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10 Reasons Why You Should Always Pick A Window Seat When You Fly!

10 Reasons Why You Should Always Pick A Window Seat When You Fly!

Do you prefer the aisle, middle or window seat when flying? We would urge you, under normal circumstances, to always go for the window seat.

When you choose the window seat, you’ll have a harder time getting to the bathroom, but at least you won’t be the one being bothered every time by a seat mate who wants you to move so he can go to the bathroom. There is a wall on one side so, for the most part, you are insulated enough that you won’t be affected by other people’s behavior.

“You can create your own little space by the window,” says, psychologist and University of Washington professor Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D. The spot feels cozier, and you can rest a pillow against the wall for more comfy naps. “You can create a little bit of a home,” he says. But, the fact that the window seat allows you to watch breathtaking views outside of that window—that is what is most compelling.

Appreciating beauty in this world from the window seat.

As adults, we often miss the magical experience that is flying. You actually know you are an adult, someone jokingly said, when you no longer clamor for the window seat.

Without a doubt the world is a beautiful place, one that looks entirely different from up above. From stunning sunrises and sunsets, to awe-inspiring cityscapes and landscapes and mesmerizing cloud formations, the beauty from up there is boundless and magical. You’re invariably rewarded when you remember to look.

For instance, the views outside that window of the actual Rocky Mountains from 30,000-feet above sea level are infinitely better than watching an in-flight movie about the Rockies. What such majestic views bring to our lives, our perspectives and our outlooks is undeniably the stuff of dreams.

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If you don’t quite believe us, here are some pictures that give you more reasons why you should always ask for a window seat. These pictures will help you think about how much of life and beauty you’ll be missing out on when you forego the window seat or let your fear of flying overcome you.

1. The sunrises are spectacular from the skies.

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    In this photo, the early morning light illuminates Dusseldorf in a breathtaking new way, as seen from a window seat. Beautiful sight. (Photo credit: Florian Seiffert/Flickr.)

    2. And sunsets are pretty epic too.

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      As spectacular as sunrises are, sunsets are equally spectacular when viewed from the air. (Photo credit: Oblivious Dude/Flickr.)

      3. You could even see a rainstorm like this off in the distance.

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        Wow, just take a look at that rainstorm, as seen from this airplane window. It’s simply amazing. It puts everything into perspective in a breathtaking way. (Photo credit: Haley Luna/Flickr.)

        4. Or Chicago’s skyline reflected in Lake Michigan.

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          The Chicago skyline reflected in Lake Michigan, as seen from this airplane window, is rare and quite a spectacle to behold. (Photo credit: Mark Hersch | Twitter.)

          5. What of waterfalls in all their glory? Riveting!

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            Seeing the Kaieteur Falls, Guyana from the ground is majestic in its own right, but it’s an entirely different prospect to view it from the air. The scene is priceless. (Photo credit: Cody H /Flickr.)

            6. And seeing the highest point in Africa will leave you breathless.

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              There are few things in this world quite as awe-inspiring as seeing the gorgeous, snow covered Mount Kilimanjaro rising out of the ground from your plane window. What a sight! (Photo credit: Kyle Mijlof.)

              7. Enjoy front row views of an endless sea of clouds.

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                Seeing ordinary clouds up close in an entirely new way from the comfort of your window seat is such a pleasure. And just riding the clouds for miles on end, it’s spectacular. (Photo credit: Marj Stevens/Flickr.)

                8. Maybe you’ll see your first frozen lake.

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                  Occasionally, those by the window seat may see the whole expanse of Lake Mendota frozen from an airplane aerial view. How cool is that? That’s pretty cool. (Photo credit: Alan Wolf/Flickr.)

                  9. Or perhaps, you’ll see your first volcano.

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                  mount-taranaki-volcano-from-an-airplane-aerial-from-above

                    This picture of Mount Taranaki as seen from the airplane window, is nothing short of stunning. Wouldn’t you agree? (Photo credit: Jon Sullivan/Flickr.)

                    10. And even views of a sprawling metropolis are pretty memorable.

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                      When flying into one of New York City’s several airports, lucky travelers will get a gorgeous view of lower Manhattan. You won’t see views like these from the aisle. (Photo credit: Alamy stock photo.)

                      Featured photo credit: Linh Nguyen via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                      Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                      Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

                      Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

                      This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

                      The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard. Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

                      Curiosity

                      Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

                      People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

                      Patience

                      Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

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                      When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

                      Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

                      A Feeling for Connectedness

                      This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

                      A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

                      The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

                      With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

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                      1. Research

                      Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

                      Learning the Basics

                      Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

                      Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

                      What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

                      Hitting the Books

                      Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

                      Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

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                      Long-Term Reference

                      While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

                      My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

                      2. Practice

                      Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

                      A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

                      Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

                      3. Network

                      One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

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                      These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

                      Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

                      4. Schedule

                      For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

                      Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

                      Final Thoughts

                      In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

                      If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

                      At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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