Whether you want to sleep or be entertained, you can find something perfect to listen to.
Lengthy flights tend to be incredibly boring. There's just something about being stuck in a long metal tube with strangers for hours that makes you feel like your brain is going to melt right out of your head. This is no good for business travelers who need their brains working well once they land. Luckily, a good pair of headphones or earbuds can prevent brain melting – provided you have interesting audio to go along with them. Here are some ideas for things you can listen to in the air:
Travelers who like to nod off on planes will love listening to white noise. These different tones of static will help you ignore the rumbling of a jet engine or the crying of a nearby child so you can fall asleep. It can also help those who want to stay awake, but cut down on distractions. If you read or work on your laptop during flights, white noise will help you stay focused.
Probably the most obvious and popular thing to listen to is music. However, the kind of music you're listening to will make a difference. Consider what kind of experience you want to have on your flight. Do you like to sleep on planes? If so, pick soothing instrumentals or minimalist music that will help facilitate drowsiness. On the other hand, fast-paced music will help you stay energized. This is the perfect thing to listen to if you need to be alert and on the go as soon as you land.
Movies and TV Shows
Even if motion sickness prevents you from looking at your screen, you can still enjoy dialogue-heavy movies and TV shows. This works particularly well for video you've seen before – simply put on your headphones, close your eyes, and listen to the words. You might even find that the familiar sounds help you doze off and catch some Zs on the plane.
If you want to make the most of your time in the air, download some podcasts to listen to on the flight. There are tons of podcasts out there, so the odds are good there's at least one related to your interests. Download multiple episodes, and spend your flight learning and getting better at your job. If you'd like to use your flight time to take a break, download fiction or comedy podcasts. You'll have tons of fun listening to them, and it will help the flight feel much quicker.