7 Ways To Deal With Travel Anxiety

by - October 22, 2016

I know that there is a lot of information out there about anxiety in general but today I wanted to discuss travel anxiety in particular. 

Since entering the media industry it has been common practice to travel a fair bit. But what do you do when your love for travelling conflicts with anxiety? 

In this video I vlog my solo travels around central London and it is the first time I actually address my travel anxiety to myself as well as you guys. It sort of just 'came out' int the midst of my conversation with you and I'm so glad it did. I also think that the beauty of vlogging lies in the very rawness of the content which is why I love to watch them myself.

I've put together a few ways I've learnt to cope with my travel anxiety:

1 Know that it will be over soon and tell yourself that you will get home safely.

2 Tidy up your bedroom (or happy place - whatever that is) so you come back to a calming environment.

3 Leave a little treat on your bedside table for when you get back (that for me is tucking into a new book)

4 Take some home comforts with you. I usually take my pillowcase and fluffy jumper for hotel stays.

5 Make sure you plan your journey. I go as far as printing out maps and writing out my journey from A to B.

6 Enjoy it. I know this is the hardest thing to do when you have travel anxiety but one of the things I most regret when getting back is not allowing myself to enjoy the experience. Be in the moment. I love to mindfully chant 'this is such a beautiful place to be.' Take your camera out and start capturing everything. 

7 Don't be glued to your phone. There's nothing worse than the reminder that you're miles away from home. Remember what I said about being in the present. I know you'll want to call up loved ones to tell them you're alright but let it stop at that. Leave your phone on loud so you only look at it when it's ringing.

I hope these tips have eased your anxiousness about travelling. Travelling is one of the most wonderful things in the world. For me this is still a work in progress. I have a long list of the places I want to go and I'm working on getting there. I can't wait to share every new milestone with you.

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