The anxiety of travelling
I absolutely adore travelling but there’s a lot more to it than just enjoying yourself on a beach. When this post is published I will be spending three weeks in Australia – the biggest trip of my life so far – and, let me tell you – I’ve never felt so anxious planning for a holiday before. So what makes planning a big trip so stressful and how can you combat the anxiety of travelling?
1. There’s so much to do
There is definitely a lot to do when you’re planning a big trip – booking the flights and accommodation, reading blog posts and planning what you’ll do while you’re there, sorting out your visas, getting your holiday money, buying suitable clothes for every possible situation, the list goes on and on and on. It can seem overwhelming and difficult to know where to start.
How to combat the anxiety of travelling: Write a list of all the things you need to do before you head off on your travels and include everything no matter how big or small. Keep the list on your phone and tick bits off whenever you get a spare moment, whether you’re at work, at home or at a friend’s house.
2. What if I’ve done something wrong?
When sorting out our Australia trip I actually got the dates of when we would be where wrong several times and this is the thing that I’m the most worried about. I’m really scatty anyway so it definitely wouldn’t be out of character for me to have got something wrong! I have planned and booked everything for the trip by myself so I worry that I’ve not booked the flights properly, that I’ve booked our activities with someone who’s not legit and that I’ve somehow messed up our camper van hire.
How to combat the anxiety of travelling: What’s the worst that can happen if you have done something wrong? Yes, you may have wasted money but you’ll still be on holiday so make the most of it. Travelling isn’t always easy but it’s the experiences we have that make our memories, even if they don’t run as smoothly as you’d hoped.
3. This has to be the best trip ever
I’ve put so much pressure on myself that this has to be the best trip ever. I’ve got it into my head that we might only visit the east coast of Australia once in our lives so we have to do everything that anyone’s ever mentioned and we have to have a really good time and, well, what if we don’t?
How to combat the anxiety of travelling: It’s not realistic to see everything that a place has to offer when you’re only there for a finite amount of time. Don’t over stretch yourself as you’ll probably end up just ticking things off without spending the time to actually enjoy them. Who knows what will happen in the future and most holidays are awesome so it’s unlikely that you’ll have a bad time and if you do so what? You’ll laugh about it in years to come.
4. I just don’t know what to expect
I feel like my mind is blown every time I think about the trip – I’ve never been away for three weeks, I’ve never been to the other side of the world and I’ve never done a proper road trip abroad. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like and I just don’t know what to expect.
How to combat the anxiety of travelling: You don’t know what to expect anywhere until you get there and that is the fun of travelling. It’s all about discovering new things that you don’t get to do every day – so stop worrying, relax and enjoy!
Do you feel anxious when you’re planning a big trip? Please tell me I’m not the only one – let me know your experiences in the comments.