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Practical Steps to Get Over a Fear of Flying

As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we book international destination weddings and honeymoons and trips oversees daily.  As you know, the only way to get there from South Carolina is by plane.  One of the most notorious phobias known to man is the fear of flying. Boarding a plane only to see a fellow passenger fretting or panicking isn’t really as rare or strange a sight as you might think.

No few people suffer from this phobia but it’s very possible to beat this fear and sit through your next flight with as much confidence as the pilots flying the plane. Here are a few simple steps you could try. They have been proven to work and we didn’t just choose them randomly:

  • Know Your Triggers: Knowing and acknowledging the source of a problem is the first and most appropriate step to finding a solution to such problem. Most of our emotional actions or reactions are triggered by particular situations or factors. In your efforts to overcome flight fear, it is best to first of all identify the exact reason or reasons why you have such fear. The thing is, these reasons vary with different people.  For some, it might be memories of past experiences; for others, it might be unhealthy body sensations. There are even people who are just simply afraid of something, with no logical reason whatsoever. Nonetheless, it is advisable you try to find out what triggers your fear and whether it is peculiar to you.

 

  • Conquer Those Triggers: Once you have discovered the real reason why fear plagues you, try as much as you can to conquer it. Most times, you can do this by acquiring sufficient knowledge about the issues, disabusing your mind from every wrong information you might have harbored on it and making conscious efforts to rise above the emotions such issues evoke in you. At this stage, you can also seek the help of a professional psychologist to help you defeat these triggers.

 

  • Develop Your Confidence: After you have discovered and conquered the true reasons why you have a phobia for flights, little flickers of confidence begin to set into the mind. Try to fan these flickers to become stronger and more solid. You can do this by getting acquainted with the built-in safety features of planes, taking flying lessons, visiting the cockpit before the plane takes off, etc.

 

  • Get Logical: Fears are on most occasions, illogical. As a matter of fact, it feeds off your sensitivity. So it is a good thing to exercise logic in your fight against fear of flying. For instance, it is better to ascertain the credibility of things you hear about flights and make sure they’re indeed fact before believing them. The same applies to any other disturbing information you hear about flights. This way, you will be able to reach more logical and concise decisions when traveling by air. This is one sure way to boost your confidence when flying.

 

Remember, there is no better way to overcome your fears than to gain exposure into them. This can only be achieved when you repeat the experience time and again, regardless how terrible it could be for you. With these simple steps, we can honestly say you’re already on your way to conquering your fear of flying.

If you’re ready to try out your wings and fly (well, not literally your wings but you get what we mean) lol, and get married in Tahiti or take a river cruise somewhere exotic, then give us a call.  We’re here to answer all of your questions as well as book you the trip of a lifetime.

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What It’s Like to Cruise on the Rhine River

Rhine River at nightThe Rhine River is Europe’s longest and most important river. With over 800 miles of navigable water and ports in 6 different countries, the Rhine River is ideal for both first-time river cruisers, as well as seasoned pros.

Whether it’s your first river cruise or your hundredth, the Rhine River is a great option for an incredible river cruise experience. Let’s take a closer look at everything a Rhine River cruise has to offer. Continue reading…

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10 Items You Really Need to Pack When Going on a River Cruise (Part 1)

Cruise trips can be an exhilarating, exciting, and truly unforgettable experience – but since it doesn’t happen every day that you leave for a river cruise, you might have some questions regarding the pre-travel preparations.

What are the things you should really make sure to pack when going on a river cruise, for example?

We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Comfortable clothes for the day. You want to look really great even during the daytime, when you are not necessarily elegant – but that doesn’t mean you should feel uncomfortable. Deck shorts and button-down shirts are a must when going on a river cruise, precisely because they strike the perfect balance between casual and stylish.
  • A formal attire. Speaking of fancy dinners, it is highly recommended that you pack a formal attire as well. It might not be your regular go-to type of clothing when you are away, but you don’t want to feel underdressed when having dinner in one of the fancy restaurants (on deck or in the ports you will visit).
  • Bathing suit. Since your cruise ship will most likely have a pool, you want to make the most out of it – and for that, you need a bathing suit. Our advice is to include this in your carry-on, just in case you want to take a quick swim before all your luggage is delivered to your room.
  • Sunscreen and after-sun lotion. You may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you are allowed to not take care of your skin! Protect it from the negative effects of sunlight by applying a proper amount of sunscreen on your body (even when you are not sunbathing per se). Also, pack some sort of after-sun lotion or Aloe Vera gel to handle any potential sunburns (in case you forget to cover yourself in sunscreen).

 

Want to learn more about the other items you really need to make sure you pack when going on a river cruise? Stay tuned for our next blog article this week!

 

Looking for a vacation that will change your life? Contact Journeys of a Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, and allow us to be the ones who help you create the most amazing memories ever. Contact us and you will never regret it!

 

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Top Tips for Choosing a River Cruise

choosing a river cruiseFor every type of traveler out there, there’s a different type of river cruise to suit their unique taste. You see, river cruises are all vastly different — and we’re not just talking about the location.

Choosing to go on a river cruise instead of an ocean cruise is just the first step in planning your getaway. After that, you get to move onto the fun part and decide which river cruise is right for you.

You need a cruise that moves at your pace, fits in your timeline, caters to your interests, and exceeds your expectations. As you’ve heard before, it’s not always about where you’re going, but how you get there.

Before you buy your tickets and put your vacation on the calendar, follow our top tips for choosing the perfect river cruise for you.

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Comparing Popular River Cruise Lines

Comparing river cruisesAs river cruising continues to grow in popularity as a vacation option, the number of different river cruise lines expands as well. There are now dozens of river cruise lines, many of which offer very similar itineraries and amenities, and all of which have multiple ships in their fleet and a wide variety of cruise destinations and routes—making the planning of the cruise considerably less fun than the taking of the cruise.

We understand that these vacations don’t come cheap, and therefore it’s imperative that you make the exact right choice for this dream vacation of yours. To help you sift through the information and keep everything straight, we compared our top 5 preferred cruise lines on 10 criteria to help you find the best match for your budget and cruise style. Here are the facts:

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River Cruise Price Comparisons

moneyIt can be so frustrating when you’re trying to plan your dream vacation, only to discover that you can’t find any information online because places want you to call or schedule an appointment for details.

We want to do everything we can to help make vacation planning fun and easy—right down to doing everything for you if you want—so we’ve pulled together this river cruise price comparison guide to help you find the best fit for your budget, or at least help you get an idea of how much you need to save up for your trip of a lifetime.

Since comparing every little detail cruise-line-by-cruise-line would keep you here all day, we’ve kept everything focused on the big picture and we’ve broken the pricing down by destination instead:

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How to Make the Most of a River Cruise

luggageBetween waking up in a new city every day, immersive itineraries, and a small enough guest list that everyone on board feels like family, river cruising is unlike any vacation you’ve ever been on (unless of course, you’ve taken a river cruise before).

We’re glad you stopped by to find tips for maximizing your river cruise vacation—for many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we want to make sure you get your money’s worth in experiences and memories.

Without further ado, here are our tips for making the most of your river cruise:

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