With the annual Hubby/Wifey (and baby on the way) adventure planned, payed, and (partially) packed for, there is only one thing left to do…(gulp)…FLY!
I have traveled on air planes since I was less than three years old. I used to find it thrilling, however after a few maintenance issues and troubling flight misadventures, flying seems now to be a necessary evil that I must overcome every few months! To make matters worse, dear hubby is not to keen on flying himself. We are a pretty sight to be seen right before boarding time I am afraid!
I can’t be the only one out there with a semi-irrational fear of flying!? Being the teacher that I am, I firmly believe that knowledge is power, so naturally I have turned to the web to gain some tips/tools/and strategies to combat my case of cold feet when it comes to flight.
1. Budget Travel: Cockpit Confidential: Insider Secrets and Tips From and Airline Pilot
2. Budget Travel: Fear of Flying?
3. Budget Travel: Does Knowing More About Planes Help, or Is Ignorance Bliss?
4. Budget Travel: The Strange Rituals Things People Do to Beat The Fear of Flying.
5. Budget Travel: Ten Tips to Combat Flight Anxiety
What I learned:
- 25% of travelers claim to have a fear of flying.
- I feel better about myself knowing that the editor in chief of Budget Travel Magazine herself is fearful of flying!
- If you find yourself in turbulence, close your eyes and imagine you are on the back of school bus driving down a dirt road.
- Bring a photo or guide book of your destination and focus on the end result!
- If you are really scared your are going to freak out mid-flight, let your flight attendant know your a little fearful at the very beginning of the flight, not when you start to go ape…
- PRAY!!!! (You should probably be doing this already…We all should be doing a lot more of this I am afraid…)
And if all of these tips don’t work….there is always Valium!
The count down is on…Seattle on Saturday and Alaska on Sunday!