Traveling with Anxiety

Living with anxiety can be a difficult process, and some may assume that it’s next to impossible to travel with anxiety. But as someone who suffers from debilitating anxiety attacks and also happens to be an avid traveler, I’m here to tell you that it’s not only possible, it’s life-changing! Please do not let your anxiety keep you from traveling and experiencing this beautiful world. Your anxiety will be there whether you’re at home or 10,000 miles away from it, so you may as well enjoy yourself in some new surroundings! If you suffer from anxiety and want to travel, take a look at these tips to help you suppress your racing thoughts and get moving!

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1. When you are planning your trip

I’ve found that one of the best ways to combat anxiety is to be prepared by spending some time researching and planning. This way there is no fear of the unknown. With that said, research, research, research until you’re fully comfortable with your plans. Read everything you can find about your destination, research your hotel and as many reviews as you can handle, look up the excursions you’re planning on taking to get a feel for them, etc. The more prepared you are, the better your anxiety will fare. After you’ve done all of your research, create a detailed itinerary that you can share with your family and friends. Then you can rest easy knowing that someone back home will always know where you’re supposed to be at any given time. Once you have your itinerary, check it over to ensure that you’re not overbooked. You’ll need to schedule in some downtime every day, especially right after anything that may be anxiety-provoking like your flight or a bold expedition. And don’t let the planning stop here. Create a packing list a few weeks before you leave and write down whatever you think you’ll need leading up to your trip. That’ll help keep your anxiety at bay when you’re ready to leave the house knowing that you’ve prepared for everything. 

Why It’s Never the Right Time to Travel

After traveling extensively all over the world, we’ve heard our share of excuses for why people can’t travel as much as they’d like. But, if you make traveling the world a priority in your life, then you’ll find a way to accomplish it. And you should! Traveling has been proven to increase happiness, boost intelligence and add to one’s all-around awesomeness. Life is short, so stop putting off what you so desperately want. Read on for the top 5 excuses of why you think you can’t travel and how we can help you beat those limiting mindsets! 

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1. I don’t have the money to travel

We hear this excuse a lot. When people are living paycheck to paycheck, it can be difficult to carve out money for traveling, but where there’s a will, there’s a way! Firstly, traveling isn’t as expensive as people make it out to be. Your trip doesn’t need to be a once-in-a-lifetime, wallet-crushing, luxurious splurge. You can always cut corners on hotels, meals, and transportation. You can get cheap hotels in almost any city if you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit. You can make meals in your hotel instead of eating out every day and you can rent bikes for much cheaper than you can rent a car for a week. Secondly, you could get creative with your traveling. If you’re willing to work or volunteer while you’re abroad, you can get free room and board in another country and only have to pay for your airfare. You could offer house-sitting services for free in exchange for saving money on a hotel. Or, lastly, if you don’t want to cut corners on your vacations, try to think of ways you can save more money throughout your everyday life that you could put towards travel. You could get a small part time job or save a set amount of money every week to fund your next trip. Every little bit counts and you’ll be incredibly proud of yourself when you finally make it to your bucket list destination! 

Stay Clear of These Selfies While on Vacation

In this day and age of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, you can’t go to any tourist destination without witnessing dozens of people posing with their selfie-sticks. Those iconic pictures of you holding up the leaning tower of Pisa or pretending to fall into the Grand Canyon are adorable and I’m sure that all of your followers are thrilled to see them, but what happens when it goes too far? People are making headlines all over the world for taking selfies in insensitive or even dangerous situations, sometimes resulting in their death. To keep our readers safe and on the good side of the law (and people’s feelings,) we’ve compiled a list of times where you’ll want to keep your camera packed away. 

 

1. Do not take selfies at memorials, cemeteries, holy sites 

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Places such as the holocaust memorial, the 9/11 memorial or veteran cemeteries should be absolutely off-limits for selfies. These places are tragic reminders of lives lost and should be respected as such. You can feel free to take pictures of the setting to commemorate your time spent experiencing such a site, but it is more than disrespectful to see a smiling selfie under such sad circumstances. Think of how you’d feel if you saw a bunch of people smiling for a picture by your lost loved one’s name.

 

2. Do not take selfies with non-domesticated animals 

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If you are near a wild animal, especially a large or dangerous one, your thoughts should not be to grab your camera and smile for a picture. Respect wild animals and their unpredictability. In the time that you spend fumbling with your camera and posing for your shot, the animal could be approaching for an attack unbeknownst to you. Many people have been mauled to death because they were taking selfies with dangerous animals in the background. On the flip side, your intrusion into an animal’s life could endanger it and get it killed, so tread carefully when you’re dealing with anything that’s alive. 

What are your rights on an airplane?

With all of the negative press major airlines have been receiving lately for their treatment of paying customers, it’s not hard to imagine what you would do if something similar happened to you while traveling. From flight cancellations to lost luggage, what exactly are you entitled to as a passenger of an airplane? And what rights do you automatically terminate when you purchase your ticket or board the aircraft? To help clarify these issues, we’ve detailed 4 common scenarios and what your rights are for each situation.

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1. If you get involuntarily bumped from your flight

Airlines frequently over-sell seats on their planes to make up for inevitable “no-show” passengers. This, in of itself, is not an illegal practice. When an airline overbooks a flight and there aren’t enough seats for all of the passengers, the Department of Transportation requires that the airline ask passengers individually if anyone would be willing to voluntarily give up their seat in exchange for compensation. If enough people volunteer, you’re in the clear. But even if you don’t volunteer (and no one else does,) it is possible that you could STILL find yourself bumped off of your flight, even if you are in desperate circumstances.

How to Prepare for Flight Delays

Flight delays rank up at the top of traveler’s worst nightmares. Delays claim the sanity of victims worldwide on a daily basis, but they needn’t be the bane of your existence. While you can’t control weather patterns or the airline’s tardiness, you can be a savvy traveler and avoid the fear, turmoil, and uncertainty of flight schedules with just a few tips and some preparedness. Read this list of ways to prepare for flight delays before your next trip and you’ll be cool as a cucumber if you get a delay announcement! 

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1. Before your trip

Nobody likes the stress of last-minute changes so try to be as proactive as possible before your trip to minimize chaos. Just in case you have delays or your flight is canceled, have your airline and hotel’s customer service numbers handy. Depending on the delay, you may need to move your hotel and/or car rental reservations, especially if you’re traveling across time zones and will be missing the check-in time. You won’t want to lose a whole week’s worth of reservations for a no-show. As well as having phone numbers loaded on your phone, try to get a few helpful apps downloaded. In addition to downloading some time-killing apps such as fun games, you should also download Hopper, a last-minute flight app that will help you if your flight happens to get canceled. You can usually book another flight quickly and significantly cheaper than if you were to deal with the airline directly.