Despite the title of this blog post, I’m not insensitive to the fact that some people have travel anxiety. Heck, I get pre-travel anxiety all the time. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling it right now as I’m typing. In less than two weeks I will be traveling to Asia for the first time EVER! Very exciting, but a bit overwhelming.
There is a ton of stuff going through my head: Did I get all the necessary immunizations? Like who wants to get sick overseas... This flight is going to be super long! I have to pack for two climates, the Philippian tropics and China’s winter blast. Make sure my loved ones have my itinerary. Is the country safe? I have so much work to do before I leave…. And the list goes on and on. (Yes this is really how my mind processes things! Lol)
But, you know what? I refuse to let this anxiety get the best of me and ruin my adventure before it starts. I encourage all you out there to do the same. If you want to travel and see the world, don’t let the fear and unknown of travel get the best of you or make you a prisoner.
Here a few tips to handle travel anxiety:
1) Plan trips during “shoulder season”. If having too many people around brings on anxiety, it's usually less crowded before or after peak season. And you get the benefit of saving money because travel is usually cheaper!
2) Pack your most important items in your carry-on. This way you have a bit more control and they are less likely to be lost. Extra set of clothes, electronics, passport, toiletries and MAKEUP (this is very important, cosmetics are expensive) etc..
3) Create an itinerary. The unknown of visiting a new place can lead to anxiety. So make a plan for yourself and share it with your family and friends. Someone back home should know what you are doing. (Google Drive is our friend)
4) Let “Big Brother” know you are in the country. I know we dont usually like big brother watching us but in this case its necessary. Register with the U.S. Embassy or Apply for “Safe Traveler”
5) Pack sooner than later. I’m not saying pack two months before your trip, just not the day of… Get organized, create a packing list.
6) XANAX is your friend too. For those who have severe traveling anxiety, like flying for example, don't let this stop you from living. Talk to your doctor and get a script! Please!
7) Afraid of missing your flight? Get to the airport a whole EIGHT hours early (just kidding, 2 hours will suffice), have someone drop you off or just get TSA Pre-check! It is everything! https://www.tsa.gov/precheck
8) Throw the schedule out the window! I know this contradicts Tip 3 but sometimes planning too much can cause anxiety. Limit the number of activities, incorporate some downtime. After all, you are on vacation! Sheesh!
Alright Besties!!!!! I have given you a few tips that help me move beyond my anxiety. I hope it helps you because I don’t want you to let FEAR or the UNKNOWN stop you from living and experiencing all that is amazing about this world!
What tips do you have for easing travel anxiety?
Enjoy the Journey,
I’m Tahlee! (Tah-dee), the “L” is pronounced as a “D”, it means “successful journey”. The meaning of my name has become a reflection of my life. I live to travel and I’m always looking for an adventure. I will be sharing my travels with you, “my places, spaces and experiences”.
Enjoy the Journey