I’m not talking about the type of travel anxiety that has to do with planes or making it to the airport in time. I’m MUCH better about being on time and/or early nowadays when it comes to travel.
Planes never have freaked me out too much. I started flying when I was a kid and my parents made it fun. The statistics are just too hard to deny. You are MUCH more likely to die or get hurt in your car than on a plane. Which is why I grip the wheel in my car like an 80-year-old when I drive around the DC area. I’m pretty sure I get a gray hair and a wrinkle every time I drive here.
When there is more than just a little turbulence my heart does start to beat a little faster, but I try to zone out and read or watch a movie. Wrap myself in some sort of story or work that takes my mind off of where I am.
Back to travel anxiety. My travel anxiety is related to missing work time and the lead up to traveling.
When I know I’m going to be out of town a lot I get a little anxious about not having time to work. I don’t want to drop the ball on anything important, but when you travel a lot, it’s hard to keep it all straight. I must say that my anxiety is minor. I know when I’m having it, I’m pretty good at controlling it, and it doesn’t paralyze me or stop me. I know some people have serious anxiety that can be crippling. I don’t want to be over dramatic about mine, it’s there but I can deal with it.
It depends on what type of travel I’m doing, when I go to see family or on a trip with friends I really want to be present, ENJOY MY LIFE, and do a bit of digital detoxing. I am able to stay off my computer while spending time with friends and family, but I just get a little anxious about it before I go.
While I’m gone I might feel a little guilt, but then I remind myself that life is way too short to spend it all on your laptop and Instagram. And that quickly whips me out of any guilt.
When I’m on a press trip, it depends on how packed the trip is. Sometimes it’s back-to-back and you have no time to work, other times there’s enough free time to feel sane. It’s usually fun, but knowing a packed trip is coming up gives me a little anxiety.
I also get a little bit of anxiety about Hemingway. If my husband and I are both traveling and we have to find somewhere for Hemi to stay, I get anxiety over that as well. One night isn’t a big deal. A lot of people are fine with one night, or boarding him for a night is fine at this one place in DC that he’s been to before. But when it gets to 3+ nights, I get a little anxious about it for many reasons. Boarding gets expensive and after a night or two I just feel like he’d be pooped and not want to be there. And outdoor walks while boarding are extra so it’s just expensive. When he stays with friends I feel better because he likes to be with people, but I just don’t want those friends to get annoyed by him.
Sometimes when I have a lot of travel coming up, it just makes me a little anxious in general. I’m always more excited than anxious, but traveling can be expensive and that’s always in the back of my mind.
I do think traveling is worth it. I actually love to travel. You need to get outside of your normal day and experience new things and places and people. I think it’s such a rich experience to travel. Even if it’s just for a relaxing beach vacation, it can be so inspiring and restorative.
Do you get any travel anxiety? If so, what kind?
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