To some people, travelling on your own might not be a big deal. However, a lot of us might find that being solo on an airplane is nerve-wracking and stressful. However, you’re sometimes put into a position where it’s necessary to do something that scares you, and that’s not always a bad thing! Change is good.
Whether it’s your fear of flying or you simply don’t enjoy being alone while you’re thousands of feet up in the air, here are some useful tips on how to get through this without feeling too anxious:
Keep your luggage light and your hand luggage even lighter. – Remember that you’re going to be on your own every step of the way. There will be no one to help you carry the load when the road gets tough. Try to pack only the necessary essentials that you think you will make use of on your trip. Nothing more, nothing less.
Keep yourself busy during the flight. – It’s easy to start up a conversation and enjoy the company of someone else when you’re travelling with a partner. However, you might find yourself at a loss of things to do if you’re travelling solo on a flight that is over two hours long, with no internet access. Reading a good book is a great way to pass the time on a long flight. If reading isn’t something that you enjoy, listen to your favourite music or watch a film on your laptop or tablet. You can also sleep! It’s such a great feeling to sleep in one country and wake up in the next!
Let your family know. – Make sure that someone you love and trust knows about this trip. This will make the situation less stressful for you since you’ll be at ease that someone knows where you are even though you’re not in the same country. It would be wise to hand over any other information about your stay when you get off the flight and check in at your hotel.
Plan. – Planning helps to keep your mind at ease that you won’t be at a loss of things to do on this trip. Having a simple plan of what you want to do and where you want to go will make your flying solo experience more fruitful. Make sure you check out all that this new country has to offer. No regrets!
Make this an experience not a duty. – If, for whatever reason, travelling alone was not what you wished for, try to look on the bright side. Don’t look at it as something that you want to get over with as soon as possible. You’ll never have the same experience twice, so make sure you make the most of it. There’s nothing more serene than enjoying the company of yourself.