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Scared of flying...and going travelling!!

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1. Posted by Felton7 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I'm not sure if this topic has been covered already but i couldn't find anything!

I am going travelling in January for about 6 months, in this time i will be taking in SE Asia, Bali, Australia, Fiji and L.A - in total i will have 7 flights the only problem i have is that i am absolutely petrified of flying!!:(

I dread getting on a plane and cant relax the whole time i am on it... i am determined not to let this spoil my trip but if anyone had any advice i would really appreciate it.

Any tips for flying, advice etc would be most appreciated!

Thank you in advance,


2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I won't mention the buses in SEA so... they are much worse. Seriously don't let it get on top of you. If it helps write a blog, let loose you anxieties. That helps believe me I berated a certain European bus company on my blog and it felt a lot better.

Take an mp3 player with you on the flight and listen to some music, it will help put your mind elsewhere.

OR, a little secret I learned to pass time is to download a learn another language mp3. When you are on board, tell the flight attendants you are anxious about flying. Some of the better attendants will often check on you, and having some friendly contact is good.

Turn on your language learning (or music) mp3 and loose yourself in that world. That's why I like the language learning thing. IT helps you to concentrate on something else.

A book can also help if you prefer to read.

The statistics are still in your favor for flying over land. With seven flights you should at least be fluent in Fijian by the time you get there!!

Hope this helps

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Lavender essential oil is amazing for calming nerves. You could probably get away with taking a small bottle with you on the flight, but if not soak a handkerchief in it and keep in in a sealed bag. Then just sniff as needed.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I have friends who have been prescribed Valium for fear of flying, where it was a genuine phobia. Obviously you'd only take this route if it were really serious, and you'd have to check out the potential medical consequences, but I'm raising it for info. I can vouch for the fact that it works (having travelled with a 'before' and 'after' case).

5. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Not sure if you've booked your tickets yet, but if you haven't... you could try going by boat or travelling overland. Sometimes it's possible to book a cabin on a freighter ship. It's a much slower way of getting around, but I'm sure you'd meet some interesting people.

This guy travelled around the world with his partner, without ever setting foot in a plane.


[ Edit: Edited on Aug 7, 2008, at 1:53 AM by dr.pepper ]

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The only real way is to have a few alcoholic drinks before you get on the plane. Dutch courage works wonders.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I was also going to suggest not flying. It's worked for me!

8. Posted by jamez1912 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


ive only been on a flight once and i admit i shit it, even though it was only for 2 hours

ive got a 10 hour to Vancouver in november to look forward to and i will mst definetly have a drink or two before i fly, i suppose the way i see it is im getting the f**k out of my country and have so much to do and people to meet i suppose it cancels any flight fears out..

well im no seasoned traveller, but ive got to the point to where if i dont do it now, i never will

roll on november and happy travelling to ya :)

9. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Any docs in the UK will write you up a prescription for xanax or sweet valley highs

10. Posted by writergrrl (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

May I suggest, "fake it till you make it'.
Basically, tell yourself that you love to fly. Tell everyone else you do. Act like you do. Then one's true! Just don't let your fear make your decisions for you or you'll end up with huge regrets one day.