KruegerFlaps wrote:Hi once more, Allrite.
After reading your report I am pleased to see that you ended on a positive note. You still have a journey ahead of you but at least you're optimistic at this point.
I also enjoyed your "rant" about must-be-seen-with-selfie-sticks, although admittedly despite not knowing your age, I thought "aren't you a bit young to be getting old?"
Ryanair!!! wrote:I hear your rants about tourists. There are times, certain modern inventions are a convenience we don't dare to admit. For example, a selfie stick. I keep one in my bag just in case. I was in Stratford-Upon-Avon few months ago and I was walking past Shakespeare's home. I thought hmm let me take a selfie along the street outside. So I set up the selfie stick to take a snapshot and walking past me was an English couple who remarked "There goes another one with the stick..."
Obviously they didn't think I understood. So I looked at them and said "Indeed, it's called a selfie stick. You should try it sometime."
With mouths opened, they walked away embarrassed.
SonOfABeech wrote:Thanks for this, big fan of your trip reports.
jrfspa320 wrote:Thanks for the report..thats a long time in a Jetstar A320...not sure I could go for that long. I've done Perth-Singapore on Jetstar A320 (with another coming up..), that's as long as I can handle!
Japan looks great though, still yet to visit...spring would be ideal...I may have to try JAL when I get around to that one!
zubin wrote:A well written trip report.
I know how you feel about turbulence because I have started obsessing about it too. I don't remember doing so until 2015 when I had a number of flights during the Indian monsoon season that had some bad turbulence (notably an encounter with a thunderstorm whilst approaching Chennai in an ATR-72) This wasn't the first time I had experienced turbulence but since then, I haven't been able to get over it, especially the sweaty palms. CB's and TCU's are a common sight during the monsoon and there isn't much else during the months of June to mid-September and I tightly grip the handrests every time the aircraft enters the clouds. I guess I should do some more non-monsoon flying.
Looking forward to reading about your future trips!
outbackair wrote:Another very well written trip report. Thank you for your effort.
777Jet wrote:Wow! Another great TR!
The variety of pics and details are excellent.
Seeing the pic of the OneWorld CX A340-300 has made me want to attempt to log a 343 again
Ryan h wrote:Another great report and photos.
It will take a lot of convincing for me to fly LCCs on long international flights.
allrite wrote:My guts are churning with anxiety and I find myself dry retching in the bathroom shortly before we head for the gate.
It's more than that. We've flown Jetstar virtually every year since their inception. I know opinions vary, but we're comfortable with them and they have usually treated us very well. As I've said before, I wasn't travelling as an aviation nut on this trip.
After arguments between B and Alex last year over who got pillows and blankets we packed two small pillows and two old Jetstar fleece blankets. They used to come with the $10 amenities pack or for free in business, but last time in business they had supplied reusable cotton blankets that they took back at the end. I've no idea if things have changed again. We have unopened amenity packs at home.
I'd like to go back to being able to watch movies on flights. Instead I listen to Christopher Lloyd Clarke's Adrift on loop for almost the entire flight. It is electronic relaxation music and I find it really does relax me. I even drift off a few times.
My visual entertainment is the scenery outside. It really is a smooth flight with just a few little bumps here and there that don't bother me. At one point we skim past some big cumulonimbus clouds and I simply enjoy the spectacular sight.
allrite wrote:I do remember collapsing into bed at the Grand Mercure Roxy Square at the end of the flight, falling blissfully asleep to the sound of the storm that had flashed outside the aircraft windows on the way in. That was when I truly fell in love with that hotel.
allrite wrote:Haha! I have to admit that there are times when a selfie stick would be useful.
VapourTrails wrote:Hi allrite
Another great read, I wasn't sure just how it was going to end! I think you were still travelling as an aviation nut, we can tell.
Love the cosy family photos you've shared. Nice to look back on in years to come.
VapourTrails wrote:I laughed. I thought it was going to read, that is when I truly fell in love with aviation! When you were safely in the hotel on terra firma.
VapourTrails wrote:Japan is stunning. Thanks for showing us more beautiful photos here and your narrative. Definitely on the list. Japan and Singapore are my top two Asian travel destinations. I too love snow and have rarely experienced enough of the enjoyment of it.
VapourTrails wrote:I have never liked these, but now I find myself needing one! I will prepare myself for the adverse reactions LOL. Oh, and perhaps where you can and can't take them.
VapourTrails wrote:P.S. It is good that you can identify how your anxiety started, IMHO that is half the battle. This is mine: + =
Little devil appears to make my journey just nice and difficult and adrenalin pumping.
The sweaty palms still happen, even when I don't feel anxiety, especially just prior to landing.
Did they say anything on the course about taking anything like a herbal sedative, or drinking a small amount of alcohol on flight? I've tried both, as willing to throw anything at the problem.
Both, not together, but have had a positive albeit temporary effect. Even talking to oneself, for example for me, 'Oh, get over it'.
Watching a comedy or listening to audio of a great comedy is worth a try too as it shifts the mood, like the music you describe.
unrave wrote:Hi allrite
Thanks for a great trip report. I must tell you that you have quite a way with words. A few months back I followed the link to your blog and stumbled upon the report of your first trip abroad - that was quite a fascinating read. I sincerely hope that you overcome your anxiety of flying.
TN486 wrote:Fantastic as all ways mate. Good luck with your return trip, it will be a great thrill to travel those trains before they are pulled. What a shame they are going to be lost. Progress?? Anxiety of flying. You do heaps of it (flying that is) I admire your persistence.
TN486 wrote:Love the family snaps. That young son of yours will treasure them in years to come.
intothinair wrote:The initial motivation for most younger consumers to travel is to secure the highest amount of Likes, Shares and envious comments on social media. The release of dopamine is not sparked by the curiosity to travel, the cultures you are exposed to, or the new exciting experiences you are gathering. It is solely determined by how many likes your post on Instagram, FB or WeChat attains. Not getting the sufficient amount will result in depression during your holiday due to a non favorable ROI, the investment being the amount of money spent for the trip, the return being the amount of likes on your social account.
intothinair wrote:As such, in order for your Restaurant to be a success if located near Tourists hot spots, food presentation is far more important than the taste itself. Why? More Likes!
intothinair wrote:On a final note. I would encourage you to partake in the following experiment. In a non intrusive way, the next time you are at a major tourist hot spot, observe the amount of time the average younger tourists (18 - 25) spends taking selfies and subsequently editing them with 15 different filters vs the time spent actually tsking in the sight and taking an interest in what it actually is.
intothinair wrote:Welcome to the social media age.
bananaboy wrote:Really enjoy reading your trip reports..you have a great writing style and the photos are good. All the best for conquering your fear of flying.
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