18 things I love and hate about flying

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Flying: You either love it or you hate it. I usually don’t mind it when I’m flying towards my next holiday destination but man, some aspects are annoying, uncomfortable and downright terrible. Here are the 18 things I love and hate about flying:

Love airports

Yes, I absolutely love airports. I like the tax-free stores, I like the buzz, I like watching all those people and imagining where they are off to and why… Airports are cool. You can usually find me at the airport hours before my flight departs, it makes me feel like I’m on holiday already!

Hate long lines for boarding

 Ugh, no free seats in the waiting area, it takes ages before boarding is finally open and then suddenly everyone starts running to be the first  on board. Relax people, we still have 30 minutes before the door closes.

Love extra legspace

Exit row? Really? Yaaaaaaay! It’s not like my legs are so incredibly long but there can never be enough space between me and the seat in front of me. 

Hate full overhead bins

People seriously, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that 150 large trolleys will never fit in the overhead bins. Ever heard of traveling light? 

Love windowseats

Although most frequent travellers prefer aisle seats, I’m a window fan. My legs aren’t too long so I don’t need to fold them out in the aisle. And who would say no to the spectacular views? Not me! Another perk: That arm rest is all MINE!

Hate inconsiderate passengers

You know, the ones with zero respect for your personal space. Keep knees and arms in your own space, thank you. And that includes the jerk behind me that keeps pushing his knees against the back of my chair. 

Love the in-flight entertainment

Oh yesssss there’s movies! How many can I watch before we land? Which ones to pick? Choices choices…

Hate the reclined seat in front of me

Hey, it’s a bloody dayflight asshole!

Love friendly cabin crew

Some people have that little extra something that makes you feel welcome instantly. It’s a quality I greatly admire and many flight attendants seem to have it. Not all of them though… It’s a tough job and you can’t be friendly and patient all the time. 

Hate not being able to sleep

I don’t know how people do it, I really don’t. I might snooze off for a few minutes and then wake up again because it’s simply too uncomfortable to actually sleep.

Love the snacks

Nuts, cookies, icecream… bring it on!

Hate the meals

Mushy, bland and it all tastes the same. And why on earth do you give me the option to fill out my preference for vegetarian food if you’re not going to serve it anyway?

Love it when you make up time

Oh that delightful message from the captain when you reach your destinatin earlier than expected….

Hate the dry skin

Spend a few hours on board of an airplane and your skin feels like sandpaper. Why is the air always so ridiculously dry?

Love to have an empty seat next to me

Oh yesss, more room and no one in my space. Having an extra seat is pure airplane heaven!

Hate noisy passengers

Screaming kids or people snoring, eating, chewing, coughing, breathing heavily… Misophonia kicks in quickly and with nowhere to run to, the next 10 hours will be hell. Thank god for earplugs.

Love how fast it is

Spend a couple of hours on board of a plane and you’re on the other side of the planet. Pretty amazing uh?

Hate the carbon footprint

Let’s face it. Flying is destroying our planet, there is no denying that. No matter how much I love to travel, the pollution my trip causes is horrifying. So whether I like it or not, I should fly less. I’m longing for the day that Star Trek’s transporters become reality… Beam me up, Scotty!


I’m really curious about your experience with airplane travel. What do you love or hate about flying?Let me know by leaving a comment below!


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