We all have fears. Fear of failure, fear of taking the first step, fear of going our own way. All of us, want to see the World, meet new people, learn about other cultures and visit amazing places. You almost ready to book a ticket, when the annoying voice appearing in the back of the head that holds you to don’t do it. Why we are afraid of traveling? What kind of fears hold us from traveling?
I have been traveling as a solo female traveler around the World for 3 years. In 2014, I sold my car, I bought a one way ticket to Australia and I haven’t looked back since. At the moment, I am travelling solo through South America.
Is it mean that I am fearless? No!
Being fearless it is impossible.
Fears are always with us. We just can’t let them to stop us. Each of us must go through them and talk about them. It helps a lot!
I have faced lots of fears while traveling and before that. I think that it is good to be scared. It makes us more motivated to find the solution for each challenge.
Let’s talk about 7 common fears which stand on our way to travel and solutions which can help you to take the first step.
I don’t have enough money
The most popular excuse is lack of money. People have wrong thinking that traveling is too expensive and we have to keep saving for a half of our life to discover another continent. First of all, ask yourself how important is traveling for you, seriously! You have to take action. If you set up travelling as a priority, you can make your dreams come true, no matter how broke you are.
In my previous post, I wrote a pretty big article about my ways how to travel cheaper, smarter and longer. I am not rich, nor I come from a wealthy family. Traveling like a local, not like a tourist, is the way I choose. I eat like a locals, sleep like a locals and spend time with locals.
Nobody wants to go with me and solo travel means loneliness
Really? You want to stop yourself from seeing the World because you don’t have a companion. Solo travel is not as bad as it seems and I would even say that provides more opportunities than traveling with a group of friends. Travelling on your own is a rare an occasion to unravel yourself from expectations of your daily circumstances. We are excluded from all of that and it can help you to discover a new side of yourself, when no one is watching. You discover part of your character that you were never aware of.
I learned that loneliness is just the state of our subconscious. You can have lots of friends around, partner who always support you, be in the spotlight but still feel lonely and alienated. So, I would say that the feeling of loneliness, depends only on us and our approach to life. What’s important is how you feel with yourself. More about my solo travel here.
I am not brave enough
You can’t imagine how powerful you are. And you will never know until you try. Every adventurous soul who wants to broaden the horizons and see the World can find the courage to travel. Every! And I am not taking here about jumping from the plane, living in the middle of the Amazon jungle or backpacking through Africa. Being brave is to take a risk to be alive. And for everyone it means, something different.
Fear is inescapable and that’s why being brave is extremely important in life. I had lots of travel disasters over the years but then every bad luck was a good lesson at the end. Life involves taking risks and we have to be ready for possibility of a terrifying ending.
I am afraid of illness
We travel to discover tropical countries, try different food and sleep on the unfamiliar lands. Every country is different and has different standard of living. Worries about illness and getting sick on the road, stop us to book our dream destinations. We are often afraid of safety of water and food or catching more serious diseases.
Being careful and aware is important but you can’t be paranoid about it. I always have a travel insurance with me. I think that you shouldn’t step out of your country without it. The worst illnesses, were food poison in Thailand and dengue in Indonesia during my 3 years of travelling. And honestly, I take this as a part of experience.
Remember that most of the countries in the World have good Medical Clinics and Travel Medicine Centers. Before start your trip, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteto find all information about serious diseases in each country and recommended vaccines. Equip your backpack in a small bag with basic first aid and you are ready to go!
It is dangerous out there
The information coming from media is terrifying. The terrorists attacks, earthquakes and hurricanes can make us think that we shouldn’t even leave our houses. The fear of danger stops lots of people from packing a backpack and heading the road.
Nowadays, our World is unpredictable, where everything can happen at any time, but the worst thing, we can do is to stop traveling. Giving up the dream of traveling is not the solution. Walking out of your own house can bring you a danger too. Stop thinking about situations that are unlikely to happen, and which are beyond of your control.
Entering the unknown
Many people live comfortable lives of security and same inclination that society forces us. Our fear is to take advantage and to change the situation. We scare to leave our comfort zones and enter the unknown. We scared of feeling uncomfortable stepping on unfamiliar ground and not being in control of situations. But all ‘’magic’’ happens from the nonconformists.
Traveling provides us with the opportunity to go into unfamiliar situations and have no expectations. It is a rare opportunity to disentangle yourself from the influences and expectations of your daily life, to discover who you are when no one is looking. So go for it!
,,If it scares you, it can be a good thing to try”
It is time to be adventures and curious!