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Flying can be scary for some, but consider that business travelers alone make more than 405 million long-distance air trips annually and if they can do so it, so can you. Plus, do you really want a fear of flying to cause you to miss out on your next great vacation? Read on to discover essential tips and book your next vacation at CheapTickets.com.

Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is super common. That doesn’t mean it’s any less troubling for those who experience it. The next time you’re taking a trip that requires TSA checks and overhead bins, try any or all of these 13 tricks to keep flight anxiety at bay.

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Make a Packing List
Avoid the “Oh crap, I forgot a phone charger” moment while in the security line.

Pack as Light as You Can
No one has felt relaxed schlepping three giant bags through the concourse.

Leave Comically Early
Sure, you might be bored once you’re through security, but you’ll feel so much better knowing you’ve built in a ton of wiggle room.

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Drink Water
In addition to helping you not get sick mid-flight, being hydrated makes you feel better all around. 

But Not Alcohol
It has the reverse effect of water and makes you dehydrated.

If You Can, Sit at the Front of the Plane 
The back of the cabin usually experiences turbulence more than the front does, so if you can, stick closer to the pilot.

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Distract Yourself
Whether that means downloading a season of Modern Family onto your iPad, stocking up on episodes of a hilarious podcast like “2 Dope Queens” or packing an adult coloring book, keep yourself busy with basically anything you find enjoyable.

Acknowledge That You’re Anxious
Stress happens, and avoiding it won’t make it go away. The sooner you accept the way you’re feeling, the sooner you can work to combat that feeling.

Take Deep Breaths
When done correctly, it really does calm you down. Breathe very slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat and feel better. (And angle that little personal AC vent on your face.)

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Befriend the Flight Crew
This might not always make a difference, but if you’re afraid of flying, tell the flight attendants. Chances are, as long as you’re polite about it, they’ll understand and try to make you as comfortable as possible.

Learn How Planes Work
Knowledge is power. Before your next flight, learn how planes actually fly. This will normalize the event and make it a whole lot less mysterious (read: unpredictably scary).

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Element 5

Seek Professional Help
If your flying anxiety gets to the point where you’re losing sleep over it or feeling physically ill, consider seeing a psychiatrist, who can prescribe an antianxiety medication that will ease the pain of flying tremendously.

Think Happy Thoughts
Are you going on a tropical vacation? Flying to see friends or family? Think about the great things that await you on the other side of your flight and focus on the destination instead of the journey.

This article was from PureWow and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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This week’s flights on the cheap are coming from Delta Air Lines and American Airlines! Fabulous round-trip flight deals to sunny LA or sultry Las Vegas are at your fingertips when you travel from August 17 through November 17, 2010.

Delta flights on sale through July 29, 2010, to WestPalm Beach, New York City and more:

  • Denver to Salt Lake City: $78
  • Los Angeles to Las Vegas: $98
  • San Fransisco to Los Angeles: $98

American Airlines flights on sale to West Palm Beach, New York City and more:

  • Chicago to Atlanta: $138
  • Washington to Miami: $198
  • Orlando to Chicago: $188

This sale ends soon, so book fast to score with these sweet flight deals. See individual flight sales for complete terms and conditions.

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Hunting for cheap flights? Find ’em right here with our weekly roundup of the best airfares around. This week, we’ve got the spotlight on the just-launched AirTran Airways 72-hour sale!

Travel by AirTran and you can save big on cheap flights from coast to coast, and to island locations like Nassau and San Juan.  Book your flight by May 20, 2010, and  travel through November 10, 2010, for cheap airfares like these:

  • Orlando to Nassau: $88
  • Chicago to Miami: $198
  • New Orleans to Boston: $180

See the AirTran Airways sale for complete terms and conditions.

For additional sales, check out more flight deals now.

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Looking for cheap flights? We’re excited to bring you this first post as part ofa weekly roundup of the best flight deals around. This week we’ve got news on the hottest airfare sales and cheap flights to destinations like Nassau, New York City, and Paris.

Air Tran Airways: Ends today–huge savings on U.S. airfares Save big on flights across the U.S. and beyond with the latest sale fares from AirTran. Hurry — this last-minute deal ends today, April 20, 2010, at midnight! Travel through November 10, 2010, to grab round trip fares like these:

  • Atlanta to Charlotte: $88
  • Chicago to New York City: $182
  • Orlando to Nassau: $88

American Airlines: cheap flights to Europe Fly to Europe for less with the latest fare sale from American. Book by April 23, 2010, depart April 5 – April 30, 2010, and return by May 15, 2010.  Sample round-trip air fares include:

  • Washington to London $520
  • Chicago to Paris: $764
  • Los Angeles to London: $662

For more details or to see all available sales, check out more flight deals now.

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cheap flightsMaybe you don’t get an official Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Spring weather makes it a good time of year for vacations to so many places, and cheap flights like these are just another reason to go. Whether you want to see a show in Las Vegas, shop ’til you drop in New York or relax in sunny Hawaii, these cheap flights can get you there.

United sale on Honolulu flights: Honolulu — home to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head crater, surfing, shopping, nightlife and more. Now, you can get there for less. Book your cheap flight by April 8 for travel through May 23. Check out these sample round-trip airfares:

  • San Francisco to Honolulu: $498
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Honolulu: $697
  • Chicago to Honolulu: $708
  • Denver to Honolulu: $638

AirTran big flight sale: Visit family, hit the beach, plan a girls’ getaway in the city — AirTran Airways’ sale has cheap flights to cities across the country. Book by April 2 for travel through November 16. Here’s a sample:

  • Chicago to Miami: $188
  • Boston to Los Angeles: $198
  • New York to Las Vegas: $198
  • San Francisco to New York: $198

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cheap flightsThe AirTran big flight sale has round-trip airfares starting from $88, and today is the last day to save on cheap flights to cities across the U.S. and in the Caribbean.

Cheap flights are your ticket to travel, whether you want a warm-weather vacation or a big-city weekend getaway. Here are some sample sale airfares:

  • Orlando to Nassau: $88
  • New York to San Francisco: $188
  • Chicago to Miami: $178
  • Detroit to San Juan: $196
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Washington: $196

These cheap flights are good for travel through November 16, but today is the last day to book tickets.

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cheap flightsSpring into the season with cheap flights to your favorite destination. Spring is a great time to stroll along the lake in Chicago, window shop on New York’s famous streets, or vacation just about anywhere and enjoy the outdoors.

Take advantage of cheap flights with the United sale on spring flights now through March 22. Here are some of the cheap flights that may inspire you:

  • Boston to Las Vegas: $188
  • San Diego to Fort Myers: $194
  • New Orleans to New York: $168
  • Raleigh/Durham to Boston: $98
  • Atlanta to Chicago: $148

Book your cheap flight by March 22, 2010, for travel between April 12 and May 27.

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Palm trees and tropical breezes arecloser than you think with cheap flights to Hawaii. It’s Hawaiian Airlines exclusive Hawaii sale on CheapTickets.

Now is the time to plan a cheap Hawaii vacation to Maui, Honolulu, Kauai or the Big Island. Cheap flights like these make it easy:

  • Seattle to Kauai: $294
  • San Jose to Kona: $358
  • San Francisco to Honolulu: $358
  • Portland, OR, to Maui: $362
  • Los Angeles to Honolulu: $344

Cheap flights shown are sample round-trip fares, good for cheap Hawaii vacations April 13 through June 10, 2010. Hurry, this exclusive flight sale ends March 24.

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Eating gelato in Rome. Visiting museums in Barcelona. Seeing a show in London. Make it happen with cheap flights to Europe.

American Airlines’ sale on Europe flights means cheap flights to the destinations you’ve been dreaming about. With this airfare sale, cheap flights start at just $394 round trip from Tampa to London. Other sample cheap flights include:

  • Boston to Barcelona: $430
  • Denver to Madrid: $514
  • New York to London: $418
  • San Francisco to Madrid: $516
  • Houston to London: $464

If you want to do Europe on the cheap, flights this this can’t be beat. Sale ends March 16.

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Ready, set, fly! Book that trip you’ve been wanting to take with cheap flights on AirTran Airways.

cheap flightsThe AirTran big sale on flights has round-trip fares as low as $88 between Orlando and Nassau. Check out other sample cheap flights, including:

  • Denver to Miami: $178
  • New York to Los Angeles: $178
  • Seattle to Jacksonville, Fla.: $188
  • Chicago to Orlando: $148
  • Boston to Baltimore: $98

The lowest price on cheap flights is for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, though sale prices are available for flights other days of the week. So pick your favorite destination and find your cheap flight. But hurry, sale ends Feb. 9.

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