need advice about an upcoming long haul flight

Hi Everyone!

I'm flying to London from Singapore at the end of June and am wondering if I should fly direct or transit in the middle. If I fly direct, it's about 13.5 hours and to transit in middle is about 7 hours each way.

The thought of getting onto a plane for 14 hours is daunting and taking 2 7-hour flights, at least in my mind, is more manageable. The last flight I took was in December and it was about 5.5 hours. So I feel I can do this. 

Please let me know what you all think :)

Thanks, Yi Lyn

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Comment by Dorthe on June 6, 2013 at 7:46pm
Dear Yi Lyn
You sound so clarified:) Maybe it wasn't bad, that someone else took the decision: that you couldn't transit in Dubai - now you can't think about that part anymore. 
Sounds like a good idea, to split up the hours. I am thinking about doing the same (perhaps bringing some presents to my daughter, so that I can look forward to see her surprised (and occupied;) Or maybe I will reward my self with the tax free on board:D I am also thinking about bringing a little paper with all my "keywords:" turbulence is not dangerous, only uncomfortable. The attendants isn't afraid (when not smiling) maybe just thinking of the laundry etc. etc:)
Anyway it sounds so exciting that you are going to move. I hope you will bring an update:) not least, to tell that you had a nice flight - as I know you will:) 
I am going to Spain on 16 June and the rest of the month, and will not be online (now you know, if I don't respond). But, the best part is, that thanks to you, I am looking forward to my hollyday for the first time in many years - yes, I bourght the cd, and it really did somthing for me:)
Comment by Yilyn Lim on June 6, 2013 at 6:40pm

I'm going to try to get an overnight flight. If I take a day flight, it's going to be a 14-hour flight in broad daylight all the way. I have a sleep aid, it didn't work much for my last Tokyo flight but maybe this time it will be better. 

Thanks for replying Sarah! Have a wonderful weekend ahead :D

Comment by Sarah on June 5, 2013 at 11:32pm

Okay, so only one take-off and only one landing and, as you said, 3 blocks of 4 hours. Now you can start planning what to do in those time blocks. Is it an overnight flight?

You have all my sympathy for having to deal with the UK visa stuff - if you can do that, you can do anything!

Let us know how things are going. I know how stressful it can be moving countries. All the best!

Comment by Yilyn Lim on June 5, 2013 at 5:40pm

Hi Dorthe and Sarah 

Thank you for your replies. As it turns out, transiting in Dubai is not an option for me at the moment. Since I'm moving to UK, I'll be bringing medication with me to last me a while and Dubai has strict laws on bringing medication in, even common stuff like cough syrup. 

I kind of panicked when it dawned on me that I would have to fly direct but I've had some time to think about it and I've accepted it. Now I just have to prepare myself mentally for the trip. I'm planning stuff to do on the plane in 3 blocks of 4 hours each. So it's sort of like taking 3 4-hour flights in my mind. This seems to calm me a bit. Meanwhile, taking care of the visa stuff, moving and getting rid of stuff is the stressful part. So I'm just each day as it comes.

Dorthe, have you received the CDs? Have you started listening to them? Hope they help :)  

Comment by Sarah on May 27, 2013 at 11:10pm

14 hours sounds uncomfortable, if nothing else! But there's only one take-off and landing and you might find that being on a plane for that long helps you to relax there. And if it's a comfortable plane then great.

2x7 hours would certainly break up the journey but it depends how long the layover is. I once did 2x6 hour flights with a 2 hour break in the middle and I've never felt more exhausted. It's actually the only time I've properly slept on a plane (although this was before I randomly became scared of flying.)

I don't know (great advice, huh?) Like Dorthe said, whichever you choose I'm sure you can do it and the end result will be the same - London! Is this for the job you mentioned a few months ago? Are you looking forward to it?

Also much thanks for the encouraging message at the beginning of May. I had a great holiday :)

All the best,


Comment by Dorthe on May 27, 2013 at 8:17pm
First I thought I would take the two 7 hours flights, but that is only because I then have a kind of break I can look forward to. On the other side: what if the 14 hours flight goes smoothly, and you feel relaxed. Then it's a shame, that you have to leave the plane, just to take another..
Another thing is, that I've been told (from my mom, who has been really afraid of flying, and a very good friend) that the long flights actually can cure the fear of flying because, you just can't be afraid for so many hours..
Dear Yi Lin. I don't know if you can use this, but one thing I do know is, that what ever you choose to do - you can do it:)


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