1. wesley
    June 10, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    Gear tips, i will definitly use them.

  2. Jim
    May 9, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Drinking is the key. I have learned it in our first flight from Bucharest to London. An English guy got 7 bottles of beer. It was a 3 hours flight. On Heathrow he was a lion indeed. On our flight back we had red wine from the British Airways. What? Fear? No way. It was a funny flight. :)))

  3. Julio Moreno
    May 6, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    Whoa, crazy, I thought I had a fear of flying, but now I see it is just a minor problem. I would definitely not take a 12 hour bus over a 2 hour flight.

    It is great to see you can fight it in your own way though. Great job.

  4. Shan Jeniah Burton
    April 27, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    I so get this!

    I’ve flown exactly twice – from Las Vegas to Upstate New York and back again, when my husband and I got married.

    I’ve driven cross country three times. That was much better. =)

    I love your suggestions – if I have to fly in the future, I’ll try some of these.

    • Andrew
      April 29, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

      Next you should try the train across country. Not that it will be any better, but certainly different.
      It helps to have a reason for the flight. Well all flights have some reason, but one that you are looking forward to heavily enough to deal with whtever the uncomfortableness of the flight offers.

  5. Heike
    April 18, 2014 @ 1:49 am

    Hi Andrew,
    my daughter is fearful of flying because of a very frightening flight experience. I found these short videos for her online, and it seemed to have helped her a bit. Take a look here: http://www.fearofflying.com/free-video/
    They talk about turbulences as well. Great info!
    I hope it helps, Heike

  6. Michelle
    March 21, 2014 @ 12:19 am

    Great post! It’s nice to know how differently everyone copes with the fear of flying 🙂 I’m not scared of flying anymore (although after that disappearing airplane maybe I should be haha), but when I was really young, I had all sorts of things to comfort me, like bringing my favourite *lucky* stuffed animal, or even a small bible even though I’m not religious haha.

    • Andrew
      March 23, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

      Thanks. I remember bringing stuffed animals as a kid too. Somehow just something to hold onto helped as the plane moves about.

  7. Gillian
    March 14, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    I also have come a long way in overcoming my fear of flying. There was a time (during our RTW) when I would take drugs AND drink. Somehow I have talked myself out of most of it – mostly from using techniques such as you do. I like the counting one; I’m a natural counter so this would work well for me. As I’m sitting in the Toronto airport right now waiting to board a flight to Chicago, I will have time soon enough to put this one into practice!!

    • Andrew
      March 23, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

      The point of the counting for me seems to be counting backwards. It requires a bit more brainpower and has a “foreseeable” end of 0 even if I never let myself get that far. I have done alcohol and drugs once, but at a lower dose of the drugs. I still get anxious about it all, but I can fly as needed.
      Glad you got over it. Look forward to hanging with you guys this side of the pond.