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Flying for beginners

Flying for beginners

So until recently I wasn’t really a seasoned flyer. I hadn’t even had a passport until I was 14, and even since then I have been to fewer than ten countries and never left Europe.

If you’re like me, sometimes you can be a bit of a nervous flyer. With practice I’ll admit it’s easier, but this year was a totally new experience for me travelling for the first time on my own. I had to fly to Poland by myself this year. Taking into account that I’m still only 18 and I had to change flights in Munich as well, let’s just say I was a little more than nervous.

This is completely normal as many students will do placements around the globe over their time at UCB, with lots of CAMs students going as far as America and tourism students going all over Europe.

There are a few simple things to make flying a little less unsettling for yourself:

  • Comfy clothes are a must. I know everyone wants to look nice travelling but I think comfort is probably the most important thing on a flight. A lot of online shops now have a loungewear section e.g. PrettyLittleThing and Missguided.
  • Sweets or chewing gum are great for take-off and landing as when your ears pop, this trick significantly reduces the pain.
  • Music is also great for ear popping. I usually play a loud song at full volume during landing as this is good for stopping your ears popping.
  • Buy before you get on the flight. I normally buy a bottled drink before I get on the flight as with all the drinks you only get a small amount.
  • According to my friend I’m weird because I always talk to people on the plane, but this is actually really settling and means you don’t get bored on the flight.

Anyways, the main thing about flying is to be prepared as if you fly on budget airlines like me, you’re gonna need to be prepared for screaming babies, someone that gets sick on flights or honeymooners kissing next to you!


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