After all the stress and worry that came with buying a house and moving, D and I knew we needed to take a vacation and get away from reality for a while. It was very important to me that we do this, and throughout the whole process of moving, I kept saying that at the end, we would plan our trip. We knew we would be going back to our favorite vacation destination, the one we try to make it to every year: Disney World. About 2 weeks ago, Disney released information about their free meal plan deal for the exact time frame we were looking at going, and we immediately jumped at the chance and booked our trip. We’ll be going in late fall, and I can’t wait!
However, this does bring up some unresolved anxieties: Over the past few years and several trips to Florda and one to Vegas, I’ve become VERY uneasy about flying. To be fair, I’ve had some very bad flights recently, and I think they’ve somewhat traumatized me. On our first trip to Disney in 2011, the trip there was completely uneventful and easy, however on the return trip to Boston, we had very bad turbulence the entire time. We flew over multiple lightning storms (you could see the lightning below us out the window of the plane! So freaky) and to make matters worse, I had a horrible cold and as a result, my ears felt like they were going to explode from all the ups and downs the plane was experiencing.
In 2012 we went to Vegas. Again the return trip was particularly nasty. On takeoff, the plane was shaking and bobbing so much that other people on the plane were swearing and freaking out. It was so bad that one of the cabinet doors in the back of the plane (probably one that led to a closet) was slamming back and forth. I was so freaked out, and we still had 5 hours to go at that point.
And the rest of the flights during those years, while not quite so traumatic, were still no picnic. At this point, I think I can safely say that I have a fear of flying. There’s nothing I hate more than that dropping feeling (hence, why I avoid roller coasters like the plague) and anytime turbulence is a possibility, I start to feel like I’m on a rollercoaster where you can’t see the track. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but that’s what it’s come to.
Strangely, I remember that as a kid, I had no fear when it came to planes. When my family and I went to Florida when I was 13, I kept a journal for most of the trip. Part of it was written on the plane, and I distinctly remember reading one sentence I had written back then about how the turbulence on the plane was the “fun part” and that I couldn’t understand why my mother was freaking out.
I guess you could say that times have changed – drastically.
The flight to Florida is only about 2 hours and 45 minutes, so technically it shouldn’t be that bad. I know the excitement of going on vacation will overpower my fear until the time comes when we arrive at the airport. Thank goodness for Jetblue and their in-seat TVs, which is the only thing that can distract me while we’re in the air.
Has anyone else experienced a fear of flying? Any tips to get over this fear??