Tips To Overcome Anxiety Of Travel
After years of uncertainty around travel, we are slowly starting to feel freer to explore and connect again with friends and family near and far. It’s common to have some hesitation and anxiety around travelling after so much distance, we’ve pulled together some tips to ease you back into your next adventure…
Start With Shorter Trips
Ease yourself into travelling with a shorter trip, this doesn’t need to be a big trip - it could be as little as a day trip to a nearby town or a weekend away. Familiarise yourself with being out of your comfort zone and experiencing different places, and the planning and prep that goes into any trip.
Understand Your Hesitation
Identify what's causing any anxieties and how you can minimise them when booking your trip. If it’s large crowds, try looking for off peak season deals or book a private AIRBNB rather than staying in a hotel.
Focus On The Positives & The Present
Anxiety is the irrational fear of the unknown, there will always be unknowns and what ifs that we can’t control. Shift your focus to the positives, the bucket list items you’ll be ticking off, the family and friends you’ll get to see and the life experience you’ll have.
With such a rise in people travelling, preparation is key more than ever. If you’re thinking of travelling either domestic or international then the earlier the better to prepare. Check your passport and action anything early to get that sorted, get any vaccinations necessary for where you are travelling, look at accommodation and flights to see what availability is like. Put together a travel budget, both pre-travel purchases and spending money while you’re away - it’s always beneficial to leave a little buffer budget for unexpected expenses or splurges.
Research where you are going and make a list of places and restaurants you want to visit. Pre-book tours, events and dinners if possible. Have an understanding of how you’re going to get around, what are the public transport offerings or car hire available - having these little things planned in advance will mean your holiday will run a little more smoothly.