Anxiety, I think, is a common thing when it comes to travel. I doubt there are a lot of people who pick up a bag and travel half way around the world without at least a little bit of anxiety. In my recent YouTube video, I talked about what gives me anxiety while travelling.
The trick is to just not let your travel anxiety stand in the way of you having an amazing experience. On top of always having this moment of anxiety as I step out the door, there is also some travel stress I can’t shake either.
Yes. Money. Money stress seems to affect most people – travellers and non-travellers alike. I noticed over the last week I have been budgeting and re-budgeting and budgeting again for my South Island trip. Can I actually afford this? Can I do everything I want to? Is what I have actually enough?
The answer is yes.
I’m not new to travelling so I’ve created quite a few travel budgets in my time and 99% of the time I over budget. This is a good habit to have and I hope to never loose it. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been in tight situations. I have had to cut parts of my trip out because while I wanted to do everything, I just didn’t have the money for it. And that’s okay. A little bit of travel is better than no travel in my books.
The other thing that reassures me (and that I keep reminding myself of) is that I know I can figure something out if my calculations were off. Sure, spending the night at a bus station isn’t ideal but it can work. Travel forces you to become adaptable and flexible to the situations you find yourself in and you have to be confident that you’ll manage it somehow. Between pulling my resources and the hospitality of locals, I’ve never been in a dire situation.
This blog post isn’t about tips and tricks to overcoming travel anxiety and stress, it’s more saying “You’re not alone”. After living abroad 4 times and travelling to 20+ countries, I still have travel anxiety and travel stress… Though I still recommend learning some good budgeting skills.