In partnership with WOW Air. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve spent a lot of time flying WOW Air lately, so I’ve gotten pretty adept at passing the time in ways that don’t involve the Internet. WOW Air has fabulous service and super affordable prices, which makes forgoing WiFi worth it in my book. (Seriously, when you can fly to Brussels for $99, who needs WiFi?!) I’m as guilty as anyone in my addiction to my smartphone but just think way back to the days of no WiFi. What did you do then? Whether you’re traveling alone or looking to entertain kids on a long flight, here are 7 things to do on a plane without WiFi.

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1. Read or listen to a book. My list of books to read is ever-growing because it’s a luxury I just can’t afford these days. I’m insanely over-committed and busy, and I’m sure it’s the same for you. Before your flight, buy, borrow, or download e-books, or audiobooks (you should try Audible) so you can finally catch up. You have my permission!

2. Rent an iPad on board WOW Air. Guests flying on WOW Air’s North American routes have the option to rent iPads full of entertainment during the flight. There are universal power outlets on board the A321 and A330 aircraft, so you can also easily charge your own devices while in the air.

3. Listen to hours of music using Spotify Premium.  If you create and download your playlists before you board, you’ll have unlimited music at your fingertips without the need for WiFi.

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4. Watch Netflix. Using the Netflix app, you can download shows to your mobile device and binge-watch your favorite shows or finally watch that movie everyone’s been telling you about.

5. Work. You might think you need to access your email, but really, that’s just an excuse. You can save any information you need before you hop on the plane. Often the Internet distracts me while I’m working, so if you’re like me, open up a Word document (or whatever program you use) and get some work done so you’ll have less on your plate when you land.

6. Enjoy doing nothing for a few hours. How often do you have that option? Whether you want to flip through a magazine, write an old-fashioned letter to someone you ought to catch up with (or even better, send postcards from your trip), or write in your journal, now’s the time to do it. You literally have nothing better to do! On my flight from NYC to Iceland to Copenhagen with WOW Air, I decided to do nothing when I couldn’t sleep on the flight. 15 minutes into my doing nothing, I looked at the window and couldn’t believe what I saw- it was the Northern Lights! I’d been wanting to see the Northern Lights since I was a little girl, but never expected to be able to actually see them in mid-air. I was able to watch them for a solid 45 minutes and it was hands down one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced so far! 

7. Catch up on much-needed sleep. Some people need sound machines to sleep. Others zonk right out with subtle rocking motion of any transportation vehicle. If you’re one of these people, catching a few z’s won’t be difficult. If you have a hard time sleeping on planes, bring a neck pillow, don a sleep mask, pop in your earbuds and relax. Put on a meditation soundtrack and you might just be snoring a few minutes later!


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  • GH Client

    Sleeping and reading are my two favorite things to do on a long flight!

    April |

  • Ashley Garza

    I love reading a good book when I fly!!

  • Natasha Massey Stoneking

    no wifi… as insane as that sounds for a long flight, i’m with you on the quiet time and NAPPING

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Great tips!! Love the option to rent the iPad!!

  • Great post! Fun idea lady! I personally love reading on a plane. Great downtime.

    xo Laura Leigh

  • Danielle Gervino

    Ah, I go a little stir crazy when there’s no wifi, but I’d love to listen to a podcast!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  • Usually I’ll write up blog posts, and listen to Spotify! I love downloading things to watch on Netflix!

  • This is such a great post! I always listen to music and read a book on long flights!

  • Sarah Lindner

    Such great tips! I have flown a long flight without wifi and tv and I find it super relaxing! Great post! I have been checking out WOW flights lately and had been wondering!


  • I love to catch up on sleep and reading on a flight. I travel a lot with work and have also started preloading my phone with my favourite podcasts.
    C x

  • I’m a sucker for taking advantage of in flight movies & getting some reading in on flights. x

  • I usually like to catch up on my sleep and have a little pamper session. I did use wi-fi mid air once and it was really neat!!!

  • Kara

    Flying is the only time I get to read a book. Love the idea that you can rent an ipad though, we tend to watch netflix on ours when we are away

  • I do love all your ideas and I certainly do some of them already! I load up my playlists, get a few good books on my Kindle app and I am ready to go. Or I sleep. The WHOLE flight 🙂

  • I have to admit I’ve never had Wi-Fi on a flight, probably because you have to pay extra for it and I don’t feel the need. It’s nice to just chill out and read a book or watch your movies on a tablet or, like you say, listen to your spirit playlist. It’s a great period of time where you can actually just zone out and relax.

  • I’ve been on quite a few long haul flights recently and I definitely agree with getting stuck into a book and catching up on sleep!

  • I love listening to playlists and podcasts during a long flight. I think my airplane playlist is over 48hrs worth of music.

  • Toya Smith

    Great tips! I seem to have the hardest time focusing when trying to read during a fight. Definitely Netflix more of a Netflix and sleep person!

  • Melanie

    Some fab tips here – for me Netflix, music and then if I can some sleep work for me 🙂 x

  • I’ve never flown WOW before but I know they’ve got some great destinations but without the premium prices of other carriers so these tips are brilliant.

  • I do love flying for the reason that it’s time to relax with a book and just chill out as I don’t do it enough x

  • Jinzo_2400

    We voted for sleeping and or/reading a huge book. I would volunteer to fly the plane but I think they would say “no” to that…

  • Nellwyn

    I love reading and watching movies on planes. I usually load up my computer with lots of good things to watch before I get on a long flight and I never forget to stock up on magazines at the airport.

  • Bex Smith

    I usually sleep or read a book when on a flight but I do find it tough without wifi haha

  • Rose Mont

    I often sleep when I get on a plane but if the flight was longer I would appreciate a movie or book.

  • Tasheena N. Womack

    Love this list! For a minute I thought to myself “omg, no wifi on a flight” however, most of the airlines I fly don’t offer free wifi.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    No7 is my favourite, not so easy when you have kids with you but normally there are a few adults so we can all take it in turns to nap.

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