If travelling is your passion, nothing should hold you back. Travelling opens our minds, keeps us healthy and inspires us through new experiences and cultures.
For many, however, the fear of heights is something which threatens to debilitate them while travelling. The fear of heights is natural; evolution and experience have taught us to be careful and a little wary of heights. These fears can seem unmanageable to some, so we’re looking into how you can use your love of travelling to combat your fears.
Why confront your fears?
Your travelling options can feel restricted when you’re afraid of heights, stretching from the fear of getting on a plane and flying high up in the sky to the range of tourist sights that you feel unable to experience in your luxury destinations.
Ultimately, if you can succeed in severing that chain holding you back, you will increase the opportunities realistically available to you. In addition to this, you’ll be doing wonders for your mental health. Fears and phobias can cause excessive stress and anxiety, not only when challenged with facing or experiencing them. Yet, if you can conquer those fears – you will likely begin to see small improvements in other aspects of your life.
How can you manage your fear of heights while travelling?
There are numerous tools and travelling tips which you can adopt to ensure your luxury destinations stays a luxury.
Flying can be an obvious cause for concern for those who fear heights, so it’s best to pick your seat strategically. For instance, request a seat in the aisle. Turbulence also isn’t pleasant for anyone, but the front of the plane is where you’ll feel it the least. If possible, ask to be as close to the front of the cabin as possible.
Most importantly, you know best what calms you or occupies your mind, so plan for that. This might be with the aid of a puzzle, music or even losing yourself in a movie for a while.
Lastly, speak up! Tell your travelling companions, the airline staff and tour guides about your phobia and they will likely try to ease your fears. Airline staff, in particular, have been trained to help those with anxiety while flying; don’t be afraid to speak to someone.
The best destinations to cure your fear of heights
Booking your summer holiday while navigating your fear of heights is no easy feat. However, there are a number of destinations which will force you to face your fears. Here is our rundown of the four greatest destinations to trial out your fear taming travelling tips, while climbing some of the world’s tallest landmarks…
The tourist mecca and business hub, Dubai, has sprouted up from the desert in the past 20 years – taking the title of the ‘world’s fourth most visited destination’ in 2018. The scenery is stunning, the shopping glamorous and the clubs buzzing.
Aside from the stunning backdrop to your Instagram profile, Dubai is home to some of the world’s greatest modern architecture and construction. Architecture that will, no doubt, help to calm your fear of heights.
The Burj Khalifa holds the title for the largest skyscraper in the world, peeking over the clouds and standing at a staggering 830 metres. Can you think of a better way to conquer your fears than to know that you have climbed the tallest building in existence?
The Burj Al Arab is another notable landmark, recognisable for its ship sail-like shape. Perched on a man-made island, this is the fourth tallest hotel in the world at 321 metres.
The concrete jungle of buildings old and new will, most definitely, help you confront your fear of heights. The iconic New York skyline is peppered with tall landmarks, and here are just a few of our favourites…
The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States, built in an effort to memorialise the original World Trade Center buildings. The observatory experience is ideal for those looking to dip their toes into climbing the tallest landmarks, providing unparalleled views safely from 546 metres in the sky.
The Empire State Building is another cultural icon, offering 360° views of New York from its Manhattan posting. Build and gain your confidence from 443 metres high. Last but certainly not least is Lady Liberty, standing at 93 metres high – the perfect starter building for your travels.
Barcelona’s architecture is quite the opposite of Dubai’s, peppered with long-established works of art. From ground level, you can bask in the artistic expression from artist Antoni Gaudi. However, to challenge yourself and strive to overcome your fears, you might try travelling to the top of La Sagrada Familia. While it might be 172 metres high, you’ll be surrounded by genius architecture to keep you entertained and occupied.
Italy is nothing short of ideal for those looking to expand their travels but aren’t quite ready to scale some of the tallest landmarks in the world just yet. Amongst the romance and delicious food, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, at 57 metres, is a friendly option to test the waters before building on your height conquering experiences. If that still sounds a little too much, explore the breathtaking Colosseum in Rome (standing at 48 metres) and indulge with the many gelato shops as a reward.
If your appetite has truly been whetted by the above destinations, you can find more information on our A-Z of holiday destinations.