All of the active travelers out there, as well as the casual ones, have or will experience a long-haul flight. What is exactly a long-haul flight or how much it has to last for it to categorized as a long-haul? Well, I don’t think there is a manual for that. In Europe, a long-haul flight is just above 4 hours, in the US, it is usually above 7 hours. Generally, airlines consider a flight that lasts for more than 7 hours a long-haul flight. But why are there so many pieces of advice about how to survive a long-haul flight, you might ask?
You can imagine that if you spend 7 or more hours in a plane seat without preparing yourself first, you will probably not have the best time of your life. Personally, I had only 2 long-haul flights in my life, from Amsterdam to Washington DC, and from Amsterdam to Mexico City. The first one was definitely worse than the second flight because I didn’t prepare at all! Nothing to read, nothing to listen to, no cozy socks or earplugs. Not a disaster, but it could’ve been better. So without further ado, let’s see what are the most important tips to survive a long-haul flight:
I have often been asked how do I manage to travel to so many places and still have a budget for daily expenses. Sure, I, myself, was wondering not so long ago how everybody does that and why I can’t afford it. I never had enough money, there was always too much month at the end of my salary and I constantly spent all my money on stuff I would soon forget I bought. But I’ve found answers to all of my questions when I decided I needed to save money for traveling.
Sure, it’s going to be hard, you’re going to give up some things, but it’s all going to be worth it, I promise! I am going to write here some honest tips to save money for traveling, from my own experience as a wanderlust-er 🙂
Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world and the largest metropolitan area in the West. On my way to Cuba, I had to spend a layover in Mexico City and instead of staying inside the airport, we decided to go outside and explore the city a little bit. I recommend you do the same. I guarantee a layover experience can be much more than sitting on a chair for a few hours or exploring the duty-free shops.
Of course, it depends on the time you have. We had 12 hours. What did we visit? How did we get there? Was everything alright or did we have some not-so-nice experiences ourselves? Read more below and you’ll find it all out about our layover in Mexico City!
Portugal has been on my bucket list for too long. It still is, because so far I have only visited Lisbon and its surroundings. But I would go back anytime, I swear. I am yet to plan a trip to Faro and especially to the marvelous beaches of Algarve. But Lisbon is wonderful, too. Actually, it is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen – it made me feel at home. It gave me that cozy feeling from the hotel room to the narrow streets and warm people. Lisbon makes you fall in love the moment you get there. It truly is my soul city and now I know why. Here are 13 reasons why you should visit Lisbon, too:
Malta is such a beautiful island. You won’t believe the rich history it has and the various traces culture has left on it. It’s a jewelry for travelers and locals’ reason to be proud. Me and my boyfriend decided to go to Malta for 4 days in May in order to celebrate my birthday, but if I go again I would go in early spring (March, April) or late autumn (October, November). In May it starts to get really hot and you get tanned while walking on the streets – I got some pretty bad sunburns just from sightseeing, not purposely laying in the sun.