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Back on track. The flights are really not that bad. I do more hours in the air than thst every 5 weeks to get to and from work. You just have to switch off, and thinkof whats at the end of it. There is plenty of films and entertainment on board, and you are able to get up and walk about to stretch your legs, so it really isn't that bad. The only advice i can give is to try to be tired when you board the long legs from heathrow to singapore, maybe get up very early in the day. This will make it easier to sleep on this leg. Then depending on how long you have in singapore there is plenty to do, lots of shops, and nice and esay to get around, unlike heathrow. Try Harry's bar which is at the tranfer terminal, and opposite burger king, good to just get out and get some fresh air. The singapore flight is usually a nighttime flight, arriving in adelaide in morning, so if you can, try to sleep on plane, then stay awake as long as possible on day of arrival, this will help get over the jet-lag. Only my personal experiences from travelling back and forth to Africa every 5 weeks.
Hi on some sound advice we flew from heathrow to melbourne via abu dabai with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. We left heathrow at 0830 and arrived in melbourne at 1730 and coming back left at 2130 and got back at 1330 and had no jet lag. The flight timings were crucial as the long part of the flight from abu dadai to melbourne were both at night ish so the little ones slept the whole flight apert from the last few hours pretty much. Also when we got there got the car got to the hotel as it was night time and with all of the excitement they went straight down again and slept the whole night. Would defenetly recomend these timings and will use them again. Like i say no jet lag which still amazes me.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
There's no getting round it, the flight is incredibly boring, at least the leg to Singapore is. I've done Australia and back 7 times now and each time it seems like more of a chore. The flight down to Adelaide is relatively quick, at approximately 7 hours, so it's not too bad.
Personally I hate night flights. The older I get, the more difficult I find it to sleep, so next time we will take the morning flight out of Heathrow instead of a late night one and book a few hours in the airport hotel at Singapore to have a decent sleep before the next leg. On night flights I always manage to get a seat near the person who wants to read all night with their light on, or who is constantly pressing the call button for the air hostess, or who keeps pulling their window blind up and down, or who wants to stay up all night getting drunk.
If you don't have young children to worry about then you are incredibly lucky. Flying with kids isn't much fun. Ever since they've had seatback TV screens we've had small children to worry about so I've never managed to see a film the whole way through! When we didn't have kids it was when you had to watch a couple of movies peering over people's heads on a big screen - which was never very satisfactory. My kids also have a knack of needing mummy just when I'm nodding off to sleep.
They say not to drink too much if any alcohol, but to drink plenty of water. Last time we went to Australia I didn't have any alcohol at all, which may explain why I couldn't sleep, but I did feel better for it. If you drink too much of anything you spend your whole time having to go to the loo!
Another tip is not to take too much in hand luggage. I always used to pack too much, and then spend the whole time losing things in my bags, on the floor, under the seat etc. Your lips/skin/nostrils can get very dry with the air-conditioning in the cabin, so hand cream and lip salve are a good idea (remember they need to be in a plastic bag through security though). It can get very cold on the plane at night, though I have founds flights to vary.
If you sit at the back of the plane behind the engines it is much noisier. So try and sit in front of the engines and take some ear plugs - essential if you want to get some sleep and drown out the sound of the drunken passengers next to you who are intent on partying all night (only happened to me once and I was so glad of those earplugs!).
However it is all worth it in the end. It's great as you get towards South Australia, if you are lucky you might see an amazing sunrise over the Australian desert on the way down. Then it gets greener, the Adelaide Hills come into view with the masts on Mount Lofty, and you see the grid of houses and the airport, with Glenelg and the sea beyond, and it's as if you've never been away.....
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.