Way's to travel for the anxious flyer

It's true. I love to travel, I have done since my teens and at the age of 27 I am really well traveled for my age. I love to explore [excuse the cliche saying] foreign lands, submerge myself in other culture's but I really really hate to fly. When I was 19, I went travelling for just over 10 months. The prospect of having to a go on a plane didn't bother me at all, I was eager to visit places I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever be able to go. It wasn't until my flight from Heathrow to Miami [the very first leg] half way through the flight I just freaked, for no reason. There was no turbulence, I didn't have a bad experience, I just wanted to get off the damn plane. Then for the rest of the trip, I dreaded each and every single flight we had. So much so I was looking into getting a fright boat that would take 6 months to get me home. ANYTHING at all to avoid getting on a plane again. Once the trip was over I vowed NEVER to get on a plane, that was until we planned a trip to Japan 6 years later. I thought my plane anxiety would be long gone lol - how wrong was I. For the whole 14 hours, I cried the whole time, I didn't sleep, I didn't eat, I did NOTHING. I couldn't face doing anything. Last week I was supposed to be flying out to Zante for my cousins wedding. I thought I would be fine as the flight was only 3 and a half hours 4 tops, the day of the flight loomed, I panicked but this time round, I didn't make it on the flight, I ended up staying home as I just couldn't face getting on a plane again.

I've left myself in a bit of a predicament, I love to travel but can no longer physically face getting on a plane. I've done a little research and found 3 ways I can see more of the world, without having to get on a plane. Oh and also guys, for a bit of comic relief, I've included some snaps of my aforementioned 10 month  trip, we're talking Jess circa 2009, I would go as far to say this is when I was at my most attractive . . . . ;) as the trip progressed the more bedraggled I became.

1) The Euro star

I've been on the Eurostar to Paris a few times now and LOVE it, it's like popping on a train [well, that's exactly what it is] in London and then BOOM, a few hours later - You're in Paris. Excellent. The only downside to this is that the destinations are few and far between.

2) Inter-railing

Inter-railing is kinda in at the moment isn't it? It's something I really REALLY want to give a go. Like the Eurostar, you just hope on a train and then you're in some far[ish] off land totally without having to step foot on a plane, however unlike the Eurostar, theres more choice with destination.

3) A Cruise

Holy hell YES, I so badly wanna go on a cruise, like how luxe would that be swanning around on a cruise ship, going off to swanky dinners and enjoying on board entertainment. It's something that's firmly on my bucket list and I'm dying to tick off. I love the ocean and I've been on a few mini cruise's so to make a holiday of one I'm all for AND better yet you can go even further a field with a cruise, hello Caribbean. I know some cruises you fly out to the destination, cruise about then fly home but theres plenty of no flight options for the anxious flyer [like me to choose from] I've been eyeing up some of these Princess Cruises because that's exactly what I am ;)

*The post is collaboration with bolsover cruise club but as always the views are 100% my own :)


  1. Aww you look so cute in all of these pictures! It's so unfortunate that you have such a tough time flying! I actually know somebody who has had a similar experience, he's travelled all over the world, but then suddenly he started to panic every time he had to get onto a plane. Atleast there are still many ways you can travel, I know a few people who have done inter-railing and they all loved it!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer


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