Fear of flying is one of the primary barriers to a life of happy travel, yet courses designed to dispel that fear are abundant, affordable, and effective. You can even design one yourself, based on a typical program offered through many airlines and counseling offices. You’ll need to include these 3 easy steps.
Isn’t the internet great for finding answers? Unfortunately, it’s easy to come across bad advice here too. It’s all mixed in with the good stuff, which makes it hard to know the difference. And to make things even worse, the bad advice often has a kernel of truth hidden somewhere in the middle of all the hype and misrepresentation. But finding the truth is like looking for a needle in a haystack. You practically have to be a mental health professional or a recovering hodophobe to tease it out of all that fodder.
I just came across this article by Tim Trainor for the East Oregonian. It’s an interview with Roanne Van Voorst, world traveler, anthropologist, risk specialist, public speaker, author, trainer, rock climber, personal coach…well, the list goes on and on. She has fear, or has had it, about all these things, but she doesn’t let it hold her back, and that makes her a good role model for anxious travels.
Today I’m writing from a city that is strange to me. It’s big enough for wine bars and microbreweries, museums and traffic jams. It’s in the U.S. In fact, it’s in my own general region of the country, with the same warmish winter weather I left behind. Everybody speaks English. Everybody spends dollars.