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Top tips for nervous flyers!



(Cath Kidston travel wallet, Gandy’s x Oasis flipflops- 10% of all sales go to Orphans for Orphans- an amazing cause, ASOS hat, Taylor Morris Sunglasses, Fuji Film camera)

Despite the fact I travel a fair bit, I’m definitely what you’d describe as a ‘nervous traveller’- they don’t call me Nervous Purvis’ for nothing ; ) I’ve gotten so much better in the last year, but tell crying-on-a-plane-Liv of two years ago that she’d be flying more than once a year and she’d have had a good old chuckle at you…

I’m not sure what it is exactly that makes me so anxious before flights- I’m not afraid of heights, not really claustrophobic- but for as long as I can remember getting on a plane has been a bit of a palaver (this sounds like a bit of a case for the Speakmans, doesn’t it)? Fortunately, I’ve picked up a handful of tips that have helped keep this gal calm in the air, so hopefully if they are any other Nervous Purvis’ out there too they can help you have a relaxing trip too. Holidays are meant to be chilled after all!

Get planning ahead…
One of the things that makes travelling a whole lot more relaxing is planing ahead. Whether that means downloading CityMapper (app of the year, every year) and working out the quickest and most calm route to the airport, or booking a taxi in advance- it makes such a difference when you know the getting there part has been seen to. Before we went to New York, Joe and I used Blacklane to book a cab to the airport- which was the most easiest and smoothest process (as well as a super quick journey)! On top of booking your route, it allows you to estimate how much the journey will cost so you can budget effectively too! A big thumbs up from me, plus the cars are super plush- so you can catch some Z’s too.

Allow plenty of time…
There is nothing worse than arriving at an airport with no time to spare. Thankfully, I’ve been surrounded by family who live by the ‘let’s get there three hours early!’ rule- meaning I’m nearly always there with time to eat and explore a little- which definitely makes things more relaxed. I’d always rather have more time than less, so just make sure you have time to allow for any shopping, eating or toilet-ing you fancy doing (TMI?)

Pack everything and anything…
Within reason and the 150ml liquid limit too, obvs. What I mean by this- is just to pack enough to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the flight, even if they’re things you might not even use. Cheap weekly quick-read distraction magazine? Check. Bottle of water? Check. Kalms, Immodium and any other tablets in case of emergencies? Check. Headphones? Check. Passport? Duh. But trust me, always double check for your passport. I have left it at home before, and I can assure you, it wasn’t a fun moment- always double check ladies and gents- it’s not always inside that passport case! I also like to take a small bottle of lavender oil to keep calm, and if I’m trying to catch some Z’s a sleep mask too!

Try and be productive…
This won’t go for everyone, as there have been times where all I’ve wanted to do is shut my eyes and not talk to anyone, but if you’re feeling relaxed the distraction of productivity can be a sweet one. Leave blog posts to write, pictures to edit or even have articles up and ready to tackle. You’d be surprised what lack of wifi- and access to the Daily Mail can do for one’s creative levels.

Hit the app store…
One of the things lots of people on Twitter suggested before I went on a US flight was to download certain apps that were known to help keep things relaxed. A few of the favourites were Headspace, Companion and Calm. They can really help with breathing, which is so important if you’re feeling a little bit anxious and panicky too.

‘They do this all the time!’…
If in doubt- talk to the air hostesses! I know it’s a cliche, but they really do do this all of the time, meaning it’s not unusual for them to see nervous flyers, bumpy turbulence or anything else! A few years ago we checked in and booked to sit right at the front of the flight, so were able to chat to the stewards throughout take off- which made everything so much more calm- if their faces look calm you’ve probably not got anything to worry about, they know their stuff!

Try something new…
And if all else fails? Try something new. Last year before I did a big flight to the U.S I took a chance on trying acupuncture, which amazingly, I believe, worked wonders. Obviously with these things it’s hard to tell ‘what really works’- but regardless of what it actually did, it certainly changed my mindset and I successfully had a calm and relaxed flight- which was the first in a long time. Other people I know have tried hypnotherapy too- so there’s lots of options before you say no to planes once and for all.

Do you have any tips- share down below if you do!

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