Everyone assumes that experienced travellers just breeze through a trip confidently and happily. Let me tell you a secret: we don’t! Well, speaking for myself (and this episode’s guests) at least, we often freak out before and during a trip – although in my case, it’s mostly before.
Personally I think that feeling fears ahead of a trip mean you’re doing the right thing. Two reasons: one, the trip is obviously pushing the envelope of your comfort zone, which I consider can only be a good thing, and two, you’re preparing suitably and you can do a bit of research ahead of leaving just to make sure that you know how to travel safely in that particular destination. No place in the world is 100% safe and it’s smart to know a little about if, for example, there’s a particular part of a city where you should beware of pickpockets.
This episode is a great reminder that even though travelling might bring up some fears, it’s still immensely worth doing.
Show notes: Episode 39 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Fears and Freaking Out Before You Travel
It’s 2017, everyone’s making plans for a new year, and it’s time to talk about one of the things that sometimes stops up making travel plans: fear. In Episode 39 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I talk with two great travellers who have had various worries before they’ve embarked on big trips, but they did it anyway, and of course are glad they did.
First up, I speak with Cait Flanders who spent a couple of months on a solo road trip throughout North America last year. She confesses she was freaking out before she left … but of course, everything turned out fine and she learned a lot along the way.
Serena Star-Leonard is a traveller I really admire for her seemingly fearless trips to all corners of the globe, and into sometimes challenging situations, but she confesses, too, that she’s not as confident as I might have expected.
- Cait Flanders’ website
- Cait’s Budgets and Cents podcast
- Serena Star-Leonard’s Retire in 12 Months project
- Serena’s Travel Kids Club