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Old 11-24-2017, 12:22 PM
 
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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.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:35 PM
 
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No, I actually find that the older I get, the less tolerant I am of extended periods in the car. I get antsy and restless. I’d much rather fly than drive.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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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.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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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.
Yes, very well said. I'm certainly not suggesting that I'm going to give up flying, as I love traveling way too much, but I become more and more of a nervous flyer every year. Used to only be bothered by really bad turbulence/small planes and now even on a 737 when we have sustained periods of bumpiness I keep thinking that the plane is going to fall out of the sky.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Yes, very well said. I'm certainly not suggesting that I'm going to give up flying, as I love traveling way too much, but I become more and more of a nervous flyer every year. Used to only be bothered by really bad turbulence/small planes and now even on a 737 when we have sustained periods of bumpiness I keep thinking that the plane is going to fall out of the sky.
Have you considered taking some kind of sedative or relaxant before you fly?
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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Have you considered taking some kind of sedative or relaxant before you fly?
Yes I take a klonopin before flying. It helps but if there is any level of moderate turbulence I still feel very uncomfortable.
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I like flying but hate travelling.


Figure that out.
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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No, I actually find that the older I get, the less tolerant I am of extended periods in the car. I get antsy and restless. Id much rather fly than drive.
Agree. I sometimes dislike flying, but lately I pretty much always hate driving. \_(ツ)_/
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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I'm the same way. When I was younger flying didn't bother me. Heck I was in the AF back then. But as I've gotten older, it's to the point that I just hate flying. The whole experience. The bumps and turbulence don't bother me as much as the cramped seat, waits, security, wait some more, no food. I mean back in the day it wasn't gourmet food, but you got a reasonable meal. Now you don't even get peanuts.
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Old 11-24-2017, 03:09 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I used to love flying, both small air taxi type trips as well as commercial carrier flights. The whole idea of what "flying" means was a lot of it. Seeing the earth from above, aviation technology, the navigation, etc. And, I am pretty easy to please. Most of what enrages other travelers doesn't matter to me. Not too fussy about amenities other than a decent seat. But these days I find myself avoiding travel just because of the need to fly....the whole misery of air travel, crowding, security threats and being pretty helpless, accidents, missed connections and schedule messes, dealing with other people, all of it.

There is one travel adventure on my "list". Its a complex one to arrange and has its environmental risks. I am finding that the main reason I don't go ahead and book it is the air travel necessary. At this point not sure if I'll ever get past that.
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