How to Cope with Flight Anxiety

For me the music playlist is the best thing when it comes to soothing nerves on a flight.

Odyssey of Inspiration

I remember the first time I went on a plane. I was 10 years old traveling to Ames, Iowa from my hometown of Buffalo for a school competition. My mother gave me a piece of gum and the flight attendant gave me a set of wings. I didn’t flinch. Over time, I have developed a fear of flying. It started with a really rough landing in Boston during a huge wind storm. My family was flying back from a trip in Ireland and my cousin (who was used to flying on a weekly basis) peed his pants thanks to his knowledge of emergency procedures. The next year, I had a rough flight home from Germany due to a family emergency. It’s been steady downhill since then.

Whenever I tell someone that I have an acute fear of flying, they are shocked. “How do you go on so many trips if…

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