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7 travel hacks to fly comfortably if you have fear of flying!

Do you feel nervous when you thought about flying in the air? Do your palms get sweat? I can understand you as I also feel the same when I thought of flying in the air. Then, what to do now? Well, I have figured out the ways to combat the nervousness. Check those tips which will surely help you in your next trip:

1) Keep yourself busy:

Only free mind can pay attention to nervousness! If you will be busy then there will be no time for you to think about all these things. So the foremost thing you can do is to keep yourself busy. You can read books, fill crossword, and play mobile games or anything which you find interesting. Keep yourself busy and occupied in some activities, these will not let you feel jetlag and nervous.

2) Own headphones and music:

No doubt soothing music can be a solution to 100 problems! If you don’t like reading then you can avoid your motion sickness by playing some good quality and your favorite songs. Sometimes you might get noise-cancellation headphone in the airplane but there is no harm in carrying your own.

3) Meditation and medication:

Meditation is a solution to many problems and one of them is nervousness. During the flight, whenever you feel nervous, you can try this beautiful art of yoga in an airplane. This will surely avoid your anxiety. And also if you feel that medicines can help to avoid nervous while flying then take medication only on doctor’s prescription. The most important fact is you should know how your body reacts to these medicines (medicines like anti-anxiety medication valium or Klonopin)

4) Avoid alcohol and caffeine:

There is a myth that alcohol will make you feel comfortable and solve your all problems but actually, it’s not like that. Instead, alcohol will increase your heart rate whenever you will be nervous and directly increase your nervousness too. Same is the case with caffeine; it will increase your nervousness and sweating in the palm. So, you should be particular about your food and drinks.

5) Engage yourself in talking:

Talking to your fellow passenger or cabin crew will make stable and stress-free. So, try to engage yourself in talking or look around on other passenger and see what they are doing. You can even play with small children to keep yourself busy.

6) Fly often:

Great saying: “if you want to get rid of fear, then you have to face it again and again”. Yes! Your First flight can be difficult but when you fly often you will be used to it. So, if you want to be comfortable throughout the flight then try to fly often.

7) Turbulence:

Generally, a nervous flyer cannot handle them in turbulence. To get rid of this fear first understands what turbulence is? It not dangerous at all and in fact it is the same as driving over bumpy roads while being in the car. The pilots are genuinely well-versed in handling situations like this. So instead of being panic you just have to sit quietly and focus on your breathing.

Top Travel Tips – Russia

If you are looking for a rich cultural vacation experience, then Russia would make a superb vacation destination. Russia is a massive country. It is actually twice the size of the USA. The culture in Russia is also very different to that of the United States, and as you may expect there is a lot to see and do, much more than you will ever be able to cover in a single holiday.

Russia has a rich history as a superpower, however they have gone through a lot of political changes and upheaval in the past few decades. All this makes Russia a fascinating country with a rich history and a unique culture, well worth visiting.

Travelers should be aware that there are a lot of problems with health and public infrastructure in certain parts of Russia, so it is best to assume, for example, that tap water is not safe to drink.

You don’t have to look very far to get satisfying answers about your travel questions for traveling to Russia. One excellent online resource is The U.S. State Department website. You will find great information and helpful tips for travel in Russia, such as the visa requirements for entering the country and more. Naturally, you cannot enter the country unless you have the proper documents such as a passport and visa. So be sure to comply with the visa requirements. It is an essential part of your Russia vacation planning. One important tip for travel in Russia is this. It could actually take at least two weeks to get your visa, so you need to plan properly. Failure to do so could mean that you may have to cancel your travel plans if your visa does not arrive on time. On the other hand, if you plan well and apply for your visa weeks in advance, you can get all the necessary travel documents in a timely fashion. Another important tip you need to know before going to Russia is that taxis in Russia very seldom use meters. You will need to negotiate with the taxi driver in advance. Failure to do this could result in a conflict or exorbitant fees, so bear this in mind.

Safety In Russia

While Russia is an interesting country with a lot of magnificent sights to see, there are some safety problems ‘ thieves are common, and there is a relatively high amount of violent crime. Some areas are safer than others, so it is a good idea to research the places you plan to visit before you leave, and take basic precautions such as keeping valuables out of sight and not carrying large amounts of cash.

Russia is a wonderful country with a rich heritage and some wonderful cultural institutions. The ballet companies are amazing, and there are some very good museums that everyone should try to visit while they are in the country.

Where to Eat in Rome During Holidays

There is a widely held misconception that during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Rome’s restaurants shut down and people who don’t have the luxury of eating at home are left to scavenge for food wherever they can get it. While one should expect some venues to be closed and many to embrace limited hours and prix fixe menus, visitors to Rome can eat very well during the holidays. It just requires a bit of planning.

To partake in the traditional Christmas Eve fish feast, head to Il Sanlorenzo, the best place in central Rome to find fresh, local and relatively sustainable fish. Il Sanlorenzo is open at lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

A short stroll away on via dei Giubbonari, Roscioli will be open for lunch only on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve.

For fine dining options, try Metamorfosi, which will be open at dinner on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, Pipero al Rex, which will be open at lunch and dinner on December 24, 25, 31, and at lunch only on January 1, or All’Oro, which will be open throughout the holidays.

For Roman fare, Cesare al Casaletto will be open for lunch only on December 25th, 26th and January 1st. Near the Vatican, Romeo will be open for lunch only on December 24 and for lunch and dinner on December 31. Flavio al Velavevodetto will be open for lunch on December 24, 25 and 31. Also in Testaccio, La Torricella is open for lunch on December 24. It is open December 24 for lunch, December 25 at lunch and dinner, and for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

For international cusine, try Mesob, which will be open throughout the holidays

A special event will take place at Vino Roma on December 25th at 6:00pm; Hande Leimer is offering a Christmas edition of her new tasting type Wine & Cheese Dinner, with an even more interesting wine selection. For booking and details, visit the Vino Roma site.

For craft beer check out Birra + in Pigneto, which will always be open, but will close at 8:30pm on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve, and Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’ in Trastevere, which will be open from the late afternoon every day this holiday season. These two watering holes are the only places on the list where reservations are not accepted and no food is served.

It is also worth noting that most Kosher restaurants in the Ghetto will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

You can get the portable version of this list by purchasing my app “Katie Parla’s Rome”, details here and be sure to call all venues in advance before turing up. While the aforementioned openings have been confirmed multiple times, non si sa mai (you never know what can happen!). Buone feste!

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