Travelling in economy on your flight can sometimes be the drainer on a holiday you’ve long been looking forward to. However, there are a few ways in which you can make your stay in this section feel like first class. Despite whether your specific flight is set for the skies for a number of hours, or a quick trip across the state line – here are our top tips for getting cosy when you’re not quite luxury mode just yet.
It’s all about choosing the right seat
Many airlines will give you the option to select where you’d like to sit, and even if they charge a fee, it’s usually worth the investment. This gives you the ability to see how full the plane is before you jump on board, and more importantly, where exactly you’ll be parking yourself for the duration. The majority of people seem to flock to the front of the plane out of habit, but leaving the rear sparsely occupied – this is your opportunity for the best seat in the house.
Pro tip: When booking, keep an eye on all flight times across the schedule. Examine which ones are more populated and choose based on what ones are filling up over others. This may mean you have to board at a less-than-convenient time of day, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Dress for comfort, not style
It’s not a catwalk, so keep your stilettos or suit packed up in your luggage, if you can. The compact seats of the economy section are much more comfortable when you’re able to feel relaxed so throwing on loose-fitting clothing and some sneakers will pay off. If you happen to get cold feet easily, we recommend including bed socks in your carry-on so you can kick off your shoes (be mindful of those around you, though). Think of these as dressing gowns for your feet.
Personalise your entertainment options
Being at the behest of the in-flight entertainment can be a total roll of the dice. Instead of slumming it with the back of the seat in front of you, prepare your own entertainment options and load your smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, pack a good book or puzzle magazine to keep your mind distracted. Above all, invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones, if you really want to tune out.
Take advantage of in-flight meals
While it is best to check with your airline, many economy seats now offer prepaid meals that are served up directly to you when the cart is doing the rounds. Choosing this option means you don’t have to worry about fiddling with your credit card during the flight and often gives you the opportunity to access meals that aren’t usually on the menu (for that VIP feel). Not all airlines boast this, but it’s always worthwhile checking out what’s on offer before you set to the skies.
Above all, enjoy yourself
As for most experiences, it is what you make it. A flight in economy can be made to feel like a first-class experience if you let it seem that way. Equip that positive mindset of yours and enjoy your flight – use it as a time to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.