New found flying fears

I have a confession to make. . . 

Up, up and away

In recent years, I have started to fear flying in airplanes. I think it started after our trip to Disney World in May and intensified when we flew to, and especially from, the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.

On our way home from Disney World in May, we had a rocky landing. Turbulence was bad through most of the flight. My stomach sunk down to my feet many times. As someone that likes wild rides, this hit me hard. Never before did I feel each and every move of the plane like I did on that flight. I never said anything about my fears because I did not want my boys to hear anything.

Leading up to our trip to the conference, I started to have nightmares about flying. It worried me that it may be trying to tell me something given the huge storm we had to fly around/through/over. I ignored them and we flew down to Disney on the 6th. That flight was pretty uneventful. I kept busy sitting with NHL. We looked out the window and wrote stories together.

On the plane to see Mickey Mouse

Coming home, I sat with JSL. He did not want to do much aside from look at books and rest on me. My mind was able to think about every move that I felt the plane make. As we were about 30 miles out from home, it got really rocky thanks to the strong winds (darn winter flying). The plane moved up and down, left and right over and over again. It was worse than any ride we had done at Disney World. Perhaps it was sitting in the last row, but it scared the you know what out of me!

Once we got off the plane, I was SO happy to be back on the ground. I am so glad that we can take the train to BlogHer and not worry about air travel for a little while. So my question to you this week:

Do you like to travel by airplane?  Either way, what do you do to keep your mind off of things once you are up in the air?



Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the MckLinky there if you are participating.

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  • Melissa says:

    After dozens of short and long haul flights, I can safely say that I HATE flying – not so much because I’m afraid but because I suffer from terrible motion sickness. During turbulent times I mentally talk myself through it and imagine I’m in a car going over bumps on the road when hitting the air pockets. Distraction and trying to occupy yourself (eating often helps!), as you did with NHL in particular, seems the best way to go. It doesn’t make it any less scary though, I know!

    The best of luck in your future travels!

  • Auntie E says:

    Oh I watch a movie on my Netbook.
    Here’s my Aloha Friday link for you
    .-= Auntie E´s last blog ..Shiitake Mushroom Sauce =-.

  • Kari says:

    I don’t travel by air very often, but, when I do, I don’t mind. I’ve never had a bad experience flying, so I’m sure that is one reason that it doesn’t bother me. It’s always exciting for me – I love the atmosphere in the airport and watching all the people. I do get motion sickness sometimes, so I always take dramamine when I fly.
    .-= Kari´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – What Annoys You? =-.

  • Joyful says:

    I have only flown in small 2-4 seater planes. The pilot in the 2 seater plane did tricks while we were flying. I loved it & would go again anytime.
    .-= Joyful´s last blog ..Spiced Apple Pancakes =-.

  • Lori says:

    I am the worlds worst flier. In fact in the past I have actually had to take pills in order to even get on the plane. That being said, it is the main reason we have not flown with Taylor ( I do not want to instill my fear in him, or be drugged while flying with him). I am going to have to get over it soon because his Disney world savings jar is getting very full.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..taylor and best bud =-.

  • Harriet says:

    I hate flying especially since I had a friend killed in a crash and the way that travelers are treated these days.

  • Jennifer says:

    I love flying I prefer it to car trips.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesdays-The Things That Keep Us Here =-.

  • You are not alone. I don’t like flying either. Well, I don’t mind it terribly if there is no turbulence and a movie is playing. Or I usually talk to the person I’m sitting next to. That helps take my mind off things.
    .-= Shannon (The Mommy-Files)´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #40 =-.

  • Yes, I love to travel and travel by plane! Did I ever tell you that I took skydiving lessons in the past? I loved jumping out of planes too! lol! I easily fall asleep whenever I fly! The noise of the plane always lulls me to sleep.
    .-= East Coast Wahine´s last blog ..It’s Aloha Friday #24 =-.

  • I hate flying! I have only done it a few times and never with kids.

  • Simply Cathi says:

    Hi Beth,
    I love flying. Let me be honest though. Ten years ago I was fearful of flying. When NY and I married flying was a given since he works for an airline. Perhaps because my daughter had recently died (auto accident) I wasn’t afraid of turbulaence or crashing for that matter because I simply didn’t care. That probably doesn’t make sense to most people but it is how I felt. Not so now. I’ve learned to love flying. In (because of NY’s job) the last ten years I’ve flown hundreds of flights across the country and other parts of the world. If possible I always sit by a window. Most often I carry a map book with me an try to follow along with the planet below. A few weeks ago I spotted the Winslow Meteor Crater while flying over Arizona.
    Flying can be scary because we don’t have the control we have while driving a car however it’s actually safer. ;)
    .-= Simply Cathi´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – By Myself =-.

  • Smellyann says:

    I absolutely LOVE to fly! I don’t keep my mind off it, I love to look out the windows and watch everything going on. I’ve always loved it. :D
    .-= Smellyann´s last blog ..Tuesday’s CVS Steals and Deals =-.

  • Thom says:

    Living in Hawai’i we have to fly to go anywhere. Well you can boat across Interisland. I love to fly. Just put on my iPhone music and usually use my lap top to do stuff. :) Have a great Friday :)
    .-= Thom´s last blog ..Scenic Sunday 83 =-.

  • I will not let the fact that I am afraid keep me from going places that I want to go. However, I am afraid while flying and whenever possible I just go to sleep. That helps. If I cannot it probably means the kids are keeping me busy. Oh and I pray the whole time – it keeps me calm. :)

  • Annie says:

    oh no! Usually I don’t mind flying but I do have a tiny fear in the back of my mind. I will go over in my head what I would do IF…..and that freaks me out. I don’t really fly much anymore so it hasn’t been a problem. I’d like to travel more though!

  • Michelle says:

    I am a horrible flyer and loved hypnotherapy as a way to reduce my anxiety. Of course, sometimes it doesn’t work so I keep some pills as a back-up…lol!

  • Krissi says:

    I don’t mind flying…I was once on a plane with a LOT of turbulance right after 9/11 and it really freaked me out and I just prayed and focused on all the things I was going to do at my destination. I was in Colorado at the time and flying to my home state of NY to see my family so the idea of seeing them relaxed me. I haven’t flown in a LONG while but will soon.
    .-= Krissi´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #5 =-.

  • I am not a huge fan of flying but it is the fastest way to get from point A to point B sometimes. To bide the time I usually try to take a nap.
    .-= Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma´s last blog ..Tommy Tippee Sippy Cup Review =-.

  • Katie says:

    I hate flying, one major reason why we drove from MI to FL! I’ll do it but I seriously am stressed out, it’s been several years now so I don’t know how I’d feel if I actually had to get on one. What really stinks is that you were at the back, always try to be over the wings or as close as possible. The farther away from the wings the worse the turbulance.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..The Polynesian Resort =-.

  • kailani says:

    The funny thing is that I used to have a fear of flying. You would have to knock me out to get me on a plane. However, since becoming a flight attendant I’ve learned to control my fears. Maybe it’s because I feel more in control of my surroundings?
    .-= kailani´s last blog ..Keep The Noise Down =-.