Travel can be an incredibly exciting and enjoyable experience, but it can also provoke a lot of fear and anxiety for some people. Around one in every 20 people has a fear of flying, otherwise known as aviophobia. But why do some of us have this fear? And how can we get over it?
Why do we have a fear of flying?
Several different factors can cause a fear of flying. Some people feel claustrophobic in the enclosed space of an airplane. Others are scared of heights or of the potential of crashing or hijacking. Beyond that, the process of flying can be stressful and scary for a lot of people – what if you miss your flight? What if the airline loses your bag? Even though all of these outcomes are very unlikely, they can produce a lot of fear.
On top of that, flying is an unfamiliar experience. Some people fly very regularly, but most of us don’t, and you’re much more likely to have a fear of flying if you haven’t done it many times. It can take some time to get used to the sights, sounds, and feeling of being in an airplane. Until flying feels commonplace, it can make us very uncomfortable.
How can you get over a fear of flying?
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