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Tips for travel lovers who have a fear of flying


Traveling is one of those amazing experiences that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new people can do something for the soul that few other things can. But what about those who have a fear of flying? For some, the fear can be so bad that it prevents them from ever entering a plane, and therefore, never traveling. For those who love to travel but have a fear of flying, you have come to the right place. Here are some great tips to ease those fears.

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Pre-flight Preparations

Research

Take some time to thoroughly research today’s modern aircraft and take special note of how safe they actually are. It’s no secret that statistically, flying is far safer than driving.

Book an aisle seat

Sitting by the window can make someone feel claustrophobic and exacerbate an already tense situation for themselves. Keep to an aisle seat where there is easy access to get up and move around the cabin. Not sitting by the window will also alleviate stress for those who are fearful of heights.

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Avoid the media

Watching movies about aircraft failure and reading or watching news clips of plane crashes isn’t going to help at all. In fact, this will only make matters worse by playing tricks on the mind and introducing more anxiety. In the weeks building up to the flight, avoid all news and films to do with flying.

At the airport

Arrive early to avoid a rush that would trigger stress responses and result in more anxiety. Once checked in and through security, find a comfortable spot in one of the airport lounges. These places often serve drinks and light snacks while offering beautiful sofas to relax on while waiting to board. Coming away from the bustle of the airport and into quieter surroundings will only aid in relaxation.

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Once onboard

Congratulations on making it this far. Take solace in knowing that now there is no turning back. Getting on the plane is actually the hardest part. To help keep the anxiety away during the flight, there are several things that can be done. Getting to know the flight crew is number one. Make it a priority to find out the names of those who will be assisting on the flight. The attendants make these flights every day, take note of how calm they are. Listening to music is the second item. What better way to kick back and relax than with our favorite tracks? Make sure that the iPod, phone, or tablet is fully charged to last the full flight. Having some great apps loaded to occupy the mind isn’t a bad idea either. For severe cases of anxiety, consider a relaxation and meditation app. Remember to breathe and avoid caffeine for a more relaxed flight.

For extreme cases

When all else fails, it might be a good idea to go see a professional. Sometimes the fear of flying can be so deep-set that it is in fact, a phobia. Find a licensed therapist or counselor who can help figure out the cause of the fear and thus, help to find a solution. As a last resort, consider some other forms of therapy to ease away that anxiety and let the flight be an enjoyable one.

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