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Old 11-27-2017, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I don't care for flying, I've called it "plane jail" for as long as I can remember because it's just a boring and uncomfortable way to travel. I guess I might feel differently if I could afford to fly business or first class! lol! But in many cases, it's the only way to get to where you want to go, esp. if you have to take the amount of time available for traveling into consideration.

When I retire, I could see doing more domestic travel by train, I find that a more pleasant experience because you can get up and walk around and enjoy the scenery out the window.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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I admit that I haven't read through this entire thread. But does ANYBODY really LOVE to fly anymore????? At best, I think most people tolerate it or do it out of necessity.

And everyone's level of what they will tolerate or what they consider necessary is variable.

We've enjoyed the trains in Europe and tolerated them in a few other countries. We went from Raleigh to Manhattan a few weeks ago. DH had never been on Amtrak so he basically insisted that we "try" it. As much as I knew this was a bad idea, I gave in. Both of us were damn glad that we were flying home.
*raises hand*

I love it. Coach domestic is fine. Business or first international is fine. In the flight deck when it's really full is uncomfortable, but at least I'm pointing in the right direction.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Has anyone ever flown Skycouch? Does it make the plane trip bearable?
Not if I'm paying the credit card bill.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:09 AM
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As I've gotten older, my passion for travel has only increased. I absolutely love exploring the country and the world with my wife and young daughter, and we plan vacations 6 months in advance so we almost always have something booked that we can look forward to. Although we certainly don't have the time or the money to be on the road all the time, we usually take 2 flying vacations per year, and I've probably been on 100 plus airplane rides in my lifetime.

In recent years, however, I feel like I'm becoming more and more of a nervous flier, to the point that turbulence really bothers me and I pretty much cannot fly without taking a mild sedative. Anyone else in the same boat? If so, do you have any advice? I try to fly on larger airplanes whenever possible, but I'm having a really hard time not getting nervous on planes.
Yup. I’ve been this way my entire life. I love traveling, but I only tolerate flying...and that’s because I take a Xanax when I fly.

I used to not fly at all (because of extreme fear), so I’m doing really well, overall. My fear comes from a fear of heights and the idea of falling from such extreme heights.

I fly like 3 or 4 times a year, sometimes more—and usually long-haul.

Turbulence bugs me, and it probably always will. To get through, I just focus on my breathing while relaxing every part of my body, and I try to stay in the reality of the situation. That reality is that nothing bad is happening, so there’s no need to worry about what could be. (I also say a little prayer before boarding, if that’s your thing.)

I will say, OP, that when I’ve allowed myself to relax and enjoy the (non-turbulent) flight, it’s actually pretty amazing and beautiful. I do love looking out the window and taking pictures. (Flying in window seats makes me more comfortable than flying in aisle seats.)
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:21 AM
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Doesn't anyone worry about another 9/11?
Nah, I donít.

I worry more about mechanical issues.

Also, a couple of things that calm my totally irrational anxiety:

I automatically feel better when children are on the plane. I donít even know why, but I always relax when I see kids will be with me.

Also, I pretty much hold my breath until the seatbelt light goes off in-flight. Once that light goes off, I take an audible breath. Haha!
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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Doesn't anyone worry about another 9/11?
Not one bit. I was back in the air two weeks after 9/11 and have flown a few hundred times since then.
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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I hate flying, but realize it is something I have to endure to get to where we want to go. A necessary evil.
this describes me perfectly. Simply too many places I want to see that require flying so I tolerate it.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:47 PM
 
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I was military, too and was super comfortable on military flights. Commercial flights? I'm not secure with flying commercial but there's not much choice when there aren't 6 days of drive time built into the vacation.
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Old 11-29-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I was military, too and was super comfortable on military flights. Commercial flights? I'm not secure with flying commercial but there's not much choice when there aren't 6 days of drive time built into the vacation.
What it's like to fly military? comparable to business class?
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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I avoid flying in bad weather, then take Dramamine and try to sleep.
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