Travel anxiety is becoming more and more common in the 21st century world. Fear of flying is one of the most prevalent travel anxieties, with 1 in every 6 adults suffering from “aviophobia.” Surprisingly, even 35 percent of airline crew members – which includes flight attendants and pilots – have some degree of fear of flying. Not all fears of flying are created equal; some people are afraid of enclosed spaces, alarming noises, heights, crashes, crowds, lack of control, or terrorism.
The fear of flying can be difficult to shake, despite airplanes being the second safest mode of mass transportation in the world. Believe it or not, the only safer “modes of mass transportation” are the escalator and elevator. The chance that you’ll be a victim of an airplane accident is about 1 in 11 million, whereas the chance you’ll be involved in a fatal car crash is 1 in 5000. By far, the most dangerous part of your next flight is the drive to the airport!
It seems like the saying, “you have nothing to fear but fear itself” is quite true.
Whatever the severity, here are some ways to beat down your flying fears:
1. Be An Early Bird
Less rushing in the airport will keep you calmer from the moment you leave your house to the moment you touch down at your destination.
2. Strategically Choose Flights and Seats
If possible, choose large aircrafts and a front-of-the-plane seat where you won’t feel as much turbulence. Moreover, some people with flying anxiety prefer the aisle seat so they feel less cramped and can easily walk the aisle as needed.
3. Drink Water, Not Caffeine
Although caffeine can help wake you up for an early flight, you may want to opt out if flights make you nervous. Caffeine can kick in the shakes even more!
4. Lighthearted Entertainment
Ditch the thrillers or action movies on the plane and choose a comedy or a “Hallmark Classic.” If you’re not a movie person, read a lighthearted book that will keep you distracted.
5. Create a Favorite Playlist
Keep yourself distracted from any startling aircraft noises with your favorite jams.
6. Reminder: Fear is Not Danger
Think about America’s most common fears: fear of public speaking, heights, bugs, drowning, blood, small spaces, and flying. Most of these are pretty harmless. Reminding yourself that fear is not danger can help you feel less nervous and more confident.
7. Let There Be Air!
Opening the little air vents above your seat can help you feel less claustrophobic.
8. Become an Airplane Expert
Understanding what all those funny airplane noises are, what causes turbulence, and what makes airplanes fly can help you feel less anxious about your flight. There are websites like http://www.guidetopsychology.com/fearfly_menu.htm that are geared toward combating flying fears.
9. Take a Flying Lesson
Become a real flying expert by taking a flying lesson or two. It might give you a sense of control that you hadn’t experienced before.
10. Seek Out Professional Help
Sometimes the fear of flying can manifest itself in ways that are unmanageable. Getting help from a therapist, counselor, or doctor can allow you to travel without hesitation.
Travel anxieties can be lessened by working with your travel advisor and Travel Insured to plan a more stress-free trip. Find the travel protection plan for you by visiting www.travelinsured.com.