Books To Get You Through A Long Flight


Our team has a love-hate relationship with flying. We love it because it’s the quickest way to get abroad. We hate it because, to be honest, it can be so boring! In the past, we’ve given you some ways to navigate the stressors of travel, but I wanted to give you some advice you could hold. So, I asked our World Internships staff which books they’d pack in order to get through a long flight.

Here’s what they had to say. 

Leah, Marketing Coordinator

This is a tough one! Reading is 0ne of my favorite hobbies. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book, and it’s a great way to pass the time.

But, if I had to pick, I’d go with a book by my favorite author, Corban Addison. Addison incorporates two different yet compelling elements in all his stories; timely social justice issues, and the complexity of relationships. My favorite of his is A Walk Across the Sun. While the topic is heavy, it’s incredibly well researched and thrilling. This, with a cup of coffee and banana bread (my flight go-tos), will make the ride feel shorter. I should know, I recently flew from Massachusetts to Australia!

Emily Tong, Program Coordinator 

I have a deep love for all things Harry Potter, so bingeing any of the books from J.K Rowling’s series would be my go-to! Some of my favorite memories involve sitting in cafes around the world, reading Harry Potter and feeling connected to home even if I was hundreds of miles away.

However, if magic isn’t really your thing, I’d go with The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. It’s an epic page-turner and sure to make the time pass quickly! P.S- it’s a much better read than watch! Go with the book before the movie.

Kailee Moszynski, Director

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman has been my favorite book ever since I can remember! I’ve read it countless times and spent my entire flight from Boston to Spain falling in love with the characters all over again. Golden Compass has it all. As someone who considers herself pretty independent, I related to the main character’s drive!

If you want a story with mystery, adventure, friendship, and magic, then Golden Compass was written for you.

P.S- the movie does not do it justice.

Hannah Bernhard, Advisor 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi will always be a favorite of mine! It’s an amazing novel that traces two different histories of people from the same tribe in Ghana. Side note, it was Gyasi’s first book, won multiple awards, and was written before she even turned 30. If that’s not inspirational, then I don’t know what is!

Honorable mentions:

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelo
  • Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres (your laughs may wake up your sleeping neighbor, though!)
  • Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
  • Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  • Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M. Chu (binge it before seeing the movie!)

Happy reading! Looking for some more travel tips? Be sure to check out our guide on living abroad.