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I’m so grateful that I get to travel as often as I do. So far this year, I’ve taken more than 20 flights. By now, my routine is set, and I don’t worry much about getting from here to there. I do, however, sometimes struggle with anxiety, and I understand how scary it can be to travel if you’ve not left home much. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about traveling solo, or they’ve expressed concerns about flying or going somewhere new. Lots of people feel stuck in their fear, so a few weeks ago I asked on IG stories if anyone in the YBC® community has any tips for getting over the fear of traveling. I’m excited to share all the great feedback I received. Here are 12 practical tips to tackling your fear of traveling. If you have any to add, or have any questions, drop them in the comments below!
Start small. If you’re nervous about travelling but want to expand your horizons, start with a road trip or quick three hour flight before you jump to extended trips abroad. Get comfortable with your packing routines, airport traffic, and security lines before you add in a language barrier and overnight flights.
Getting a good night’s sleep and a healthy meal before travel can help stave off hangry reactions and irritability. There will be delays. Things will not always go as planned. Don’t add the stress of hunger and fatigue to your nervous system.
Dress comfortably and bring entertainment for the flight. Download podcasts, books and movies to dedicate your travel time to yourself. Frame a long flight as an extended relaxation session or a chance to catch up on the things you enjoy reading, watching and listening to.
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Many airports have designated rooms for yoga, prayer and meditation. See if yours has one for a nice place to center on your layover, then practice a calming flow.
Pilot and NLP practitioner, Lars Toldbo, wrote this helpful guide for overcoming your fear of flying. For the nervous flyer who has a lot of "what-if"-questions, this book helps you understand all the requirements and checks that are in place to give us safe flights.
This pilot, Captain Stacey Champion, offers a free online course on how to get over your fear of flying.
Read this article on travel by Pico Iyer. Acts of greatness require connection to reason, so re-affirm why you’re traveling.
Create a mantra for travel. When things get overwhelming, find a deep breath and repeat a helpful phrase to yourself. Try something like, “I am so grateful I have the opportunity to see the world.” or “We’ll arrive safely in no time.”
Imagine yourself arriving safely at your destination. Visualize all the amazing experiences awaiting your open mind.
YBC®’s Editorial Director, Ashley, suggests being present. Taking things one step at a time, and remembering that most people are good. Most people are friendly, helpful and want to share the best of their home with you. Be aware of your surroundings, pack light, and find curiosity for the people you meet. It will most often be met with kindness.
What tips do you have?! And, if you’re ready to travel, we have some exciting events coming up in Greece and Italy this fall!