How To Travel When Your Suffer from Anxiety

I haven’t spoken about my trip to Poland for a number of reasons. For one, I only got to see Auswitz before I became extremely unwell, and I don’t know how to approach that subject. Seeing Auswitz was intense, and I believe that everyone should see it at some point in their lives to understand how evil the human race can be, but I don’t think it’s my place to go into too much detail about it.

Having contracted Norovirus over there, I can’t say I feel much for the city. The hotel staff were rude (Hotel Imperial – never go there) and people, in general, were unfriendly and unwelcoming.

I didn’t want to post another travel post without speaking about that, or without posting my favourite photo from the trip (above – taken in Krakow Old Town).

So, on to the real post! Here’s how to travel when you suffer from anxiety. It can be extremely hard to overcome, but you’ll find that it gets easier once you do it.

When you first decide that you want to travel, it’s just an idea. An idea that sits with you for a while. But before long, unless you start to run with that idea, it will just stay where it is. And life will carry on. You’ll finish school, get a job, and then you’ll feel as if you’ve missed your chance. But you haven’t. You never have. It doesn’t matter whether you want to travel the world as a teen, after college, or much later in life. All that matters is that you actually put the plans in place.

Sometimes, obstacles get in the way. Money, time, illness. A lot of the time, it has to do with your confidence levels. Because travelling the world is a big deal, and it can scare you. So you put it all on the backburner or try to ignore it. But that feeling never leaves you. So it’s time to tackle your confidence levels and think about those travel plans a little more seriously.

Start a Bucketlist

First of all, the thing that you’re going to want to get in place is your travel bucket list. Okay, so you know that you want to travel, and you probably have lots of different ideas going around in your mind, but are you really sure on what you want to do and where you want to go? When you work this out, it’s a really fun and interesting way to get excited about travel and motivate yourself to make that step forward to actually doing it.

Do Some Research

You might have a rough idea of what you want to do, and where you want to go, but now it’s time to plan and prepare for what you’re actually going to do. This can really help you to plan your trip, and these tips may also help you with this part of the process.

Speak to Other Travellers

At this point, because you’re actually taking some steps to make your travel plans come to life, you may be worried. Those fears usually come back when you start to do things. So, a great way to keep that side of you at bay is to speak to other travellers that have been there and done it. There are lots of ways to meet people aboard so that you can hear about their experiences first hand and put your mind at ease. Why not try a Reddit thread or ask a travel Facebook group? Lots of people just want to help and advise you, so this can put your mind at ease.

Make a Detailed Itinerary

Your next job is to get your itinerary down. This can be a bit of a big job, but if you follow the right steps like it’s made easy. Plus, as you go through this, you’ll find you get excited about everything you’ll get to do.

Save More Than You Need

Now that you know a little more about what your trip will entail, you can plan financially. Saving money to travel can be hard, but it’s so much easier when you know what you’ll be doing. You can budget better this way. And be sure to oversave – then you’ll know you have a safety net when you’re away (just in case you need a doctor or you see a trip you’d love to take!)

Travel With Someone You Trust

A great way to ease your worries about travelling is to do it with someone that you feel safe with. If you travel with a family member, loved one, or best friend, then you should feel so much more confident about doing it. I don’t know what I would have done if my boyfriend wasn’t with me in Poland to take care of me and get me some tablets from the pharmacy.

Only Stay in Places You Trust

Another point will be to stay somewhere that you’ll feel comfortable. So be sure to look online using sites such as to research and find places to stay. The more you research, the more confident you should feel about where you choose to stay.

Make Sure Someone Knows Where You Are

If you are going alone, and you’re worried about it, then be sure that someone knows where you will be at all times. Although you may not want to be in constant contact with home, it’s handy for them to know. It will also give you the peace of mind that you’re a bit safer, no matter where you are in the world.

Meet Up With People Along The Way

When you speak to different travellers as part of your research, you may also want to arrange to catch up with them on your own travels. You may also come across other travellers along the way, or expats.

Take The Leap

Finally, you need to just do it. This is something that you’ve been thinking about for a long time. And you will continue to think about it until you make some plans and go. So, just let yourself think about that for a moment. Think about how exciting this is, and everything that you’re going to get to see and do. And that should always give you the confidence you need to finally take the trip!

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