Hello, hello anxious travelers. It’s great to “see” you again. As I thought about what I wanted to do differently this year on our YouTube channel and here on our blog, I decided on giving some Travel Tips on Tuesdays for those who are a little less adventurous but wanting to stretch outside their comfort zones. I, personally, fall into this category. Although my better half, Josh, is a thrill seeker, I am very cautious and terrified of planes; plus, I get very anxious when I’m far from home. In an attempt to help you and I overcome travel anxiety, I am crafting a weekly segment or series where I provide to you free advice on what I do in order to #TravelWithoutFear. This week let’s ask ourselves two questions.
What heightens your anxiety?
I don’t like the idea of putting all my trust and my entire life into the hands of strangers; I don’t know the pilot or the crew, so how can I trust them to fly me thousands of miles away at over 500 miles per hour? I like to be in control. I like to know every detail of everything. I’ll admit its draining, but I like to be in the know and in charge.
Let me just say you’re not alone.
I also don’t really like going to new places, which is what they refer to as geographical anxiety. As much as I adore diversity and learning new cultures, I wish they’d come to me instead of me having to go to them. I just don’t enjoy travel. There. I said it. I start to feel homesick and think, “What if something happens while I’m away? I won’t be able to get home for x number of hours.” It’s something I do. I torture myself in thinking the worse of any situation. I’m tired all the time.
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How does your appreciation for adventure outweigh your fear and anxiety?
Basically, why is it worth it? There are a ton of reasons!
Luckily for me, I hardly ever travel alone, since Josh and I travel together. So, Josh and I grow stronger as a couple when we go on our adventures. It’s like we gain a chapter in our figurative book and it keeps us from staying stagnant as partners. Every person we meet and every place we explore becomes a memory. I always look forward to this time to unplug, as well. To overcome travel anxiety is to overcome your doubts.
If traveling alone, maybe there is something you love that you can put in place of your fear. If you love history, maybe the museums and architecture make the trip worth it. Maybe you love nature photography and so visiting beautiful landscapes makes the trip worth it. If you’re like me, the people and natives are worth the journey. I LOVE hearing about people’s experiences; I probably should have been a psychologist or a reporter or something like that.
Whenever we travel, we try to meet as many people as we can just so we can hear their stories; as a good friend of mine says, “We are all walking narratives.” When you overcome travel anxiety, you are freeing yourself! And trust me, I know it’s easier said than done, which is why I’m taking a few minutes every week to work on myself through these tips. I figure, I want to overcome travel anxiety and, if you want to, you can join me in making 2019 the year we #TravelWithoutFear.
To add on, I really like the idea of having friends in every part of the world. We’re here for such a short amount of time, I don’t want to miss out being a part of someone’s life and they a part of mine because of fear. Begin to overcome travel anxiety with me!
TIP! Did you know that sometimes what you eat can help reduce anxiety?
Now it’s your turn.
What heightens your anxiety, and how does your appreciation for adventure outweigh your fear and anxiety? Comment below.
Here’s to hoping you have a peaceful day!