Hi, my name is Jill. After my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, we decided that we didn't want him to spend his last few remaining years sitting around. Instead, we decided to start travelling. We travelled using many different types of transportation, and throughout our sometimes challenging adventures, I learned how to deal with transportation and Parkinson's. To help others who are in the same boat (transportation pun intended), I decided to create a blog devoted to transportation and chronic illnesses or disabilities. In these posts, I plan to look at everything from choosing transportation to travelling safely. Please, explore my blog and enjoy your travels!
Whilst sometimes, it is perfectly fine to use public transportation to go to the airport, there are situations in which it is better to take a taxi. Here are two such situations.
You suffer from motion sickness
Motion sickness is a condition that causes a person to feel extremely nauseous (and to sometimes vomit) when they are subjected to any type of repetitive swaying motion. Sufferers experience the symptoms of this illness most frequently when using modes of transportation like cars, trains and buses. If you have this condition, then it is definitely best to choose a taxi as your mode of airport transportation.
The reason for this is that if you get ill whilst you're taking a bus or a train to the airport, you won't be able to get off the vehicle for a few minutes to get some fresh air or to be sick, as if you do, you will have to wait for the next bus or train, which could lead to you missing your flight. Instead, you will simply have to suffer through this experience, feeling extremely ill whilst surrounded by lots of strangers. This could be very distressing.
Conversely, if you take a taxi and arrange for it to collect you a bit earlier than is necessary, any motion sickness you experience will be far easier to cope with. For example, if you start to feel nauseous, you can ask the taxi driver to pull over for a few minutes to allow you to get out of the car and take a few deep breaths. You can do this without running the risk of missing your flight (due to the fact that you set off early) or worrying about lots of other people watching you get sick.
You sometimes experience travel anxiety
Lots of people experience travel anxiety. If this is the case for you, then it is definitely worth taking a taxi to the airport rather than using any other mode of transportation, as taking a taxi can eliminate a lot of the stressors that can lead to a bout of travel anxiety.
For example, you won't have to face any loud, potentially boisterous crowds of people on a busy train or bus or deal with the stress of your bus arriving late and you then having to run to your gate to catch your flight when you finally arrive at the airport.
Instead, you can spend the quiet, peaceful journey in the taxi doing relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing or meditating) that will make it easier for you to feel calm when you face the next stage of your journey.