I'm British but living in Australia and planning my next visit home.
I love to travel, but long-haul flights are an ordeal for me. I suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia which begins its onset a few hours into the flight. Not only does it feel like the plane is getting smaller and smaller, but it feels as though everyone around me is invading my personal space. And then they turn the lights out and it gets a hundred times worse. I travel alone which means there's always a stranger sitting beside me, which doesn't bother me in itself but when people fall asleep they... sprawl. And I always find someone's elbow in my space, or their kid's feet on my lap. This isn't just uncomfortable, it causes me a great deal of anxiety. Additionally, the noise and bustle of the economy cabin just adds to the problem.
So I'm wondering if there's anyone out there with similar problems to mine who might be able to advise whether Premium Economy would help to alleviate some of this stress? I will probably be flying with Cathay Pacific (for the first time) as it's the most direct flight from my location, but if other airlines have better PE I'd consider a detour. While priority boarding and champagne are nice bonuses, for me this is about personal space and a calmer atmosphere. It's a lot of money to spend, so I'd like some opinions on whether traveling PE will help in my circumstances.
Thanks in advance for any advice!