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What I do when I get nervous onboard

I’m not afraid of flying but naturally, even I get a bit worried when the plane starts shaking and bouncing. But I’ve now taught myself a couple of tricks to stay calm when it happens.

The air above Madrid is often bumpy so it’s not usual for the plane to drop and shake when you fly there. It was especially turbulent the last time I went there. As you can probably gather, I’ve no particular fear of flying. But on the times I’ve still been afraid, it’s when I think the plane is going to fall apart. 

This was how it felt that time. Before boarding, we had been informed there was some electronics problem with the aircraft. Once airborne, the plane’s nose seemed to point upwards all the time which made me think we were still climbing even though we were already pretty high up. That was when I started to think there was something seriously wrong. However, things calmed down after about 80 minutes in the air. The landing approach went really well and I realized I’d been worrying totally unnecessarily. 

Back on the ground, I googled a bit and learnt that it's completely normal for the nose of the plane to be a bit higher during the entire flight. So, I now know that if it happens again, there’s no need to worry. 

When we encounter more than usual turbulence, I usually simply pause the movie/podcast, lean back and let the plane rock me forward and back. If that doesn’t help, I've got a couple of other tricks up my sleeve to quell any fear.
Step 1: Think that the pilot flying the plane would never sit down behind the controls if they didn't feel totally safe. 
Step 2: Check the Flight Crew, if they’re calm, that’s good enough for me. 
Step 3: Picture the turbulence in the air as like a boat bobbing in the sea. As the boat breaks the waves, it moves up and down a bit.
Step 4: It's always worth googling (when you’re back on the ground) to check what you were worried about. Everything is much safer than you think.  

Canvas bags

Despite being very roomy, they can be rolled into a tiny ball. Brilliant for traveling.

When announcements on a domestic flight are in the local language only

It’s not always easy to understand what they say over the loudspeakers if you don’t speak the local language. 

A rebooking pro

Needed to make a couple of changes to a winter trip and as I wanted to change two bookings at the same time (one with SAS and one with Amex), I used two phones, so I could communicate with both at the same time. Despite the two different languages, it worked out well. 

January 07, 2019

Secret Traveler

Age: 31
EuroBonus level: Diamond
No. of times around the world by air: 20
Total time in the air per year: 1,6 weeks (3%)
No. of countries visited: 34
Most frequent destinations: ARN, LHR/LCY, OSL, DPS
Favorite destination: The Ligurian coast
Never leaves home without: Noise Canceling Headphones (Bose QC35) and Passport

I’m an entrepreneur in Europe with the entire world as my workplace. It’s lucky I love traveling as I spend much of my working day on the move as well as my leisure time - there’s so much to see and new people to meet.

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