Sex (-ual Health and Well-Being) On A Plane: Making The Most Out Of Long Flights

One of the double-edged realities of living in Australia is how long it takes to fly anywhere. One the one hand, we’re pleasantly tucked away in what feels like a little hidden corner of the world. One the other, long flights are tedious and expensive. You will frequently hear Aussies complain about this in a good-natured way, but also reminiscent of the “in my day, I had to walk three miles, uphill, in the snow” sort of way.

The question is always how to stay occupied on that 14+hour flight, after the Sudoku in the in-flight magazine is finished and you’re done laughing at all the hilarious (read: useless) stuff in the Sky Mall catalogue. I started to think that, since you’ve probably got nothing urgent to do, a long flight could be an opportunity to invest in your sexual well-being. And no, I’m not talking about the mile-high club (I believe that’s another post altogether).

Here are a few suggestions:

Read something other than a crappy paperback. There are a number of great books out there about sex and relationships, including our own Debby’s Because it Feels Good. A good sex book can give you new ideas, remind you of oldies-but-goodies, and just generally get you to have good sex at the forefront of your brain. If you’re worried about your seatmates seeing your risqué book title (“The Multi-Orgasmic Woman” might be a bit shocking to the grandma next to you), you can buy stretchy, opaque book covers at many office supply stores. Or it can be a good excuse to buy a Kindle or iPad.

- Do your Kegels. No one will know you’re doing them and they really can improve your long-term sex life, with yourself (stronger orgasms) or a partner (ejaculatory control).

- Drink plenty of water so you feel refreshed and more likely to be in a sexy mood when you land. This is especially important if you are on a romantic holiday, obviously. Asking the person on the aisle to get up a bunch of times may be tedious, but it’s better than having a dehydration-induced headache when you land.

Happy travels!

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About Kate McCombs

Kate McCombs

Kate McCombs, MPH is a NYC-based sex educator + blogger. She's the founder of Sex Geekdom, a global community for sex educators, researchers, and other folks who love having geeky conversations about sex.

  • http://www.thebootydoctors.com Lila

    ah Kate, the only problem with reading a good sex book on a long flight is the potential for getting all riled up and having to wait to get off… but then again, that may be why you’ll post about the mile high club!

  • Kate McCombs

    That’s a very good point, Lila! I suppose the delayed gratification could fun too?