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10 Entertaining Things to Do on a Plane

You sometimes run out of ideas about things to do on a plane. I’ve been there too! However, you’re still very excited about your holiday and all the things you’ll do at your destination.

You’ve packed, you’ve checked that you have your passport with you, you are ready to go!

You can’t wait to arrive at your destination, leave the bags in your hotel or Airbnb, explore the place, get some food and rest. But, first, you gotta get on the plane and spend hours and hours there.

I used to struggle a lot with boredom when flying, and I still sometimes do. And it’s even worse when you can’t sleep on a plane.

However, I’ve got better with time and the more you travel, the easiest is to know what things to do on a plane that will keep you entertained!

10 Entertaining Things to Do on a Plane 10 Entertaining Things to Do on a Plane

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Great things to do on a plane

Read a book

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Do you feel like you never find time to read? Well, this is one of the best moments to do it. Choose a book you are interested in, otherwise, you’ll end up being bored and stop reading very quickly.

Choose that book you’ve wanted to read for a long time, that book your friend had recommended, that book you can learn something from! 

I remember buying a book to keep me entertained on the flight at the airport before my flight and it wasn’t a good decision: I rushed to buy it and when I started reading it, I felt so disappointed. Actually, I’ve never read it! 

A better alternative to read when you’re travelling, it’s using Audible. If you’ve never heard of Audible, it’s an app where you can listen to your favourite books. 

I love it because you save space in your bag and there’s no way you’ll forget it at home because it’s on your phone. I normally prefer books but I always lack space in my bag so Audible is the solution!

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Watch a film or series

Have an idea of what you’d like to do during your flight and consider the length of it.

Watching a film or series is ideal for those long flights in which you can’t sleep and you want time to pass quickly. On most long flights you can pay extra to get WiFi, however, there’s no need to pay for it.

Download a couple of films or series on Netflix before your flight. I don’t often watch series or films at home, but they’re great for long flights.


I don’t know about you but I feel inspired when I’m on the plane or train and I often use this time to write.

Maybe it’s the excitement of travelling to somewhere new or the feeling of being away from routine and my comfort zone. 

If you have a blog, you can use the time wisely and start writing your next post. For example, I open my Google Drive, create a new document and start writing.

You don’t need an internet connection to write on it and you won’t need to take a journal/diary/notebook with you. Again, you’re saving space in your bag 😊

Also, you don’t necessarily need a blog to write, you can write about yourself, yesterday, gratitude, etc.

This is definitely one of my top things to do on a long flight or travelling hours and hours by train or bus! 

Paint or colour

This is ideal for you if you’re a multitasking person, thinking of your best friend, all the things you didn’t do, etc. or if you’re a creative person.

Colouring and painting are relaxing processes that make you feel calm and focused. There are so many colouring books but a travel lover like you will love Lonely Planet colouring book! 

You’ll colour amazing places and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, La Sagrada Familia, etc.

Plan your travel itinerary 

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Haven’t had time to plan your itinerary? Now it’s the time! 

You can do this easily in notes on your phone, write it down in your book or your travel planner if you have one.

Creating your travel itinerary is fun and makes you feel more excited about your time there.

I feel this is easier when you’re travelling by train or bus because you have an internet connection and you can use Google Maps to create a personalized map with the main places you want to visit.

However, the internet doesn’t stop you from making a start!

Listen to a podcast

If you’re bored of listening to the same music again and again or if you want to learn new things, look for a podcast on the apple app to listen to.

There are so many different podcasts! From travel and business mindset to health and relationships. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find the one for you.

Podcasts are very informative and you can learn so much from them!

Here are some of my favourite podcasts:

The Ikonns. It’s perfect if you love deep and meaningful conversations. They cover a massive variety of topics such as business, relationships, mental health, life, etc.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Jay Shetty is one of the most famous motivational speakers and he really knows what he’s talking about. He talks about relationships, finding your passion, mental health, etc. and he has many famous guests in the podcast.

The Mind Your Business Podcast. James Wedmore tells you everything about managing your own business. This is ideal if you’ve always wanted to have your own business or have one and you want to escalate it. He provides actionable and simple tips to help you grow your business.

The Bossbabe Podcast. It’s a more women-centred podcast. If you’re a boss girl, you have to listen to it. Natalie and Danielle discuss topics such as business, social media, women’s health…


Whether you’re still studying at university or you enjoy studying new topics, use your time efficiently to do it.

There may be some distractions such as the talkative kid sitting behind you on the plane or the cabin crew passing with food and drinks. But you can definitely do it! I used to get my headphones and focus on my studies when I was doing my Tourism Master. 

Play a game

I don’t normally play games on my phone but it can work for you. There are so many game apps that you’ll find the one for you. From crosswords and colouring to Candy Crush.

Alternatively, you can use other apps to learn like Duolingo. Duolingo is a great free app to start learning a language. They have different interactive activities and levels in which you can learn plenty of vocabulary and grammar structures.

I’ve used Duolingo many times and it’s great to keep you entertained and learning something.

The downside of Duolingo is practising your speaking skills. You can record yourself saying sentences or words but you don’t have the human interaction that you need to take your language skills to the next level.

Chat with your friend/boyfriend

If you’re travelling with someone else, speak to them! I know it can sometimes be a bit difficult to find a topic to talk about when you spend most of your time with the same person. However, there are unusual topics that I’m sure you don’t normally talk about! 

Have deep and meaningful conversations about your dreams, your next holidays, those things you miss doing together, etc.

It’s difficult to do this when you travel alone, although you can still chat with your neighbour if you’re an extrovert and they are nice. However, If you’re an introvert like me, you wouldn’t do it! 

This reminds me of one of those times I’ve travelled alone. Especially, it reminds me of a flight from Leeds to Málaga and I was missing having my boyfriend sit next to me.

There was an old man and he started talking to me, asking me questions like do you live in England? Do you like it? Do you miss home? Etc. He talked to me the entire flight! So, yes, approximately 3 hours. It felt a bit weird at the beginning but it was nice to speak to him!

Reflect on yourself 

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Long flights are perfect to reflect on yourself and what you’ve been up to lately. 

You’ve been so busy working late, cooking, etc. that you haven’t stopped yourself and asked basic questions like:

  • Am I doing things that I enjoy at least once a week?
  • Am I spending my time effectively
  • How would I like my life to be like?
  • Who brings me positivity into my life? Who doesn’t?

On a plane, it’s very likely you have much fewer distractions than when you’re at home and you tell yourself: “ok, I’m going to reflect on myself this weekend” and you ended up making plans with friends or cleaning your house instead of doing it.

This is so important for you and your well-being. By reflecting on yourself, you can discover so many things: positive and negative. But even if they’re negative, you find a way to make them positive. 

You can think about all this in your head but it’s always more powerful to write it down and, also, when you speak about it if you feel confident to share this with someone later. 

You may not enjoy flying but instead of freaking out, try to be distracted by doing one of these things.

I love travelling but I have to admit that flying for hours isn’t fun for me and I can’t wait to get to my destination. However, I always remind myself that it will be fine and flying is part of travelling!

What do you like doing when you’re on the plane? Share your tips in the comments below! 


Cristina xx

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