While writing this article, I am widely awake at 2 am having thoughts of my upcoming travel to Europe and Central Asia. Did I pack my things? Inform my credit card company? Travel gadgets? Insurance? So many and I was lost!
I end up in biting my nails or sleeping on my bed.
Welcome to the world of anxiety!
I hate to experience that again. Whether you are traveling first time with your family and friends or even a solo, a pre-trip anxiety will lead us to uncomfortable feeling that makes us doubt even the pros. Believe me, it was so embarrassing to know that doubts are creeping in while you already have your flight ticket and hotel accommodation ready. Thinking of some threats or dangers on the road and people that you will meet. These are just some of the things that usually hold us to travel and you just realized that you just unsure why you booked a ticket- a round trip ticket to Pakistan. Boom!
If you will let your doubts control you, then you will become a person of doubts.
However, if you know how to defense this anxiety, you can definitely manage it without the help of others.
1. Set a good plan for your emergency contacts, health care, emails
I admit, I hate to deal with this. Setting up a plan before your travel can help you minimize the stress that you will get. When I started to travel solo, I don’t even plan my travel as long as I have a ticket and accommodation booked, then I thought I am good to go. Medical emergencies, while you are on travel is crucial.
If you are traveling to a country where you are not sure of the safety, I would advise that you need to inform the nearest embassy or consulate through email. So whatever happen, they will know.
2. Don’t over plan your travel
Not all travel plan needs to be written on a paper. You may not know the situation once you reach your destination. Every detailed trip will cause you more nervous.
So, go with the flow. Having a strict list of the plan will lead you to over thinking. The knowledge that you have about the place through research will help you more. Come on, you need excitement, not uncomfortably.
3. Embrace your limitations
While we are still human and anxiety is uncontrollable but can cope with, knowing your limits and accepting it will decrease worries. Even you accept of having a lack of limits, plan ahead of time and done with your research about a destination can still give you anxiety.
4. Don’t rush
Travel is not a competition to rush. I mean it is not an amazing race show that you need to rush everything without learning the things you can do in your destination. Just feel free more anxiety free and be positive. I like to feel myself in a place where I can call home instead. I learn a lot when I was in Barcelona where I walked the narrow street full of restaurants trying to look for something but I was not. On that experience, I familiarized the street the next time around.
5. Take care of yourself
Having a routine exercise will help you to have a good mental health. Have enough sleep, keeping a balanced diet, and staying hydrated at times are important factors.
I used to hate carrying a bottle of water but I realized it is a must thing to do.
6. Create a playlist of music that will make you happy and relax
The only purpose why you need a music to your travel is to make your mind relax and diverted through a playlist of music.
You need to distract your mind from anxiety and music can at least help you to divert that feeling. I always had the best music downloads to my mobile phone whenever I travel.
There is no specific songs or music you need however having the music that you like will make everything right. Imagine you are in a plane al the way to your dream destination and suddenly you feel alone. I hate that moment!
7. Remember there is a reason for everything
If you wonder why it happens to you, you are not alone. Accept the fact that it is normal to have this feeling but the question is how to cope with it. Forcing yourself to be out of anxiety right away will cause you more stress. Just think about your destination, and if ever you will cancel it, someday you will still dream that destination. That is awful yeah!
I am writing this article at 2 am but this may be the best thing I have done so far. Why? Because I was trying to hide it when anxiety comes in. I don’t want to talk about it to my friends and family. I was afraid of being tagged as not a good traveler enough and etc.
I know, people would understand me because they experience this too. As a travel blogger, anxiety is a serious issue that every traveler needs to cope with it.
What are your pre-travel tips? Feel free to comment below.