I’m going to make a confession that may surprise you. I’m scared of traveling. It’s kind of ironic that I run a travel website and I just said that I’m scared of traveling, isn’t it? But it’s not just any type of traveling that scares me. It’s traveling for months at a time. The long-term type of deal.
I’m comfortable with admitting it though, because I know I’m not alone in this, and I’m sure that there are fears that you have had about your own adventures as well, we all do.
It’s scary to think about what can happen while I’m on the road and there are a million fears that come into my mind that can scare the living hell out of me.
What if I get stranded somewhere? What if something important of mine gets stolen – or worse, my entire pack? Will I be mentally strong enough to be away from family for that long? How do I know that I’m going to make friends, what if I’m alone for an entire year? Am I really cut out for this or is it just my imagination that’s taken me this far?
The worst part is, I don’t have answers to any of those questions and I’m not going to until I step my foot onto that plane and leave. But you know what?
It’s okay to be scared. In fact, it’s good.
No one should be worry free when it comes to living on the road for long periods of time, because it’s a big deal.With all of the things that manage to go wrong in just simple week long trips, there is bound to be bigger and worse things in anything longer, right? That may be the case, but in general, I don’t think that’s really the case. But if it does, so what? That will be one hell of a learning curve.
When you’re scared, that means you will be more cautious and you will avoid more mistakes. The most important thing above all else, is that when you do make mistakes, you will be vigilant enough to learn from them.
I have a long trip planned that is starting in 2017 and will be ending sometime in mid-to-late 2018 and all of these fears have come across my mind more than once. I’m not even close to starting that trip either, so only time will tell how I’ll be feeling in the leading months and weeks towards leaving. But there isn’t any other emotion that I would rather feel than scared, because it makes me excited to prove those fears wrong.
I know that I’m going to make friends, even if I was an introverted type of person (which i’m not, thank god), I would still make friends. The fears that a lot of people have are unreasonable about travel. The biggest one that I hear is that the world is a dangerous place. People always say, “Well, you aren’t going to [insert random country] are you? It’s dangerous there!”
But you know what? That’s all bullshit. None of it is true. No one is out there to get you, they are too busy living their own lives to care about you. The world is just as safe as your own backyard. You can’t believe the world is like what is portrayed on the media, because they only show the worst of things.
No matter what anyone tells you, or whatever you may tell yourself, go out there and travel. Even if you’re afraid because you have no idea what you’re going to do when you arrive, still board that plane. A million things can go wrong and it will still be the best experience of your life.
You will be okay. The world isn’t going to end. You’ll find a way to get back home after the trip is completed and you’ll notice that nothing has changed back home. People will still be doing the same exact things that they were doing before you left and you’ll find yourself buying another ticket to do it all again because you wondered why you came home in the first place.
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