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SLEEP in LONDON to break up the flight from San Diego to CAPE TOWN?

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Have you flown from San Diego (or LAX) to Cape Town via London? Do you think it's less stressful to fly all the way and get it over with? Or is it less stressful to stopover in London, and sleep 2 nights in London?

Flying makes me anxious, although I love to travel, so I put up with it. I hate airports, security lines, and feeling confined on long flights. I have mild claustrophobia, which doesn't help. My hip also gets stiff and uncomfortable with too much sitting. The longest flight I've ever taken is the 12-hour flight to New Zealand from LAX. So the flights from San Diego to Cape Town, South Africa are causing me considerable anxiety! We are ready to book our flights.

I thought perhaps if we flew from San Diego to London, then spent 2 nights in London, that would break up the flights. Then after 2 nights in London there would be the long flight from London to Cape Town.

My husband is pretty sure he has enough points to upgrade us to business class. We have never flown business class, so I'm sure that will help! We have always flown in the economy seats.

This is my first trip to South Africa. I have been to London once for 4 nights, and loved it, enroute from Krakow to LAX. We stopped in London for 4 nights. But I also spent 1 night in London enroute from LAX to Prague, and that turned out to be a bad choice. One night in London near the airport wasn't fun at all, and didn't really give me enough time to relax between flights.

I'd love to hear your advice and experiences! Thanks.

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