As a child I traveled by car rather than by plane. After all, it was more convenient and cheaper at that moment. So why should we take the plane from Belgium to southern Italy when we were driving around in Italy eventually? By doing this, we have seen many landscapes that I would never have seen when I went by plane. However, this doesn’t mean that I chose to go by the car rather than a plane. No, my dream was to travel as much as possible by plane. I admired these devices and always dreamed that I was in it (now I’m certain that these devices are bad for the environment, I choose to limit them). Until this dream became reality. That is how I took my first flight to Funchal once, so many years ago. This city is located on the Portuguese island, Madeira. The night before my first flight I could hardly sleep from the nerves, let alone eat. But still I went to the airport with my head up high to my unknown, but favorite means of transport: the plane. I’ve been in a lot of planes since then.
Many of us are afraid to travel by plane. I was fortunate that I hadn’t developed a fear of it, after such a robust landing in Funchal. The runway of Madeira is so short that it is quite frightening. Nevertheless, I have retained my passion for flying. In addition, I have also kept a collection of miniature aircraft. These miniatures serve as a reminder of both that flight and a reminder that I sometimes have to leave my comfort zone.
But what do you do if there is a flight scheduled soon and you have never flown? What do you need to know? Or do? How on earth do you have to walk through the security without stress? I’ll explain it to you today!
Documents above all, almost
Nothing is worse than arriving confidently at the airport and suddenly come to realize that you have forgotten several documents. At that moment the stress strikes, believe me. Fortunately, there is now an online check-in, but you are still in trouble if you do not have the requested papers with you. Use the stressful time before the trip to double check everything once again. Documents that can be important:
- Insurance policy (book before trip)
- Drivers License
- Medical record, if necessary
Know what’s allowed
There are various ways to find out what is allowed and what is not. The best way, however, is to search directly on the website of the airline you are flying with. On the official website you will soon find answers to questions such as: how big can the luggage be, what is allowed in the hand luggage, how many ml of liquids, etc.? You can quickly fall into the trap and put too many kilograms in your suitcase so you can’t spend more kilograms on your way back home. So be sure to keep this site in mind for updates, FAQs and so much more.
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Partnership is key
If you choose to fly with two or more, a heavy load can be taken off your shoulders. Especially if these people have already had a good flight before. For example, I found the security passage and takeoff the most frightening for the first time. With the help of my mother (who had already flown before) I was quickly reassured. This is about something that is being empowered: not your fear, but someone that supports you despite your fear.This is about something that is being empowered: not your fear, but someone that supports you despite your fear.Click To Tweet
If you choose or if you are obliged to fly alone, it can help that someone drops you off at the airport. This has become a tradition when I am going to do a solo trip. Despite the fact that I love flying, it remains exciting every time. Having someone that gives you the courage before you go through security can do a lot. So bring your best friend, or someone you trust and trust that you can do this.
Hours before boarding
In order to limit the nerves, it is best to arrive 2 to 3 hours (for long flights) at the airport or even earlier, depending on what is on your ticket. Once you have received your ticket at the desk, you have checked in any luggage, passed the security and found your gate, it is soon time to board. This means that people from the airline company will come to check you in to allow you to board the plane. Sometimes you can walk to the plane by foot, sometimes you have to take the bus to the plane.
Information on board
Once you are on board the plane, you will already find brochures and a safety sheet in the seat box in front of you. The brochure is best read when you are in the air, so you can kill the time while flying. And although it depends on when the cabin crew (the staff) starts to discuss safety – usually when the plane starts to drive to where it should take off – you can read the safety sheet so you already have an idea about 1: what the plane looks like and where the exits / toilets are and 2: it never hurts to know twice, now does it? They also say how long your flight is and where you’re going: ‘big surprise!’.
Turbulence in the air
When the plane starts to drive and turn over the roads of the airport, you start to feel little shocks. In addition to the shocks on the road, you also have turbulence in the air. This can have various causes, for example unexpected movements in the air and cold or warm weather fronts. Sometimes this can be mentioned in time, but usually it is unexpected. Do not forget to click your seat firmly here and stay relaxed: the pilot knows what to do.
Airport of arrival
You usually have different courses: international arrivals, flight, stopover, etc. Find out in advance where you land and how you have to go from there. I don’t know how it works for the USA when you arrive there, although my followers say that you have to put your hand on a screen, take a photo and answer questions before you get a stamp on your international passport. Soon I will tell my own experience about this, because I am leaving for Los Angeles on November 5th! For intermediate flights you usually stay in the secure environment so you don’t have to go through the security line again.
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