I always do my best thinking when up in the air. Swallowed by sky and clouds and the spanning oceans and sprawling landscapes below, I feel most in-tune with myself. Maybe because the time I spend in an aircraft is a pause in the craze-filled frenzy traveling full time can be. It’s my moment to sit and just be. Any flight, whether it’s a hop, skip and a jump from island to island, or a luxury craft filled with hundreds and multi-tiers of explorers, is “home” for a tiny bit of our life. It’s a recluse, a pod, a little quiet place to be still. So when we find an airline like Air New Zealand, that makes the experience of flying more serene and luxurious, it makes me so grateful.
Sometimes knowing I’m in for a long flight can send my anxiety into epic new heights. Upon booking my nonstop flight from Los Angeles to London, I can’t tell you how daunting the 10 hour flight felt. But when I was greeted by the welcoming faces of Air New Zealand’s attendants and settled into my comfortable (and ridiculously spacious) Business Premier seat, I knew my original nerves were not welcomed here. I was in for a serious treat – a relaxing experience – words I would not typically choose for a long-haul flight.
I mean, when your seat can convert into a memory foam flat-laying bed, not relaxing would be a sin! Kudos to Air New Zealand on this gem. Seriously, why can’t all airlines have Skycouches?
Nestling into my space was oh-so dreamy. In between writing in my journal, I was able to catch up on the television shows I’ve been missing out on while sipping on New Zealand wine and settle into the ultimate relaxation-mode. Air New Zealand leaves no stone unturned when it comes to providing a list of New Zealand’s best wines (curated by seven leading wine experts). Give this girl a glass of refreshing white wine, some cuddly blankets and some tv shows to binge, and I’m as happy as a clam.
And I should mention, I was able to settle into my ultimate relaxation state while also devouring Chef Peter Gordon (the godfather of fusion foods) and Michael Meredith cuisine (known for his award winning celebration of New Zealand’s culinary traditions). I also devoured their CrossTown donuts and other refreshments while on board! Happy stomach, happy state-of-mind.
It’s in the air that I’m given the time and the setting to be still. It here in my long haul flight that I am able to dream, to set goals and intentions, to reflect on all the great experiences I’ve gathered and all that is yet to come. Thank you to Air New Zealand for setting off my trip to London on such a great note!
Trip sponsored by Air New Zealand.