Travel | Row 13, where are you?

by - Thursday, July 12, 2018

Travel | Row 13, where are you?

For this week's travel post, I thought I'd talk about something slightly different than usual. Hope you like it!

The power of our mind is something quite impressive, yet, it can be easily tricked.
A nice example of that is how we perceive the number 13, or its absence.
This post actually popped to my mind during one of my last trips, while walking through the cabin aisle searching for my seat.

To be honest, I normally don't pay much attention to this, as I tend to seat on the same rows (at the back of the plane), but this one time, I think I had row 18 or something.
And then I noticed, the row numbers jumped from 12 to 14.
No row 13.

Airlines might be forced to play this trick or else, people wouldn't book a seat on row 13; no matter if you say you're not superstitious, probably you wouldn't book it, would you?

Now, the thing is: no matter how they name the rows, there is always, and I mean always a row number 13.
It actually made me laugh because this is a great example of how we can trick our mind (or the way we feel about something) just by not showing what we "are afraid of".

Buying a ticket for row 14, when there is "no row 13" is just simply "optical illusion. Unless the plane/train/bus whatever doesn't have more than 12 rows of seats.

Sorry, I may have forgotten to mention, how excited I get about numbers and mind tricks. hahaha

Now confess:
If there would be a row 13, would you book a seat there?
Or, would you avoid it?😏

Just remember, it's not possible to go from 12 to 14, skipping 13.
Row 14 will be the 13th row, no matter what. 😉

Think about it...
Let me know in the comments!

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  1. That is so true, as long as it says 14th row it will be in fact 13, but I have never thought about it that way. I have no trouble at all with the #13 and wouldn't mind if I had to be seated in the 13 row, or live on the 13th floor etc.

    1. Hi Lorean,

      It's quite interesting, isn't it?? haha
      Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!
      xo, B.

  2. Wow, really? I have never payed attention to that, but you can be sure that I'm going to check it in my next flight 😂 Anyway, I've never thought before that, even if there's no row 13, the row 14 will be the row 13... it's really interesting.
    Being sincere, I wouldn't mind booking a sit in the row 13. It's not something that I would intentionally do, but if I don't pay extra for choosing where to seat, and I end up in the 13 row... well, probably I wouldn't even notice

    1. Cool isn't it? hahaha Perhaps not all airplanes have this feature, but it's just nice to see how easily our brains can be tricked.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow I can't believe this is true! I've caught a lot of planes how on earth have I not noticed this before? haha

    See for me, I love the number 3 and 13 is one of my favourite numbers so I'd totally book a seat in row 13! Wouldn't have a problem at all with it.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Hi Julia,
      It's kind weird, isn't it? haha I am not sure if all airlines apply this "trick" though.
      Glad to know you're not superstitious and that the number 13 is one of your favorites!