Love on the road is exciting. New people, cultures, accents and places to explore. A large part of travel happens on public transport, be it on a plane, train or bus.
Trans-Atlantic flights are always the longest stretch of a journey for me as an American. Seat selection is vital.
Questions you should ask yourself when selecting your airplane seat:
- How big is your bladder? Mine’s the size of a pea.
- How long is the flight and do you want to sleep on this flight?
- How important is it to you that you have space in front of your feet to store a carry on (such as your purse)?
- Are you willing to assist the crew during an evacuation of an aircraft (relevant to those in the exit aisle)?
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While I do love a window seat when flying into a local I’ve not been before, I usually choose the aisle. I’ve got a small bladder and feel awful when I have to ask the person sitting next me to let me out… hourly. Particularly, if they’re sleeping. I learned this lesson ages ago, so I’m an aisle girl (despite the fact that I find it easier to fall asleep when I’m able to lean against the window).
I love being able to access a carry-on whilst on board. I usually pack a small bag with essentials for a trans-Atlantic flight. From the ‘States to Europe you’re always going to be looking at a flight of at least 7-10 hours. A toothbrush and toothpaste, chapstick and facial wipes are nice to have handy at my feet. I’ve learned to sacrifice the convenience of storing them under the seat in front of me for extra leg room. I just try to ensure that the bag is towards the front of the overhead compartment so it’s easier to access when needed so I can claim an exit seat if it’s still available when I’m booking a ticket.
Sure, I’m tallish for a woman. The real reason, however, is because the odds are much higher that I’ll end up sitting next to a long-legged person – fingers crossed for a devilishly handsome man.
But that’s rude. There are tall people who need that seat.
All’s fair in love and war, sweethearts.
Let’s get real. Seats are selected or assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If I end up sitting next to a long-legged man, it’s a win-win situation for him and me as far as I’m concerned. We both get the extra leg room and the pleasure of each others’ company.
All you’re doing is applying a few extra filters when selecting a seat so that you can up your chance of sitting next to a tall, hunky man.
Personal anecdote | NASL LOVE + TRAVEL TIPS are tried and tested
During my last trans-Atlantic flight from Chicago to Stockholm, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a lovely Finnish man named Henry who was currently living in Stockholm (he was even travelling with a kitty cat – bonus points for him!). We did not have an exit seat. We were, however, sitting in an aisle with only two seats at the end of many aisles with three seats so while the exit seats had all been called for, this one particular aisle just happened to have some extra leg room – thus the reason why I chose it. The exit seats were already taken on this flight.
I even had an aisle seat – which I opted to trade him at his request. This allowed me to shamelessly curl up next to him after a lovely chat, a mediocre airplane dinner and a couple of glasses of wine.
Ahh… the joys of flirting whilst on the go.