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Tips for reducing stress while flying.


I know a lot of people are stressed out by flying.  One of my colleagues refused to fly for twenty years because of the sense of fear and panic it induced.  If he couldn't drive or take the train to a destination, he didn't go. He's more or less overcome that "handicap" with a combination of therapy, alcohol and Xanax, although he still doesn't enjoy the air journey.  Last year he actually became a million mile frequent flyer -- wonders sometimes never cease. 

I'm not one who gets anxious about flying -- if I am nervous it's about the preparations leading up to travel (making sure things are squared away at work, home and on the website, doing trip research, packing, etc).  The weeks and days leading up to a trip are often very busy.  When I get on the plane, I actually relax because I have some rare personal time where I can do what I want to. 

I came across this piece recently which lays out a number of pointers on ways to reduce the anxiety of flying.  Most of these make sense.  I wonder if anyone else has other stress-reducing tips to share?

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie


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