So far, I’ve only got Iceland booked for 2018, but I’m sure that I’ll get a few more trips in before the end of the year to increase the 31% of Europe that I’ve covered to somewhere a bit closer to 50%.
I have a fear of flying, which sounds stupid, even to me, considering I went on 22 flights in the last 12 months, but it was weird. When I went to Bordeaux, I literally decided when I sat on the plane that I wasn’t scared of flying, and that flight and a few flights following it were great, it was like riding a bus. However, I generally fly with RyanAir, on the same plane a Boeing 737-800, but on the way back from Prague, we were with EasyJet, on a different plane, an Airbus, and they may not seem to different, but they are. As we were descending, I just went white, silent and started sweating – I was frozen, and my friend was trying to talk to me, but I was ignoring him as I was too terrified to speak. I vividly remember why, and I blame the flight attendant as what he did was ridiculous. For no reason, he decided to say, as we were descending quickly, over the tannoy, “Remember, in the case of an emergency landing, please do not take your hand luggage.” Why would you just say that out of the blue? After he said this, all of the attendants started fussing about, calling each other, going into the cockpit and being really jumpy. It took me about 20 minutes to calm down, and the fear literally disappeared when I saw the same attendant cleaning the toilet door handles, as my brain said, why would you clean a toilet door handle if you knew we were going to crash. So from this, I’ve now become terrified of flying again, even on short flights to Dublin, which are not much longer than 30 minutes.
I have decided that in 2018 I’ll conquer the fear again, and during the last 3 or 4 flights, it has got better, but then randomly during the flight, I’ll just become terrified. I’ve heard hypnosis works, but I’m not sure it’d work on me, however, I will give it a go as I want to go back to America soon, and there’s no chance you’ll get me on a flight for that long anytime soon. I plan on going to Antarctica at some point, but for this, you need to fly to Argentina, and that’s not going to happen with this fear.