots of coffee, 4) people watch for inspiration.... and a few other tips.


How do you fill up your flying time?

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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Great ideas and i especially like the audiobook idea! For me it depends whether I'm going on the trip or returning home. Going, I tend to organize my notes and read about some of the sights I'm planning on visiting. That used to be  in guidebooks but now  it's a combination of guidebooks and material I've printed off. Coming home, I try to relax and unwind. Maybe watch a movie or read a fiction book.


My next trip I want to use that time to learn some French.

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I've never been able to do anything useful on planes.  I can't even seem to concentrate enough to read, except maybe a magazine.  If it's nighttime, I put on the headphones with some classical music, get out my own little pillow, put on my silk eye mask and sleep as much as I can.  If the timing isn't conducive to sleeping, I'll just watch movies.  But I don't mind any of it and, while it seems to be a general rule these days to abhor airports & flying, I never have.  I'm going somewhere!

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