I’ve always loved the idea of traveling around the world – experiencing new places, eating new foods, meeting new people. Although it’s doable, traveling requires a lot of time, money, and planning. Thanks to all three of these factors, I figured starting small and local (aka within the continental U.S.) was a great place to start and what I’ve noticed is that no matter where I’m going or how excited I am, my travel anxiety is a real downer. But can you blame me? Flying at 35,000 feet with over a hundred strangers, going through security, and all of the terrible events going on in the world, traveling can be scary AF.
If you’re in the same boat as me, here are 5 tips on how I handle my travel anxiety:
Even though it’s a terrible habit, I always overthink everything when I travel and sometimes I have a hard time controlling it. The one thing that’s made a difference? Breathing. It might be the simplest thing but oftentimes we forget to breathe when we’re anxious, overwhelmed, and scared. Whether you utilize a breathing technique, turn to meditation, or simple kick the habit of clenching your jaw to the curb, finding a way to relax is key.
If you find yourself feeling anxious during travel, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself that everything is going to be okay. You are in control.
2. Dress comfortably
Dressing comfortably automatically brings my stress levels down. There’s nothing worse than going through security and fidgeting with your clothing. If you’re not into wearing extremely comfy clothing when traveling (i.e. leggings, oversized, t-shirts, etc.), go for easy pieces that look put together but are still comfortable.
My go-to travel uniform is a comfy pair of flats or slip on sneakers, a casual top, and my favorite leather jacket. During my trip to Nashville, I opted for a casual white button down (totally obsessed btw) to avoid any fidgeting during my travels.
3. Use a suitcase that works for you
I recently purchased the bigger carry-on from Away and one word: obsessed. Although there are a few cons to the suitcase (review coming soon!), the overall suitcase works for me and it makes travel that much easier. When you’re walking around the airport, trying to get your bag into the overhead compartment and it doesn’t fit, something is broken, or it’s just an over hot mess, it can be extremely stressful. Especially when there are people behind you that are in a rush!
4. Be prepared
My main trigger for travel anxiety is the fear of the unknown. Granted, anything can happen to you at any time, no matter where you are but there is just something about traveling and being away from home that makes it that much scarier. When I travel, I go through all of the things I am planning on bringing with me and putting them in a specific spot to ensure nothing is misplaced. I also try to give myself three hours before boarding at the airport to eliminate the anxiety of missing of flight. Are you looking at me like I have three heads? Better to be early than late! Plus, this means extra time at the bar!
If there are certain items you utilize as part of your every day schedule, pack the travel sized version to keep you cool, calm, and collected. My go-to is dramamine (I get *super* motion sickness – *ugh*), a few magazines, a good book, and gum for when my ears pop. Don’t forget headphones!
5. Share your travel itinerary with a loved one
Even as I get older, I always let someone in my family or even a close friend know what my travel itinerary is. That way, if anything happens (even if they can’t do anything about it), they at least know where I am. This in itself usually helps keep my anxiety at bay.
How do you handle your travel anxiety?
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MADEWELL DRAPEY OVERSIZE BOYSHIRT / AMERICAN EAGLE HIGH-WAISTED JEGGING IN BRIGHT STAR / J. CREW FACTORY ZOE CALF HAIR D’ORSAY FLAT / RAY-BAN ORIGINAL AVIATOR SUNGLASSES IN GOLD / REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM IN STANDOUT / AWAY THE BIGGER CARRY-ON IN BLACK / SPECK TRANSPARENT IPHONE CASE
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