Helpful tips for an anxious traveller

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you're a consistent follower of this blog then you'd know I'm a massive travel addict and love seeing new places. However, things weren't always this way. A few years ago, any thought of travel made me anxious; this included buses, trains, taxis and especially, flying. It took me a while to get over the fear of travelling and turn it into something I really enjoy. With that in mind, I've got a few tips that'll help out an anxious traveller.

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Helpful tips for an anxious traveller

Take someone along you're comfortable with 

The number one thing that helped me with travelling was taking some along with me. It was either my sister or my best friend - they were both my safety blanket and I felt at ease in any situation with them by my side. If you're not comfortable on your own, invite someone along, whether it's running errands or going to the city for the day. If you explain to your friends/family how you're feeling, I'm sure they'll do all they can to help you feel at ease.

Bring distractions to keep your mind occupied

If however you need to go somewhere and there's nobody around to accompany you, I'd highly recommend bringing distractions. This could be a book to read, a podcast or whichever music you wish. Calm apps are also available such as Calm.com, Headspace, and Relaxlite - I've found these massively helpful over the years.  Distractions are key as they'll switch your focus from what's going on around you to that distraction. Pick something you know will fully engage your brain, especially when it's on anxiety overload. 

Ring someone

 Likewise, if you're alone and feeling anxious, ring somebody. Having someone on the other side of the phone will distract you from travelling and any thoughts going on inside your head.

Write down your thoughts

 Like any situation when your anxiety is going crazy. writing down your thoughts can really help. It'll take them off your mind and onto paper, and allow you to think clearly about other things.

Know your route 

Another thing to do is to plan out your route and know exactly where you're going. This will put your mind at ease before you set off as you'll have every detail planned in your head that you won't need to think about it. For instance, make sure you know the name and address of your accommodation on arrival, so you can find a way of transport to reach it - whether that's by taxi or public transport.

Always have a backup option 

With travelling, undoubtedly not everything goes to plan and that's why it's important to have a backup plan or be aware of one. That way, if something does go wrong during travelling, you have something to fall back on and hopefully won't panic as much.

Travel as much as you can and keep going

The main thing that helped me overcome the travelling fear was keeping at it. I pushed myself to go on public transport, to travel on my own and fly a lot, in hope of overcoming that fear - and it really worked. Once you travel a lot, you realise how common it is and how many people do it per day. 

I hope these tips were helpful to you. What other tips do you have for anxious travellers?

Thank you for reading <3



2 comments

  1. These tips are amazing Della! I get anxious pretty easily so these tips are really helpful! 😊

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

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  2. These are some great tips! I get quite anxious flying but I always try to pack enough activities to get me through it

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