First and business class seats are almost always better, but there is no reason to resign yourself to misery if you're booked in coach. We asked Christopher Elliott, author of How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler, and Peter Greenberg, the travel editor of CBS News, how they stay comfortable at the back of the plane. Their advice: If you go in with low expectations and a plan, you'll never be tempted to splurge on a first class seat again.
"I embraced a long time ago what I call the center-seat Zen," says Greenberg. "I don't care what my reservation says, I'm convinced I'm sitting in 35E. Now, if I get to 35E and that really is my seat, then I'm not disappointed. And if it's not, then I'm pleasantly surprised."
Whatever you need to do to get yourself into a calm state, by all means do it. This may include breathing or yoga exercises, meditation, or simply bringing along a large pair of noise-canceling headphones and playing your feel-good tunes on repeat. This way, you'll be less likely to let small disruptions or inconveniences get under your skin.
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