(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!

x

(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!

x

38 comments:

  1. I swear by Rescue Remedy and music. On long haul flights I don't drink, although when I had horrific turbulence flying to Sydney alone I downed a G&T and watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - anything to get me thinking happy thoughts!
    Cx
    www.charliedistracted.com

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  2. I definitely agree with hitting the app store! I once spent nearly all of a 9 hour flight on tiny wings! Had the slight problem though of running out of storage space for photos with two days of the holiday to go, had to delete the app to make room!

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  3. Ugh, I hate flying too. I find that listening to music (instead of scary plane noises) & playing distracting games helps. Yep, looking at the cabin crew really works too!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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  4. I'm flying for the first time since I was very young this summer and I'm still not sure if I'm nervous or not but I've bookmarked this post in case I suddenly get anxious! x

    India Charlotte♥

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  5. One of my friends is terrified of flying and has refused to go on holiday this year unless it consists of her jumping on the Eurostar. I'll be sure to pass over some of these tips to her :) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  6. I couldn't agree more with the "they know what they're doing" approach, it definitely helps me calm down in moments of turbulence. Only yesterday I arrived back in Melbourne after the dreaded 24-hour flight from Milan and in each patch of turbulence I was looking for the calm faces of the crew to calm me down!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  7. If I ever do go abroad then I'm definitely going to be using these tips, I imagine I'm a nervous flyer!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  8. I used to be really nervous but now I love it! Great tips Olivia!

    Emma Xx

    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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  9. Always have to make sure you've got plenty of time, it's so stressful when u have to rush!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I'll be flying to London in a couple of weeks on a direct flight. It'll be the longest flight I've ever taken. These tips are coming in just in time. Thanks!

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  11. That is a really good list of information. I think getting to places early and allowing yourself sometime to explore and acknowledge what if going to happen really makes a major impact on my travels and I'm not even a nervous traveler!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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  12. These are great tips! I've never been a nervous flyer, but it's good to know since a few of my friends are!

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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  13. This is a great post Liv, and I like to have lists and plan ahead whilst allowing time - so much comfort to the mind!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  14. Great post! And OMG these flip-flops! *-*

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  15. Great post!! This year I had my first flight and I have discovered that I'm a nervous flyer so this tips are perfect for me!! Will use them on my next flight to Europe!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  16. Just what I needed! I'm a very nervous flyer unfortunately... Will bookmark this post! :D

    Valérie | Moonlit Stories

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  17. these are such great tips, the last couple of flights, before this years have been terrible and have left me feeling sick and panicky! So reading these tips are perfect, especially for someone that has developed a small fear of flying, yet wants to travel and see as much as possible! I like the idea of being productive and having things to do on the laptop but i've never taken mine away with me! I do however always try to put my ipod in and sleep for the majority of the journey
    http://www.elzbthchlmrspps.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Oh boy, flying is not my favorite. I flew in 2013, and that was the first time I'd been on a plane in 10 years. I got so sick; it was awful! Now I take Dramamine and make sure I have something light to eat before I get on the plane.

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  19. Having plenty of time is definitely the most helpful thing for me! I get such travel anxiety otherwise! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  20. I love the idea of taking a trip to somewhere new but flying does give me that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I think it's the fact that I (stupidly) seem to go over all the possibilities of a dark and sticky end in my head as we are waiting to board. Your tips will definitely be ones to try this year as I am flying again next Tuesday. I absolutely love the Calm app, but this year I have purchased one of the new adult colouring books- one specialised in aiding relaxation. I'm sure I'll be scribbling away for the whole 4 hour flight. Happy flying!

    Katie Huxtable, www.katiehuxtable.com

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  21. I hate that with every year that passes I become a more and more anxious traveller - it's not conducive to a good start to the holiday!! Sophie xx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  22. Great tips!

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  23. Great tips, I love the tips :)


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  24. Just remember to drink plenty of water and take a turn around the cabin. Getting up and stretching your legs/movement always helps. Stops you coming out puffy at the other end! Also helps you change your actual point of view if your seated one was getting a bit anxious.

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  25. These are great tips, I love that wallet
    xo
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  26. I certainly belong into this category. I always arrive way early because I would rather wait and relax than rush and panic even before a flight. Since I will be visiting my family abroad next year, I will have to explore my best options for relaxation techniques. I will be hitting the app store for sure.:)

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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  27. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  28. I like acupuncture now as long as it's not on my neck. it's so calming!

    Ayre

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  29. Those are all great tips! I have no problem flying, I even like the thrilling feeling of take-off, but now I know how to calm my boyfriend when he takes on his first flight ever!
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  30. Fantastic advice!
    I get pretty nervous during landing and take off, so these tips will come in handy :)
    Rosie
    x
    www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. Thank you so much for this article, Olivia! In three days I will get on a plane for the very first time and I'm a little bit nervous so I'm very happy with these tips.

    x
    bohomantic.blogspot.com

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  32. I am also a really nervous flyer and I jet off to Canada in a couple of weeks. It will be the longest flight I have done! so thank you for the tips I think I'l be needing them :) xxx

    http://bigtown1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. I'm terrified of flying, so I just take a Xanax and chill out :)

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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