Are You Afraid to Fly? Part 1 of a Series

by JamesHope on July 11, 2013

fear of flyingAir travel is a fact of modern life and something that even the youngest child now takes for granted. If you want to get from point A to point B, flying is generally the quickest option. And sometimes it is the only option, especially if it involves overseas travel – and with
prices at an all time low relatively speaking, anyone is capable of flying nowadays.

This ability to jet off to all corners of the globe is one that has allowed people greater travel freedoms than they have ever had before, but for some, this freedom comes with a price: not everyone is a good flyer, there are those that are afraid to fly.

Statistics compiled by the US Department of Transport suggest that flying is 29 times safer than travelling in an automobile. Yet, many people are simply terrified of getting on a plane. There are  numerous examples of famous people whose careers have certainly not been helped by their inability to fly overseas.  In pro level soccer, for example, Dennis Bergkamp is one very famous non flyer.

The fact is that there are several aspects of flying apart from the simple fear of getting on the plane in the first place that can cause intending travelers immense problems or difficulties.

In the next several posts we will examine every possible problem that people might have with flying and more importantly, how you overcome these difficulties in a totally natural way.

If you have a problem getting on a plane, this series is going to show you how to overcome that fear. If motion or travel sickness is a malady that you are susceptible to, you are going to learn how to overcome that difficulty too.

No matter what your problem is with flying, you are going to learn how to get past those difficulties so that flying will never again be a problem for you. What is more, you are going to learn how to get over these difficulties totally naturally too.

Stay tuned for the next in the series, Fear Of Flying Evaluated

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8 Considerations Before Traveling

by JamesHope on July 11, 2013

Eight Considerations Before Traveling

Many people who like to take their vacation via the road like to wing it.  They believe that being spontaneous is the way to a fun road trip.  This can lead to some big disappointments and worse could get you into some trouble.  You can think of National Lampoon’s Vacation movie for example.  But by doing some simple preparations you can turn your vacation into an adventure.

Make sure you have maps of all the places you are planning on visiting.  That may sound like such a “20th Century” thing to say.  And I am aware that we live in an totally connected electronic age with everyone glued to their smartphones.  But you may come across places that don’t have any connectivity.  So that online map application will become pretty useless.  Make sure you have your maps with you.

Have provisional groceries for the trip.  Again, the kind of trip you are planning may take you to an area where there aren’t many places to buy food.  You can bring items that are non perishable such as fiber bars, etc., so you won’t have to worry about items that need refrigeration.  Or if you are so inclined, you could bring a small cooler with ice packs to keep food fresh.  Either way, having some food available is always a good idea.

Along with the food, make sure you take enough water for your trip.  People can survive longer on water than they can with just food if they are ever stuck for long periods of time.  This will save you money as well if you buy water by the case.

You’ve been meaning to have your car serviced for some time but just haven’t gotten around to it.  Don’t wait until it’s too late and you are already on your trip to take this step.  The last thing you want to have happen is your car breaking down when you’re in the middle of nowhere.  Sure, it could still happen even if you get your car serviced by the chances of it greatly decrease when doing so.

It’s always wise to have extra batteries.  Even new batteries can sometimes fail so relying just on one set is a recipe for disaster.  Again, you just never know if your journey will take you to a place where batteries are not readily available.

Accidents can and do happen. Being prepared with a first aid kit will ensure that the impact of accidents will be lessened.  You’ll want to stock the first aid kit with basics like bandages, some rubbing alcohol, aspirin or ibuprofen and anything else you can think may help during a minor crisis.

It’s always a good idea to bring along a survival kit for your trip.  This includes at a bare minimum a blanket, road flares, food and water (although you already took care of this from the previous tips, right?), matches for lighting a fire if needed, and a small amount of wood in case it’s wet outside from rain.  If you are unsure you could always check out WalMart for ideas.  They even have ready to go kits complete with the necessities.

The one idea that has yet to mentioned and is probably the most important one: have fun.  That’s the whole point of going on a vacation in the first place. Sure, it’s wise to make sure you are prepared for the trip.

These eight considerations or tips, if you will, should give you enough to be prepared for your next road trip.  It may not be an exhaustive list, but when you start planning your trip you will surely add on to these as the thought process unfolds.  You will increase your chances of having a successful trip and this leads to having a great journey.

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Packing Your Suitcase: A Step-By-Step Guide

September 1, 2012

Let me know if this happens to you.  After plans for travel have been established you get panicky because you have to pack for the trip.  You think you are going to forget something but you don’t want to overpack either.  If you are nodding your head up and down because this describes you, help […]

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