1. Off to the Wild Blue Yonder » Grounded Traveler - Expat Adventures in Germany
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    […] through Christmas and New Years. So we planned for me to come down and meet her. So again the frightened-of-flying guy is getting on a flight again. This time it will be the longest flight I will have ever been on, […]

  2. jade
    July 4, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    love conquers fears… so true. I have done tons of things I was so scared of because of it!

  3. Erica
    June 29, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    Drugs for the win! It is so cute that you are willing to do this for Ali. You rock my socks.

    • Andrew
      July 2, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

      Better living through chemistry then? Ali means the world to me. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Laurel
    June 28, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Congrats on your wedding! I hope Ali is enjoying living in Freiburg. I’m lucky that I’m not afraid of flying, but I know a lot of people who are. Interesting about all the options at the airport bar, but I guess it makes sense and a drink or two, really can take the edge off.

    • Andrew
      July 2, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

      Thanks for the congrats. Ali will be here in a week. She is finishing up a few things in the US before coming. When she gets here we should think about a SW Germany tweetup.

  5. Jeremy Branham
    June 24, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Facing these fears can’t be easy. However, I think you have grown and learned more about yourself in this process. And I think you will agree, taking these flights is well worth it!

    I have to admit I am not the most easy going flier. I can get stressed out over turbulence. However, I don’t panic and don’t fear flying. I guess I am somewhere in between. Ironically, I really enjoyed flying to and from Vancouver. It was such a great flight, an easy flight, I got some work done, and it was nice to be on a plane again. Don’t think I’ve enjoyed a flight that much in a long time.

    • Andrew
      June 25, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

      Congrats on enjoying that flight. Maybe you were just looking forward to seeing us at TBEX. 😉

  6. Sabrina
    June 23, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Not grossed out at all 🙂 I think your story is super cute guys!

    Congrats on making it through all the flights without bigger problems. They’re just a way to get were you wanna go faster and will make your (travel) life so much easier. Especially since the inner-European low-cost companies have great offers from time to time!

    • Andrew
      June 25, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

      The thunderstorm coming home was the worst part of the whole flying thing. Unfortunately when it really is that bouncy, noone is around to get you a beer. If I had seen flight attendants being calm, I would have been calmer myself. Not to mention the drink.
      Yeah, we have been looking at all the places you can get to within an hour or two from Basel.

      • Sabrina
        June 29, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

        Thunderstorms make me feel weird too on planes… I heard though that no plane has ever had problems because of turbulence which is what I keep telling myself whenever it starts getting shaky while intensly focusing on my TV series on my netbook 🙂 Have fun looking for for new destinations from Basel!

        • Andrew
          July 2, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

          That is interesting Sabrina, I will have to ask one of our pilot friends. Though maybe better not and just attempt to believe it anyway. I am so totally with you about letting the TV absorb my attention for as long as possible until the shaking stops.

  7. Ali
    June 23, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    I am so incredibly proud of you for facing your fear time and time again. I know flying will never be fun for you, but I’m glad you now know you can do it. It will make seeing the world so much easier, and soon it will just be that annoying thing you have to do before you get to see something amazing. Or the annoying thing you have to do before you get back to your own comfy bed. Thank you for flying to the States so we could get married here. I love you! (Anyone grossed out yet?)

    • Andrew
      June 25, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

      Thank you my love. 🙂