As you may or may not have noticed I didn’t post here last week as my Grandad passed away. I had the post typed up (I was prepared for once haha!) but I decided to let the week pass without a post as a mark of respect for him.
So after doing a twitter poll I found out that the post that you guys really wanted to see next here so I’ve compiled a list of travel anxiety tips. The main sort of travel that makes me anxious is flying. I don’t fly that often. Actually I’ve only flown twice; my family holidays to Italy and Hungary. I love travelling so much and exploring new countries and learning about their cultures and I am determined not to let my anxiety get in the way of what I want to do.
- Sit where you feel the most comfortable: I find that this helps me a lot as once I’m sitting where I’m most comfortable the anxiety around travelling decreases. While I’m flying I like to sit in the middle of the three seats on a plane as looking out the window terrifies me and being at the edge makes me too anxious as I’m near everyone.
- Bring something to distract yourself- When I’m feeling anxious particularly while travelling I like to have something I enjoy with me to do so I can keep my mind off my anxious thoughts. Some of the things I like to bring with me on my travels are: a colouring book and colouring pencils, a good book, a notebook and pen to write down bits of story inspiration or journal how I am feeling
- Listen to music- Music is a great distraction from racing thoughts. I like listening to Ryan Sheridan’s songs Alive and Superpower especially when I’m out and about. If you’re like me and you hate the noise of aeroplanes or alternatively the moving noise, chatter of people on a bus or train the music playing in your ears can help block out other noises.
- Positive Affirmations: I know I always bring these up but honestly they can help so much when feeling anxious. Saying things to yourself in your head like “I can do this”, “I’ve got this” or “I’m strong” can give you a boost and make you feel a little stronger to get through your journey until you reach your destination.
I hope this post has helped even one of you out there. If any of you have any tips or coping mechanisms that I haven’t mentioned please feel free to share them in here in the comments.
Have you tried doing any of the things I mentioned before?
See you back here next weekend