How to deal with travel anxiety at the airport

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you read my last post about travelling to Athens solo and seen my anxiety article, you'd know going to places on my own isn't my strongest point. It took a whole lot of courage to get to this stage and actually do it, so I wanted to share my best tips with you all, to anyone who either suffers from anxiety, has a fear of travelling alone or is a bit nervous about an upcoming trip.

Easyjet plane in the sky

Whether you're new to travelling or feel anxious about your next trip, here are my best tips on how to deal with travel anxiety at the airport.

Have a rough plan for your trip

One of the things I found to put my mind at ease was planning every bit of my solo journey at the airport to Greece. For instance, I made a list of what I needed to do at the airport before boarding and kept myself busy so I didn't have time to get worked up. I treated myself to a Pret breakfast, put my makeup on and unwinded flicking through a magazine, prior to departure, keeping my mind busy.

 I planned out in my mind when I got off the plane to go through security and walk out to find my aunt. With set goals and things, I knew I had to do, gave me things to focus on rather than my mind being left astray with worry.

Bring distractions to keep your mind busy

On the plane or when chilling at the airport, distractions will give your mind something to do if worry begins to sink in or time isn't passing by. I'm an avid book reader so always bring along a book for the plane ride. Magazines are a good shout if you'd love something just to flick through or mini colouring books are easy to travel with. 

I take my headphones everywhere to either listening to my favourite albums or the calming apps, in case an anxiety attack strikes., Headspace and Relax lite are both apps that help with your breathing and play soothing music, essentially relaxing you.

Wear comfy clothing 

Short or long haul flight, comfort is key when you're stuck in the same seat for a long time. I always like to wear something cosy, whether that's a jumper and gypsy pants or a dress, whichever is easy to sit in for a long period. 

A travel pillow is another essential for pure comfort and ease, especially if you're like me, finding it difficult to sleep on planes. On the flight I just had, my best friend bought me a travel pillow and it was the most amazing thing ever - I was actually able to sleep there and back! A scarf or really long cardigan is perfect also to snuggle up when you're feeling tired.

Take your 'comfort blanket' or home comforts

Being an anxious person, I always find travelling that extra bit easier when I have some homely comforts with me or my 'safety blanket' of friends. As I was travelling alone, I made sure to wear my trusty travelling jumper I put on for every trip. This gave me a little reassurance that I had my comforting item along for the ride.

Let the excitement take over 

Easier said than done, but when the worries are taking over, you can never really feel the excitement and adventure that lays ahead for a trip. Instead of focusing on everything that could go wrong on the journey/trip, think of all the exciting things you'll see, memories you'll make and the fun which is coming. 

Worrying takes the joy away from every situation and even though anxiety can take control, you have every power to control it. Let the excitement build up and tear your anxieties down.

Travelling and experiencing new adventures makes my heart soar. Over the past year, I've visited so many new places and I'm incredibly grateful. Yes, I suffer from anxiety but I haven't let it take over my desire to travel and see new things. I'm not anxiety, I'm Della, an avid traveller and dreamer. I want to see the world and won't let anxiety stop me. You can do this. You can do whatever you put your mind to! Create those stories, make unforgettable memories and be brave.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your best tips for tackling travel anxiety?

Thank you for reading <3


  1. only recently I've found I've been super anxious about travelling so this was super helpful!

    1. You can do it Soph! I'm glad these tips were helpful xx

  2. Such a great idea for a post! I definitely think getting comfortable is a great tip, so important.

    Jade X

  3. I totally relate to the excitement factor! I'm start to focus less on how I'm getting there, more on the exciting plans to come on holiday!


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