World Tourism Day 2016

Being a Travel Planner its not at all an easy thing. One mistake can ruined their holiday and trust bond break. With the numbers of travel portal and hundreds of deal we got from internet and still it take years to be a specialized – “travel character” because to be a “pro” you need to be on the road, yourself.

Its been 2 years and counting since I decided to explore places on my own and write about it. From 6 months to 3 months and now every month traveling and exploring new places. Putting India Travel first – because so many things are still unexplored in our country and still we wander to explore other country.

Tourism is something which never gonna end. It will grow wild like a weed and addict more number of humans. After all we all are a Global Citizen, right?!

Taking about “World Tourism Day”:

“Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.” [source: wikipedia]

But the fact is, we all are traveler in this World. If we meant to stay at one place, we would have roots instead of feet.

#WorldTourismDay2016

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How to earn while traveling?

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Money is one of the main concerns for anyone, who is traveling the world. Without money you cannot travel and, thus, according to us, enjoy your life 🙂 Luckily, there are endless opportunities of how to make money while traveling the world and today we’re going to talk about them.

If you have ever asked yourself “How I will survive on the road?” or “ How will I make money if I am travelling the world all the time?”, this post is for you.

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I’d love to travel but…..

We’ve all either said it or heard it a million times:
“I’d love to travel but ___________________.”

The answers can vary wildly, but in the end, they are all the same thing: an excuse.

So why is it that some people “can” travel and others “can’t”?

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TRAVEL TIPS 10: Travel Photography!

Photos are an evocative way to capture where you have been and what you have seen, and to come home with treasured memories for later on.

For those living away from family and friends, photos are a way to share life and experiences either online via social media or through more traditional prints and albums.

As a tangible medium, printed albums allow you to share photos in a more personal way: face-to-face with family and friends so that the interaction and story-telling becomes an experience in itself. They also make a thoughtful gift idea to take with you or leave behind, so it is worthwhile investing some time into taking great photographs 🙂

A) BEFORE LEAVING FOR YOUR TRIP:

1) Choose the Right Equipment
Before you leave, consider which camera equipment is most suited to your type of holiday. If you anticipate a lot of outdoor activities like hiking or canoeing, it makes sense to take a small rugged camera instead of your SLR.

Get to know the weather conditions and seasons, is it damp all the time or do you need water or sand protection?

With many modern travelers relying solely on their smartphone camera, it is advised to check the storage capacity and bring an external battery charge pack for extended trips. The key is to be comfortable with what you are carrying and confident it can do the job, so you can focus on the photography and the experience.

2) Travel Light
Don’t take your entire house with you. (Tips for who carrying SLR: Pack only two lenses. One zoom and one prime lens. This is extremely important tip if you plan to do some hiking or trekking).

3) Do Your Research
Don’t leave it to chance and learn as much as you can about the place you are about to travel. The more you know, the more “intelligent” your images will be.

4) Learn Your Craft
Don’t waste your expensive traveling time on learning how to operate that new camera, lens or flash. Do your homework at home.

5) Choice the Right Lodging
Staying on the center of town, or having a room with wonderful views can create a lot of great photo opportunities.

B) AT THE DESTINATION

1) Get up Early
The best light to capture most kinds of subjects is in the golden hours- one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset (depend off course on where you are on the globe). So get up early to get that amazing photo opportunities, while all the other tourists are still asleep.

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2) Capture Your Journey
I know this sounds silly but, if you don’t have your camera you can’t capture amazing moments that just magically happen or appear right in front of you. This is one of the reasons mobile phone photography is so great, your camera is always in your pocket.

Sometimes the trip to a location can be just as interesting as the destination itself. Shoot images that tell the story of how you got to your vacation destination. Shoot the local fruits in a farmers market or fishing nets on a boat dock or even trinkets in tourist shops that have the name of the destination. Small detail shots help to remind you of what you saw and tell your viewer a little about the location. Seeking out these details will open your eyes to discovering more about the environment around you.

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3) The Best Lightning
It is widely acknowledged the best natural lighting occurs around sunrise and sunset, when the light is soft, warm and flattering. An added bonus is there are usually no crowds to contend with.

This is a great strategy to plan your day; get out early to shoot landmarks and scenery, spend the middle of the day visiting indoor museums, galleries or shopping, and head out again before sunset for more quality photography.

Check out the areas that you plan to shoot at during the day and set time aside to go back when the lighting is great (sunrise and sunset for example). Ask around, information desks and hotel staff can be a source on the best places to shoot. Try different scenes so you get a great overview of the place you visited.

Of course there is every chance of cloudy, overcast conditions where sun position is irrelevant. Don’t despair; these even-lighting conditions are perfect for nature photography (such as close-ups of flowers), portraiture, moody street spaces and black and white photography.

4) Get Inspired
Watch the portfolio of other photographers in order to get new ideas and get inspiration. Also, If you perceive yourself as an artist, you must acknowledge the work of other artists. Do not underestimate inspiration: visit art galleries, attend some photography lectures, listen to classical music, read good books.

5) Don’t Try to Get it All in Once
Don’t try to see everything on your limited time. It is much smarter to get a better understanding about each place you visit on your journey. Slow things down, and your images will get better.

6) Feel the Place
Photography is not only about visual inspiration. Try the local food, smell local markets and hear local music, this will help you to better understand the story of the place.

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7) Find a Fixer
Talk to locals and seek their advice on great photo opportunities in their own country.

8) People
Including photographs of the local people and their culture brings life to the story, however it is important to respect the local customs in regards to public photography, and ask for permission prior to taking photos. Use the international language of a smile, while gesturing to your camera; if they return the smile, go for it, and if they do not, respect their wishes and put the camera away.

Remember to get pictures of yourself while on vacation, especially when travelling alone. Aside from the notorious ‘selfie’ shots or asking a kind passerby, try creative reflections using building windows or mirrors.

9) Get off the Beaten Path
All knows that you will find monks more in religious places like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia. Tell your viewers something fresh and new. Share your own point of view of the place.

10) Travel Slow
If time allows you, always choice to travel by train or bus over flying. As it will allow you to have better interactions with the locals.

11) Keep it Natural
One of the most important and influential photographers of all time, Henri Cartier Bresson- Never ever used flash in his photography. A practice he saw as “impolite…like going to a concert with a pistol in your hand.” Try to learn how to use and enjoy the benefits of natural light before you buy that expensive flash or reflector.

12) Get Higher
Every good travel photo series must have at list is one bird’s eye view of the place (Being referred sometimes as the “establish shot”). Find yourself a vintage point overlooking the entire city or town.

13) “Exotic” can be found Anywhere
No matter where you live in the world: New York, the Middle East or a small village in France. Try to see the beauty of the place you live in. if you will find the beauty of that place and bring within your images, people will follow.

14) Don’t stop Traveling
A good travel photographer must keep is portfolio alive. Keep on traveling, and as the last tip mentioned: you don’t have to travel to far and exotic places to do so. As it is very easy to travel to India and get “good” travel photography. Try to bring the beauty of your own local town. Travel to the nearest market or attend the next festival as a way to keep your craft improving.

15) Leave the Camera Behind Sometimes
Don’t spend your entire trip looking through the lens. Enjoy your time just traveling and enjoying the ride.

16) Be Human
Treat your subject as well as you can. Don’t shoot people from a far distance, don’t shot people who don’t want to get snapped. If you promise to send their photos, please do so. This will ensure that the photographer that will come after you will be received with a smile. And don’t forget, sometimes it is best to just leave the camera behind and enjoy the ride.

C) FINAL STEP

The final step when you return home is to select and edit the best photos. A nice selection of prints is more satisfying than a digital mess.

The reason most people hate looking at family vacation pictures is because there are too many bad ones to look through. Only show your absolute best images to your audience. It has been said that the biggest difference between an amateur and a professional photographer is that the professional only shows their best work whereas an amateur shows everything.

9 basic tips useful to anyone traveling anywhere include:

1) Take plenty of pictures. You don’t want to return home and try to describe a wonderful scene or event that you could have photographed if you had planned to shoot generously.

2) If you are planning to share your adventures while you’re on the road, send your most representative pictures to friends and family by email or upload them to a photo-sharing website. Be selective, though, and don’t overdo it. People will enjoy seeing two or three great pictures much more than 30 or 40 shots of everything you encountered.

3) If you are traveling in a group, each member should bring their own camera, even when one person has agreed to take on the role of principal photographer. You would be surprised at how individuals see photographic subjects in different ways.

4) When photographing an exciting or funny event, take the time every now and then to shoot behind you or beside you to show the reaction of others.

5) When using a digital camera, take the time to review the shots you took that day, and delete those that are unsuitable.

6) Be sure to take along plenty of film or several digital media cards. It’s frustrating to come upon a must-photograph scene, and discover that you’re out of film or your cards are all full.

7) Bring your battery charger along on your trip. Although you can usually charge batteries while they are in your camera, a separate charger permits you to use a second set of batteries while the first is being recharged.

8) If you are undecided about whether to take a picture of an interesting scene that has caught your attention, just take it. You can always toss it out later if you don’t like it. But, it’s usually difficult to return at a later time to find the same circumstances.

9) The same principle applies to photographs that you think may not turn out. It may seem too dark or too cloudy, for instance, or your subject may be in deep shade or moving quickly. But, go ahead and take the shot anyway. You will sometimes amaze yourself by how a tricky shot turns out better than you expected. Also, many photographs that have minor problems can be saved using digital editing software or in the darkroom. And, if it simply doesn’t work, you know what to do…toss it out.

Note: All images used in this article are subject to copyright.

TRAVEL TIPS 9: Technology Security. Stay Alert, Stay Safe!

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Traveling can present some unique security challenges. If you are planning a domestic or international trip, keep these items in mind:

1) Make sure you’ve backed up any important data before traveling.
Ensure that you’ve backed up any important data before traveling. If something happens to your devices while traveling you won’t be able to get the data back without a backup.

2) Keep your devices with you and within sight at all times.
It doesn’t take long for a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to be stolen. This is particularly important in busy and crowded places such as: buses, subways, airports, and at conferences.

3) Are you traveling with sensitive or confidential information?
Only travel with the data that you absolutely need. If you don’t need it, don’t take it. Check with your division to see if they offer blank loaner laptops that you can use while traveling instead of bringing your own. If you are traveling with data on a flash drive, ensure that you’re using an approved encrypted flash drive.

4) Ensure that your laptop is encrypted.
Laptop encryption will ensure that your data won’t be accessible if it is lost or stolen.

5) Are you traveling with anything that is subject to export controls?
It is illegal in some cases to bring certain software or hardware to other countries. Check the country technology laws first.

6) Beware of public computers.
Avoid using public computers in places like hotels and Internet cafes whenever possible. If you have to use one, ensure that you change any password that you entered on a public computer when you return from your travels.

7) Ensure that your computer is up-to-date and running antivirus software.
Before traveling, make sure that you’ve installed all of the latest updates from Microsoft or Apple, and ensure that you are running good antivirus software (such as kaspersky, norton antivirus, mcafee, avg, etc.)

8) Enable a firewall on your computer.
Make sure that you have a firewall enabled on your computer. A firewall will help protect your computer while connected to insecure networks.

9) Only connect to trusted wireless networks.
Avoid joining just any available wireless network. Only connect to those networks that you know are legitimate (such as those provided by a hotel).

10) Avoid using insecure websites on wireless networks.
It’s easy for someone to listen in to what you’re doing on an open wireless network. Most networks that you’ll use while traveling are open. Make sure that if you’re logging into websites while on open network that your connection is secure. This is usually denoted by the presence of a lock icon in your browser, or “https://” in front of the address you’re visiting.

When you hit the road, it’s easy to get paranoid, especially if you’re carrying thousands of dollars’ worth of technology with you. You can alleviate some of your worries by taking security measures to protect yourself against someone running off with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

A) Password Protect Your Devices

What if a thief does get your device—is the trouble just beginning? It might be, if you haven’t bothered with basic methods for protecting your data.

1) Passcode lock your phone and tablet.
Just because someone gets your phone or tablet, doesn’t necessarily mean he also gets unrestricted access to all your email messages, all your contacts. Even if you don’t normally use a passcode or a screen or sleep lock, enable it before you travel. On Android 3 and later, Windows Phone 8, and iOS 4 and later, locking a phone or tablet prevents both access to the device and protects the data storage on it through encryption.

 

2) Password protect your laptop.
Do you really want to join the ranks of people who’ve compromised work data by leaving a laptop unattended and unprotected??

(i) If you’re using a MacBook, launch the Keychain Access utility (in your /Applications/Utilities folder), and then select Keychain Access > Preferences. Select the Show keychain status in menu bar option. Now, whenever you step away from your computer, you can choose the lock icon in the menu bar and pick Lock Screen. Make this process automatic by going to System Preferences and opening the Security & Privacy pane. Click the General tab and select the Require password option immediately after sleep or screen saver begins. You can adjust the time period using the drop-down menu here.

Requiring a password after sleep or a period of time can prevent someone from gaining access to your machine when you leave it unattended.

(ii) You can lock a Windows 7 and 8 laptop by pressing Windows-L. Automatic locking can be set via selecting Start > Control Panel (Windows 7) or right-clicking the screen’s bottom-left corner and picking Control Panel. Select Personalization and click Screen Saver. The Wait box allows you to choose how long to wait before a password is required to gain access. You can also automatically lock on sleep through the Power Options control panel.

B) Encrypt for Maximum Protection

If you want to make sure that your computer’s data isn’t accessible to a more-than-casual snooper or to a thief who has all the time in the world, your best bet is full-disk encryption (FDE). FDE creates a strong encryption key, which it uses to encipher your entire hard drive. The key is held in memory while you’re in an active running session, and tossed whenever you shut down.

An FDE-protected system can only be backed up while it’s active. But this prevents anyone (including governments and you) from recovering your data without a login account and password or an appropriate passcode.

1) Try full-disk encryption for Mac OS X.
Since Lion, Apple has provided built-in full-disk encryption through FileVault 2. You can’t recover a FileVault-protected disk’s data without an account and password. (See “Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion,” still applicable in Mountain Lion.) (If you don’t like the configuration and options available from Apple, there’s also Sophos SafeGuard).

2) Try full-disk encryption for Windows.
BitLocker is a built-in FDE for Windows Vista (Business), 7 (Enterprise and Ultimate), and 8 (Pro). Third-party FDE software comes from Check Point, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Win Magic, DiskCryptor.net, and others. TrueCrypt, a free open-source product, also offers FDE under Windows (but not Mac OS X).

3) Encrypt other drives and files.
You can also encrypt external drives, virtual drives (disk images), and individual files using TrueCrypt (Mac and Windows), Mac OS X’s built-in Disk Utility (Mac), and other free and paid tools. Apple added external disk encryption in the Finder in Mountain Lion, too. See “Encrypt any disk in Mountain Lion.”

4) Rely on built-in mobile encryption.
Nearly all iOS devices have hardware encryption built in. When the passcode is active, data is unrecoverable unless a device is jail broken or otherwise compromised. This protection is automatic, and is only absent from the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and first two iPod touch generations. Hardware encryption also allows a quick “remote wipe.”

Since version 3, Android lets you enable encryption in software or hardware (Settings > Security > Encryption). As in iOS, when the device is locked only a hardcore hacker could potentially gain access to the data. (Encryption requires the use of a code, not Android’s pattern-screen lock.)

A version of Bitlocker protects Windows Phone 8 devices, just as with a Windows laptop, and Microsoft requires hardware-accelerated encryption. A passcode protects access.

C) Find a Lost or Stolen Devices

Even if your device is stolen or you simply mislay it in your travels, it’s possible to aid yourself and the police in recovering it if you’ve planned ahead. Theft-recovery software for mobile and desktop operating systems can track a device so long as it’s on a network.

With a location in hand, police are often more willing to visit a home or business, as they frequently find where one device is located, other stolen gear is found. But many thieves are now too clever for such software, and prevent devices from joining a wi-fi network or even wrap hardware in aluminum foil to keep it off a cellular network.

1) Use built-in Apple options.
Mac and iOS users can use Apple’s built-in solution called Find My Mac and Find My iPhone (which works for all iOS devices). This is activated in Lion and Mountain via the iCloud preference pane, and requires Wi-Fi to be enabled to provide tracking information. In iOS, the Settings > iCloud view has a Find My iPhone switch. You can find the current location of devices (Macs and iOS gear) associated with an Apple ID by logging in to iCloud.com with that ID or using the Find My iPhone app (which includes Macs in what it finds).

Find My iPhone/Mac can both lock a device remotely or wipe it clean. Apple goes so far as to allow a Good Samaritan to dial a number you’ve sent through Find My iPhone even when all other calls on the iPhone are disabled.

2) Use third-party software:
Several third-party packages, some available for Mac, Windows, and mobile OS, keep a constant low-level account of where a device is located. Others wait for a remote network trigger, checking in at regular intervals, that a device is stolen before they activate tracking. Some of them let you file a police report, see what a thief is typing, or even use your camera to snap a photo or video of the thief. Options include GadgetTrak, Absolute Software’s Lojack for Laptops, and Orbicule’s Undercover.

 

In all cases, the software has to be installed before a device is stolen, and typically registered and activated. You also want to run a test to make sure it can be located while still in your clutches. While nearly all smartphones and some tablets have GPS radios, computers and mobile devices without GPS can infer a position from nearby Wi-Fi networks using databases gathered or licensed by various parties, including Apple and Skyhook Wireless.

Google relies on Google Sync and its business-oriented Google Apps to let a system admin either erase an Android device or give a user the ability to erase remotely.

D) Always Be Prepared

It’s always hard to deal with the loss of an electronic device that has your personal and business data. By taking measures to secure your systems before you hit the road, you can defeat thieves before they get started, while helping Good Samaritans bring your precious hardware back to you.

There are always two sides of a coin. When it comes to internet, it can play a role of an angel and a devil too. Be-aware!!

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TRAVEL TIPS 8: Voila! Destination – Travel Advice List!

There’s an art to traveling well. Some little secrets you learn on the way, like making sure you find a map at the airport before you leave (even though you use google maps. Don’t forget, smart phones eat up more battery).

Here’s our ultimate travel advice list. Have we missed any? Let us know.

P.S: Following are the General Travel Advice List. Check with your destination country for the safety advice before you fly. Because your safety always comes first 🙂

1) Use your GPS when traveling abroad.
If you’re traveling abroad without an international plan, turn on airplane mode and turn off data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet. Simply load the Google map of the area before heading out the hotel, and you’ve got a fully functional map to navigate the area.

 

2) Get a free cell phone charger if you forgot yours at home.
Forget your charger? Often times hotel front desk’s will have a box full of chargers left by previous guests.

3) Learn how to say “No, Thank You”.
Most travel advice columns will tell you to learn how to say “hello”, “yes please”, “thank you” and “do you speak English?”. But in some countries you really want to be able to say “no, thank you, please leave me alone”. Think about the crowded market places in Asia. Knowing how to say “no, thank you” in their language is going to give you a lot more peace.

 

4) Grocery stores are a traveller’s best resource.
Cheap food, local flavours. Find the nearest one to your hotel and you will save yourself a heap of cash. Have a picnic lunch every day.

5) Keep an emergency stash of money.
If you lose your wallet you will still need to eat. An empty Chapstick is a fantastic secret hiding spot.

6) Learn how to drive a manual car.
Stuck at an airport after your flight has been cancelled? You could drive. You will be smacking your head on the desk if they only have manual cars.

 

7) Know how much it should cost in a taxi.
Carry a card with the hotel address and a map. Ask for taxi drivers to use the meter. Make sure they are legitimate taxi drivers.

 

8) Always carry a hard copy map of the city you’re going to.
Save your phone charge for when you really need it.

 

9) Make sure your bank cards work.
There is nothing more annoying on holidays than spending hours on the phone to the bank back home.

 

10) Learn how to take a decent photo.
Don’t come home with a bunch of Instagram selfies. Memories fade and you’ll want something to remember the scenery by.

 

11) Learn basic first aid.
This is just a great life skill, if nothing else.

 

12) Get folders for travel documents and itineraries.
Keep them organised so you don’t have to mess about digging through pockets in your bag at the airport check-in.

13) Use public transport.
It’s fast. It’s easy, it’s cheaper and it will give you a better travel experience. Get a map, learn the different ticket types and if you are heading to London – organise an Oyster Card in advance.

 

14) Ask the locals for advice, tips.
The best beach probably isn’t the most popular one. The locals can help you find those secret spots you will rave about.

 

15) Eat where the locals eat.
Just like tips 14 – the same goes with restaurants. Ask the locals where they eat. Go there instead.

16) Know where the Embassy is.
Seriously! Find it on your map. Don’t think just because you are in a “safe” country you won’t need it. All it takes is a quick Google search, write down the address and put it in a safe place.

 

17) Register your details with DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).
OK, this one is obvious but surprisingly so many of us don’t actually do it. In cases like Boston or London, DFAT will be the place your family will turn to. Make sure they know where you are.

18) Be aware of the local laws.
Don’t get drunk on the streets of Dubai or expect to chew and spit gum in Singapore. You’re leaving India – don’t expect our law system to follow you around the world.

 

19) Learn a few phrases of the local language.
Speak to the locals. Experience their culture. Don’t just wander through it.

20) Know the scams of each destination.
‘Thai driver want to show you his best restaurant?’ It’s probably his mate’s. Get on the internet and work out the scams so you don’t become a sucker.

 

21) Learn the art of haggling.
Haggling saves you money. Be bold!! That extra $4 will buy you a coffee.

22) Learn the basic geography of the country you are visiting.
There’s nothing worse than a traveller who has no idea where they are travelling.

23) Learn how to use a compass.
Sounds extreme but it could help in a crisis.

24) Learn how to use chopsticks.
Don’t look like a tourist asking for a fork. Chopsticks are a must.

25) Allow relaxation time to get over jet lag.
You don’t want to be on the go for six weeks straight. It should be a holiday. You should relax at some point.

26) Keep a change of clothes and basic toiletries in your carry-on.
If your luggage gets lost you will be very glad.

27) Travelling via Singapore?
Pack your swimmers in your carry-on and take a break in the outdoor rooftop pool at the airport while in transit. You will feel 100 per cent better getting on the next flight. (Location: Changi Airport T1)

28) Research the airports you are travelling through.
Why? So you can a) find the fastest way through and b) use the facilities. Don’t just sit at the boarding gate.

29) Take Imodium and Panadol / Nurofen.
The cuisine of other countries can be harsh on the tummy.

30) Check if the drinking water is safe.
That includes brushing your teeth, ice in cocktails and drinking water in the shower.

 

31) Be aware of altitude sickness.
Give yourself time to adjust between altitudes, drink a lot more when you are high up.

32) Know the local road rules.
Every country have different road rules. Some drives on left some on right.

33) Be respectful. (Specially for women travelers).
Pay attention to how local women dress to work out how you should.

34) As a treat to yourself, send yourself a postcard from each day of your travels.
It’ll be a nice treat to come home to and make the transition back to reality easier.

35) On your last day in a foreign country, collect all your loose money and give it to the homeless.

Most importantly….. Keep Traveling! Always 🙂

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TRAVEL TIPS 7: Fear of Flying? How to Overcome It!

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“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are experiencing some unexpected turbulence. Please return to your seats at this time and keep your seat belts fastened. Thank you.”

This is a common airline script that can leave some passengers feeling uneasy, holding the armrest in a death grip.

If you have a fear of flying, you might fear crashing. Or you might have claustrophobia, and fear being “trapped” in the airplane during a long flight. You might fear having a panic attack on the airplane. Whichever type of phobia you have, you can overcome aviophobia. The key to success is to understand what maintains your fear, and learn how to roll it back.

Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias. 1 of every 6 human being has a flying phobia and avoids flying altogether due to fear and anxiety. Millions more fly in various degrees of misery, often resorting to the use of alcohol or tranquilizers to “get through” a flight. Yet this is a very treatable problem. If you want to fly in comfort again, you can!

A) What Causes Fear of Flying? Know what to expect.

A large part of being scared is not knowing what will happen next. Why is the plane going so fast? Why do my ears feel funny? Why does the wing look weird? Why are we hitting turbulence? Why are we being asked to keep our seat belts on? When presented with an unusual circumstance, your first instinct is to assume the worst. To minimize this, learn everything you can about flying and how a plane works. The more you know, the less uncertainly there will be for you to worry about. Here are some things you should know:

1) The plane needs to reach a certain speed so that it can take off. That’s why you may feel like the plane is going super-sonically fast. It is.

2) Your ears pop when the plane moves up or down because of a change in pressure.

3) Certain parts of the wing are supposed to move during the flight. That’s perfectly normal.

4) Turbulence occurs when a plane flies through an area of low pressure to high pressure, which will make you feel a “bump” in the ride. Turbulence has never taken down a commercial airliner, and 99% of people who are injured during turbulence feel it because they aren’t wearing seat belts or were hurt by falling overhead luggage. Turbulence is just like driving on a rocky road.

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Understanding what causes fear of flying can point you to the best path to recovery. Here’s a brief explanation of the cause of fear of flying.

1) Experiencing a “Bad Flight”
You might have experienced a “bad flight” which caused fear of flying. This might have been strong turbulence during a flight, or some other experience you considered to be a “close call”, like an emergency landing or change in planes due to mechanical problems.

If your fear of flying has more to do with claustrophobia and panic attacks on the airplane, your fear of flying might have been caused by a day of long delays and uncomfortable waits on board the plane prior to taking off.

2) Hearing about Bad Events
It isn’t always an actual flight experience that causes fear of flying. You might not have actually experienced a bad flight yourself, but were troubled by hearing about such events.

The heavy media coverage of an airplane crash often causes people to become afraid. Crashes are extremely rare, and so they usually get an enormous amount of media coverage. Many people developed a fear of flying, at least temporarily, in response to the terrorism of September, 2001.

Some people fear losing control of themselves while on a plane, in response to a panic attack. In this case, the occasional media report of a passenger said to have had a “panic attack” who became unruly and had to be subdued is what causes fear of flying. This is usually the result of sloppy reporting, because these aren’t people with Panic Disorder. They’re typically drunk, in addition to other problems. Panic Disorder is a difficult problem, but it doesn’t lead people to run amok on airplanes!

3) It’s Not Always About Flying
People also become afraid of flying for reasons which don’t directly relate to flying. If you have Panic Disorder or Claustrophobia, you might have experienced a panic attack on an airplane, and thereafter feared “being trapped” on a plane should you have another attack there.

Sometimes it’s a challenging life event, typically in one’s twenties or thirties, which causes fear of flying. You might have experienced a stressful period in your life, one marked by job change, relocation, getting married, and having children. People often are shocked to find themselves getting panicky on an airplane during this time of their lives, and become phobic for flying as a result.

Traumatic events unrelated to flying can cause fear of flying, particularly when they occur shortly before a flight. This might be an auto accident or a physical assault, or even a sudden, unexpected layoff. A person may seem to respond to the trauma satisfactorily, but then become very afraid on the flight, and thereafter develop a phobia.

4) The Way People DON’T Become Afraid
There are a lot of causes for fear of flying. The one way people don’t become afraid is this: people don’t set out to discover the most dangerous activities they engage in, and then avoid those.

That’s not what causes fear of flying!

5) Fueled by the Anxiety Trick
Instead, you become afraid, for one of the reasons mentioned above, and come to believe that your fear is an accurate sign of danger. You get tricked by the assumption, “If I feel afraid, then I’m in danger.” You come to believe that your fear means that flying is too dangerous, even though you almost certainly engage in activities, every day, which are much more dangerous than flying.

Maybe you develop a phobia and stop flying altogether, or maybe you continue to fly with fear. Either way, you resist and struggle against your flying anxiety. You try really hard “not to be afraid”.

When you struggle against your fear, you’re literally “putting out fires with gasoline”. This is how the Panic Trick works. The growth of your fear is fueled by your efforts to oppose it.

B) How do People Respond to their Fear?

Many people respond to their fear by not flying. If that were satisfactory to them, that would be the end of the story. But it’s usually not. Most people with a flying phobia still want to overcome it. They see that they miss out on a lot in life, and they keep trying to find ways to be unafraid, figuring they’ll fly again once they lose their fear.

Fearful fliers who continue to fly despite their fear usually try hard to not feel afraid. They hope that by opposing their fear, they can make it go away. This sounds like a reasonable idea, but it usually doesn’t work that way. As the Panic Trick suggests, it’s the things people do in an effort to overcome the fear that usually maintain and strengthen it.

In general, fearful fliers usually resist the role of passenger and try to feel as though they have more control of the activity than they actually do. This actually strengthens and maintains the fear. It will probably be very useful for you to clarify your role as a passenger, and become more accepting of that role.

A good review of how you respond to your fear of flying is another key step in overcoming flying anxiety.

C) What People Usually Do?

In their efforts to overcome flying fears, some people have tried such things as:

1) Monitoring the weather channel during the days before a flight

2) Pretending they are not on a plane, or forcing themselves to think about something else

3) Playing loud music on their headphones, in order to prevent themselves from thinking about the flight

4) Snapping a rubber band on their wrist

5) Tensing up their body, and holding the armrest in a death grip

6) Trying hard to appear unafraid

7) Watching faces of the flight attendants for signs of fear

8) Sedating themselves with alcohol and/or tranquilizers

9) wearing “lucky” clothes, avoiding “unlucky” days and flight numbers, and engaging in a variety of rituals

In each case, their efforts to rid themselves of fear of flying, and to feel “in control” of the situation, made their fears stronger and more persistent.

Smoking is not allowed on the airplane, but feeling afraid is. It’s uncomfortable, but okay, to feel afraid. Flying is a come as you are experience. People get more upset when they try to control their fear of flying, and feel more peace as they allow themselves to accept whatever feelings they happen to have at the time.

D) What Maintains the Fear of Flying?

There are three main factors that maintain the fear. These are the factors that need to be addressed to overcome aviophobia.

1) Anticipation
People who fear flying typically experience a lot of anticipation and dread in the days, weeks, and even months ahead of a scheduled flight.

The experience a lot of “what if” worry whenever the flight crosses their mind. They picture fiery catastrophes whenever they see a plane above them, or picture themselves “freaking out” during the flight. They constantly think about how to get around, or away from, this problem.

All too often, this anticipation causes them to worry, lose sleep, and cancel their plans to fly.

Relieving the negative influence of this anticipation is a key step in overcoming the fear of flying.

2) Avoidance
The more fear people feel, the more likely they are to stop flying altogether, or fly only when it’s practically unavoidable.

Each time they cancel a flight, or decide instead to schedule another driving vacation, they experience some relief from that avoidance.

This avoidance is addictive. They come to feel the avoidance has protected them in some way, and find that they become more and more phobic over time.

Reversing the avoidance, and getting some practice with what you fear, is another key step in overcoming the fear of flying.

3) Fighting the Fear
People who fear flying and yet manage to continue to fly often find it a baffling problem. I remember a businessman who said to me “I flew 100,000 miles last year. The last mile was scarier than the first. How is practice going to help?”

The key is that that man, and many others, fight against the experience of fear, every mile. Grabbing the armrest. Asking God to have mercy and spare the flight. Self medicating with alcohol. Wearing good luck charms, and so on.

If you fly in a white knuckle manner, struggling against the fear, this is not the kind of practice that will help you. You get where you want to go, that time, but that kind of flying strengthens and maintains your fear.

You need practice working with, rather than against, the fear.

E) The Best Ways to Conquer Your Fear

It’s a bit of a cop-out to tell someone with a phobia to simply change their mindset or to go out and buy a meditation book. For someone drastically scared of flying, breathing techniques and happy thoughts simply won’t cut it. Here is more reliable option:

– Fear of Flying Courses

If your fear of flying developed from a media misconception, the best way to overcome that fear is with education. We fear the unknown but if you learn the sights and sounds of an airplane you can begin to rationalize what is actually happening on board.

To overcome flying fears, start with a good look at what you’ve been doing when you respond to your fear.

People who want to overcome flying fears also try to help themselves by striving to feel “in control” of various aspects of the flight experience. Since, as a passenger, you don’t control anything about the flight, this striving for control will make you more afraid, not less.

1) Avoidance keeps our fears alive. The more that we avoid flying, the more we reinforce the idea that flying is dangerous. Several experiences of flying safely can help correct these thoughts. Exposure helps retrain our brain to stop sending fear signals when there isn’t a likely danger. One great exposure exercise that I prescribe to clients is to head to the local airport and count the number of flights that safely take off and land.

2) What will you be giving up if you do not overcome your fear of flying? Your ability to see your family? Your freedom to see the world and experience new cultures? A great job opportunity that requires travel? Are these things you are willing to give up?

3) Practice relaxation techniques. When we are faced with a perceived threat our body reacts in the “fight or flight” response. Physiological changes such as accelerated heart rate, sweating, tunnel vision and muscle tension take place to prepare us to run or fight the threat. From an evolutionary perspective, this quick activation system is necessary to react to immediate life or death situations. The problem is we continue to experience these same physiological changes in non-emergency situations such as flying. It is important to practice calming techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, positive visualization and others to counteract the fight or flight response.

4) Therapy can help! If a fear of flying is interfering with you ability to live your life, ask for help.