By Shaun Busuttil @shaunbusuttil06 Sep 2017You wake up in a cold sweat – thank god it was just a nightmare, you utter to yourself. It’s only 4am, and you’ll need to be up in a few hours to get to work, so you try to go back to sleep. But you can’t, and now you’re dreading heading into the travel agency today. And it’s totally understandable too, considering what you’ve just been through… Flightmare |ˈfʌɪtmɛː| noun A frightening or unpleasant dream that takes place in the travel agency: I had flightmares last night after the expo. They come to you in the night and leave you shuddering under the sheets, curled up in the foetal position. Thankfully, flightmares aren’t real, but that doesn’t mean that can’t scare the absolute bejeezus out of you. But just like regular dreams, flightmares contain a rich world of symbolic meaning that, if you decode them, can help you become a better travel agent and learn more about yourself in general. In today’s article, we’re going to get all analytical on the fascinating world of flightmares and help you make sense of what they’re trying to tell you. Here are five of the most common symbols or situations agents encounter in their flightmares and what they mean. 1. YOU’VE SPELT THE PASSENGER’S NAME WRONG ON THEIR TICKET Dreaming of spelling a customer’s name wrong means that your subconscious is trying to tell you that your life currently lacks balance and that you’re not giving yourself time to unwind: the mistake you made of not spelling the customer’s name correctly in the flightmare is a symptom of an overworked, overstressed mind. Thus it also means you’re currently taking too much work on and that perhaps you need to choose your customers. 2. YOU CAN’T FIND THE GATE FOR YOUR FLIGHT Flightmares where you’re at an airport and you can’t find your gate often means that you’re currently searching for something in your life. Usually it refers to romantic partners, but it can also mean that you’re looking for a suitable house or car to purchase. The anxiety that accompanies these bad dreams is energy that you should be channeling into exercise or creative pursuits. You need to be patient and trust that you’ll find what you’re looking for all in good time. 3. YOU WAKE UP IN BED NEXT TO YOUR COLLEAGUE/BOSS Wait, are you sure this is actually a bad dream? Ha! But seriously, flightmares that feature people you work with often foretells of a blossoming friendship between you and them – usually platonic, but of course this can bloom into something of a more romantic nature. It’s a positive sign, and means that you enjoy working with them. 4. YOU CAN’T REMEMBER YOUR LOGIN DEETS If you dream that you can’t remember your usernames and passwords at work, then you should definitely take a step back and remember why it is you got into the travel industry in the first place. Dreams of this sort mean that you’re forgetting the bigger picture of why you became a travel agent in the first place (e.g., because you love travel and want to share that love with people), and instead focusing on everything else that comes with the job (e.g., targets, systems, etc.). 5. YOU HAVE A RUDE AND/OR ABUSIVE CUSTOMER AT YOUR DESK Finally, if your flightmares often feature rude or abusive customers, then this may be your subconscious telling you that you currently have unexpressed anger or rage bottled up inside and that you need to find a healthy outlet to release it all. We often project our own internal issues onto others, and an abusive customer in a dream may just be a mirror to how we are felling inside. Again, exercise will help here. Tell us about your worst ever flightmare – what happened and how glad were you when you woke up that it was all just a bad dream? Other stories you may like Is this whole travel agent thing really that hard?