I am sitting here on a winters evening all cozied up with a glass of wine and a blanket and just felt like writing a little something! It is also uni holidays at the moment which gives me a little bit of extra time.
I returned from the USA 3 days ago, I had a fantastic time! Although today I have experienced a tiny bit of holiday blues as reality is starting to hit, but that’s okay I am trying to stay positive!
But what I wanted to chat about was travel anxiety. This was my first time travelling internationally on my own and I’m not going to lie I was very anxious about it before I left. When I was a child I hated flying, it terrified me. The unknown about a how a big heavy metal object could stay in the sky used to blow my little mind! To this day I still don’t particularly enjoy getting on a plane, but I have found ways that help me get through it as my urge to travel was stronger than my fear.
If you are like me a struggle with flying, here are a few little tips that helped me get through the long flights…
- Download relaxing apps on your phone.
When I am trying to fall asleep on a plane, I don’t like listenting to the loud noises the plane is making so to drown them out it helps to put on a meditation app or a relaxing sound app with your headphones in, this also helps you zone out and not think about it too much!
- Ensure you pack little things in your bag to make the trip more enjoyable.
Although I usually try to eat the healthy majority of the time, it helped me to pack comfort snacks in my bag. On the way over I packed a bag of Maltesers, Pringles and Gummy Bears! This way I could look forward to watching movies on the plane with my snacks! It sounds odd but having little things to look forward to really helps.
- Chat with people on the plane.
Not everyone likes to be chatted to randomly so I guess pick the vibe of the people you do chat to, but if I start to get a little on edge, it’s nice to get out of my seat and walk around. Usually, there are people also up and about stretching. Ask where they are from and where they are travelling too, you may meet some interesting people, it also passes some time!
- Purchase that expensive neck pillow!
Last year when I went to Europe, the entire way over I refused to buy the expensive $40 microfibre neck pillow as I thought I wouldn’t need it, but after discovering how uncomfy sitting on a plane for 14 hours + is, I decided to make the purchase. Having a comfy neck pillow that allows you to get at least a few hours of shut-eye is totally worth it, I was very thankful for mine over the past few weeks.
5. Alert your airline you are travelling on your own.
On the way over to LA, I let the lady know at check-in that I was travelling on my own and was a little nervous. She was able to find me a row towards the back of the plane that was empty, so I was able to have a full row to myself. This was great as it meant I could lie down (I mean being bumped to business class would have been more ideal but you can only hope!) even though this doesn’t always change anything, it is still always worth mentioning.
Overall, I was super proud of myself that I didn’t let my anxiety stop me from doing something amazing.
I hope that if you are like me, and flying makes you anxious, these little tips help you!
Until next time,