Defeating Travel Anxiety

Happy couple on a road trip

The fear of traveling is one of the most common forms of anxiety. It is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, insomnia, and irritability.

What Causes Travel Anxiety?

For some, this fear results from a fear of flying. For others, it stems from the fear being in unfamiliar situations. Either way, fear shouldn’t rob you the joys of experiencing life. Here are some ways you can manage your travel anxiety.

Taking Charge

Anxiety results from the feelings of not being in control. To negate this, list down every detail of your travel. For example, if you’re taking a Cruise Lady LDS vacation to Israel:

  • Find a map and photos of the airport arrival terminals and write down your route through the building.
  • If you lose your luggage, what would you do? Google this and write down the set of instructions.
  • To avoid dealing with unfamiliar transport on your first day, plan to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel or arrange for a rental.
  • Write down everything you intend to do during your time there.
  • Plan everything out before you leave the house. Who will be in charge of the house? Who will pick up your mail? Don’t wait until the day of travel to start dealing with such details. On the day of the trip, you should be ready to take your luggage and leave without the need to worry about who will take care of this or that.

Finally, it’s important to note that anxiety is a cumulative disorder. When you allow stress to take over one area of your life, it quickly spreads to influence everything else in your life. If you have persistent generalized anxiety disorder, dealing with it will help you fight other occasional anxieties such as travel anxiety.