long haul flight(s) – oz to europe


Who’s done it, how was it? Which route did you take, did you transit or stopover?

Do you take meds at a regular time and how did you handle that?

I’m having some anxiety around a planned trip to Ireland, but I so want to go…




26 thoughts on “long haul flight(s) – oz to europe

  1. I recommend one stopover for one night, each way, at Bangkok, kind people, hospitality. Just stay in the hotel if you want. Rest and prepare for the onward journey…

  2. I went to Japan at the end of February.
    I think I accidentally missed taking a day of thyroid med on the way back….I got turned around. Since I have been home for the past 5 days, I have been sleeping a lot. Very tired. Lost some time.

  3. I’ve never gone that route. My longest is 21hrs from the States to the Middle East. And yes, I have taken sleeping pills – Over the counter stuff and I usually down it at take off at least for portion of the flights, depending on how I want to acclimate to the time-zone I am going to. For the most part the OTC stuff does not make me groggy and I rarely have jet-lag.

  4. I was living in London at the time and we stayed in Dublin Oh what a city, you will love its depth of art and literacy Annie, you must get there…….

  5. I haven’t travelled overseas since 1979, but I would just double check with your Dr about your meds (depending on what you’re taking and how important it is to take at the same time each day OR exactly 24 hours apart). Most drugs it’s better to miss a day, than take 2 doses very close together.

    As long as you’re drinking plenty of water and getting up to stretch your legs on a long flight (to avoid DVT and sluggish lymphatic system), I think you’ll find it not too bad. Some people like a stopover of a day or two, and some people find it’s more trouble and disruptive and prefer to sleep on a long flight.

    I would avoid caffeine and drink herbal tea. Personally, I get nightmares from sleeping pills (even valerian, hops herbal teas also). I tend to drink chamomile or lemongrass tea. I’m sure you would already know to avoid alcohol on long flights – very dehydrating.

    It’s all a matter of personal taste and being in tune with your body (and how it reacts).

    • Thanks so much Vicki. I will be asking my dr but I remember she wasn’t great last time I travelled! grrr

      I haven’t done much and the last time was I think 8 years ago. Never been to Ireland that’s for sure…

      I don’t drink so that’s one thing to tick of the list πŸ™‚ I think I’ll be better with a stopover – one or even two nights.

  6. I’ve done Melbourne to Europe 3 times now, Of course it’s a personal choice whether to have a stop over to break the trip, or travel straight through and just have the connection time between flights. I’ve done both and personally I prefer to allow if possible, 3-4 hours break between connecting flights and just freshen up, walk around the airport for a while and just get back on with the travelling, rather than stopping overnight between connecting flights which I find just drags out the trip.

    But of course that’s a personal choice and only you can decide what’s best for you. Most major airports also have shower facilities, and some have sleeping rooms you can rent for a few hours so options are here.

    I personally don’t welcome long haul flights much at all, but unfortunately living ‘Down Under’ we don’t get much of a choice πŸ˜‰

    I found researching airlines helpful as well, and although we all like a good bargain sometimes it could be worth paying a bit more for comfort, especially on a long haul flight. I’ve flown with Etihad, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. My choice? Singapore Airlines excelled in all areas for me and I wouldn’t hesitate flying with them again.

    Regarding medication, I would strongly suggest to discuss this with your GP rather than looking for answers online.

    Here’s a few websites you might find helpful. Good luck and happy travels πŸ˜€









  7. I recommend Temazepan from the doctor to help you sleep, a stop over in Asia if flying economy


  8. I haven’t done it, Annie, but on long haul flights I usually take travel sickness tablets and they work a treat to keep me calm and relaxed πŸ˜€

  9. Hi Annie, I came to your blog via a comment you posted on my blog 9 months ago & thought I’d respond to your questions
    If you need any help planning where to go in Ireland, I’m happy to help. As you may remember if you’ve read any of my blog, I won a trip to Ireland in 2012 & spent a month travelling the length & breadth of Ireland & Northern Ireland. I wrote a blog each day & added many many photos of this incredibly beautiful place, as I documented where I went, what I visited & where I stayed. If you want to take a look at my Ireland blog from my very first day I arrived … here is the link : http://paddys-wagon.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/ireland-at-last.html

    As I’m from NZ, I flew to Sydney, to connect with an Etihad flight to Abu Dhabi where there was a 3 hour stopover. Then it was non-stop all the way to Dublin. As you already probably know, flying to the other side of the world from NZ or Australia, does requires an amazing feat of endurance. For Kiwi’s, this means waking up the morning of the big flight at 0700 on Saturday morning NZT & not getting back into a bed until you are at your destination around Monday lunchtime NZT! And then, finding you can only sleep for 3 – 4 hours. Our first day of sightseeing was a mammoth effort starting at about 0900 until 2100 in the evening, which worked well because I certainly did sleep well that night & had no symptoms of jet lag that I was aware of.

    Previous long haul flights to London, I’ve stopped over in Singapore for two nights which seemed to work well. Again, I didn’t have any jet lag symptoms, despite not sleeping well on the flight.

    I know a lot of friends who take sleeping pills when they are on a long haul flight but I personally, wouldn’t. However, a doctor I work with regularly takes a prescribed medicine called ‘Melatonin’ when he flies long distance, which not only helps him get off to sleep but also reduces jet lag. It’s worth checking out.

    When are you flying off to Ireland Annie? I do feel very envious. Ireland was the best country I’ve travelled around ever. Which is saying something as I’ve been to 48 countries around the world over the last 35 years, albeit some were very short stays.

    I’m already planning to return to Ireland. I had a travel buddy on my first trip & plan to travel there with someone next time too. While I’m sure you’d be fine on your own, I prefer to have company.

    I do hope you’ll post regularly on your blog once you get there. I look forward to re-living my trip to Ireland vicariously through your travel tales.

    If you think I might be able to help you with any other questions, I’d be happy to help. Just message me via my blog & If you want to provide me your email address, I’ll make sure it won’t be posted onto my blog.

    Enjoy Ireland!
    Paddy from NZ [I’m a gal not a guy πŸ˜€ ]

    P.S. I do apologise for such a long post… I think I may have got a little carried away with myself πŸ˜€

    • Hi Paddy πŸ™‚

      Thank you SO much for all the info and no need to apologise – loved it!!

      I wish I did have a travel buddy – would totally reduce my anxiety and of course just be fun to share…I will be meeting up with adult children for some of it so, we’ll see how it all goes.

      I’m going late July and my trip has been shortened so – a long haul to get there and I’ll probably be jetlagged the whole time and then when I’m home again ha ha!!

      Going to read all your posts, slowly, and pick your brains later πŸ™‚

      x annie

  10. We flew out from Melb as that’s where my cousin’s from and travelled about 7 hours to Brunei, had a 3 hour stopover.. then another 7-8 to Dubai where we had an hours break.. then another 7 to London. It was pretty easy all in all. I read a few books and watched a few movies.. it’s amazing how time flies when you’re distracted πŸ˜€

    • Sounds like 3 decent length flights Livonne. I’ve decided to go Hong Kong – London and stay a night or two then on to Belfast.

      The thought of Dubai mid summer was too much – sometimes they disembark on the tarmac and it could be 47 degrees!!

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