Loud noise and being surrounded by hundreds of people can be scary; especially if you're by yourself. Whether it is on a train, plane or boat, we can feel fear if we are travelling by ourselves for the first time. It is extremely scary if like me, you suffer from travel sickness and have a fear of flying.
I remember my first flight by myself; it was June in 2016. I just turned 18 and decided to go to Poland by myself. Scariest time of my life. But we need to face our fears, which is why I wanted to write a couple of little simple trips in case anyone is afraid of flying on their own for the first time.
Make a list
When packing, make a list of all the things you want to bring with you and tick them off while you pack. This will save you so much worrying and panicking right before you leave for the airport.
It is always better to arrive early, especially if you are at an airport you have never flown from before. Get to know the airport and its surroundings. You also never know if you will make it on time because let's face it, traffic jams are a nightmare and we don't need any more stress on that day. Don't worry if you arrive three hours before your flight. There is always a place available where you can chill and wait for your gate to show up.
Don't be afraid to ask questions
If you think you're lost or you don't know where to go, just ask! Whether it is another passenger nearby or an airport employee, they will help you. And believe me, you are not the only one in this situation.
Don't leave your things unattended
Sounds like such a silly point, but people still wander around while leaving their stuff at the airport all the time! So what that there are CCTV's everywhere? It is better to stay close to your luggage.
Tell the flight attendant
If you are still feeling unsure about your flight, talk to the flight attendant. Explain your situation to them and they will try and help you; even if it is by simply coming up to you and asking if you're okay during the flight.
Have a book to read or a movie to watch while waiting and for your plane journey. IF you prefer to sketch, wonder around the airport or listen to music, that is also okay. Find something that will make you feel comfortable.
I know the thought of flying by yourself is scary, but I do not regret it at all. Now I travel alone more than eight times a year and I got so used to it, that the whole process is so smooth and quick, you are on the plane before you know it.