I love to travel! Okay, well I LOVE the destinations but the journey is always stressful for me. This is mostly because my travel is international and requires flying on an airplane. There has never been anything exciting to me about speeding around 30,000 feet off the ground in a metal contraption. Maybe if I had paid more attention in Physics or Chemistry, I would understand how a plane can even stay in the air. Anyway, if you are like me, don’t let your fear of flying keep you from seeing the world. It’s absolutely beautiful out there…Check out my three tips for nervous fliers below!
Tip #1- Inflight Essentials
I always pack a tote full of goodies that help pass the time and keep my mind off the clouds. I pack my favorite candy, iPad or tablet loaded with movies and books, noise cancelling headphones and soothing music, guide book for destination (keep focused the vacay ahead), mini-toiletry kit, and comfy travel pillow.
Hint: Check out the Kindle app for Amazon and search by price to find free books!
Tip #2- First Class, How Fancy!
Air travel is a busy industry. If you have a flexible schedule and you’re on an overbooked flight. Always volunteer to take a later flight and ask to be upgraded to Business or First Class. Airplanes seem so much cooler when you get to lie down and watch Netflix for 10 hours. Binge watching Friends makes time go by so fast! We all love discussing whether or not Ross and Rachel were on a break. It doesn’t hurt to dress professionally for the flight either, might help your upgrade chances.
Tip #3- It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere…
After dealing with the madness that is security, sashay your way over to the bar and buy an extremely overpriced margarita or two. It can take the edge off and make you feel less nervous. Exercise moderation darling, unless you want to end up like me on my 2014 flight to Vegas. I don’t remember any turbulence on the flight or anything else for that matter. If all else fails and you are still contemplating bolting out of the airport, have a backup plan. I now travel (especially on long international flights) with a low dose of anti-anxiety medication that my doctor prescribes for flying. It allows you to still be alert and focused without feeling drowsy. Never mix these with alcohol so pick your destress strategy beforehand.
Flying is statistically incredibly safe and the chances of being involved in a fatal crash are about 1 in 3 million! So go see the world! Let me know in the comments where your next destination is!
My go-to travel bag is my Louis Vuitton Neverfull that I splurged on a couple years ago. I linked a couple of great totes below as alternatives.