When flying, the take offs and landings are enough to make me hyperventilate. But, I have to fly to get to the places I've visited. Luckily, I've found that taking some zanax before take off is enough to calm me and allow me to fly.
My worst flight? I had two.
The flight to Beijing that took just over 16 hours. We had a lot of wine.
My other was the flight to Egypt and back home. I developed food poisoning right after breakfast, shortly before we landed. I've never been so sick. And lo and behold, the same thing happened on the way back home. I don't even remember landing at JFK and spending the night in a hotel before flying home the next day.
Did it stop me? Heck no!
Water has always frightened me as well. Probably because I'm not comfortable swimming. Ironic that I've taken seven cruises. What they say is true. You really can't tell you're on a boat. Unless there's a big storm. In that case, dramamine and prayers.
What kind of traveler are you?