Moving Overseas

My Best Tips for Long-Haul Flights

If you ask a North American what a long-haul flight means, most will tell you about the torture of a 7-hour flight to Europe or the time they spent 16 hours in transit to South America.

When you ask an Australian, that’s a short flight! A flight from Sydney to LA takes about 15 hours, and that’s not counting any other destinations on either side. Getting to Europe usually means going through the Asia or the Middle East for a longish layover.

Between the two of us, we’ve done dozens of these types of trips now. It never gets any less annoying, but I’ve found a few good tricks to make the experience of flying long distances a bit more bearable:

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Konmari for Travellers: How ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ made it easier, cheaper, and more fun for me to travel

Most people who know me remember the intense phase last December when, fuelled by dreams of long-term travel, I embarked on the process of reading and then following the tenets of Konmari.

Groan, you think. Not another one of these “throw-everything-out” obsessives.

Well, yes. I am a bit crazy about this stuff, but only because it worked so incredibly well for me and played a big part in helping me to plan and afford to take a big trip in the near future.

I know you’re still sceptical, but I’ll explain the whole process and see if I can’t show you that it’s not only doable, but necessary for your life as someone who loves to travel and wants to do more of it.

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Life, un-settled

I wasn’t sure about documenting it all, to be honest. I’ve had a travel blog before, when I moved to Australia in 2011. While it was enjoyed by my family and friends, my once-regular posting schedule started to peter out within a few months, as my experiences Down Under became less about travel and more about real, adult life.

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