Fears and Freaking Out Before You Travel – Episode 39 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

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.


Fears and Freaking Out Before You Travel - Episode 39 - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast


  1. I’ve definitely had those moments as well: did I book all of the hotels? Did I remember my passport? WHERE IS MY PASSPORT!?! In general, things usually work out exactly as they need to, even if they don’t match exactly with my original vision for a trip. We’ve had some scary things happen while traveling: an earthquake while we were in California, getting mugged in Paris, and a terrorist bombing when I was studying abroad in London. However, those are definitely in the minority, and I have to remind myself that there’s very, very little chance of something bad happening on my trips. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a little spaz attack because of travel!

    • Natalie you are *definitely* not the only one who freaks out! But it is good to know we’re not alone. And you’re right, even if bad things happen I always figure that these things could happen to me at home as well. And it’s not worth stopping travelling for!

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