By far the number one question I have been getting lately in preparation of my euro-trip is “are you starting to get scared”? Decent question, but ever so popular. My answer? I’ve always answered “yeah, but i’m more excited than scared”. I guess that this response is just my natural reaction to shrugging off a question that I’m trying to avoid asking myself. In absolute rawness and truth, yes, i’m fucking terrified. So, this is what I would like to chat about today; my travel fears. What are the thoughts that I have that makes me literally stay awake until the early hours of the morning? Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Distance
I’ve never been further from home than New Zealand, and even then it was only for two weeks. This upcoming trip is 16,000 kilometres from home and two months long; geographical distance and time distance are two factors that scare me. I think that this fear stems from being bought up “wrapped in bubble wrap” by my parents and grandparents. I was always around family more than friends growing up, and there’s nothing wrong with this, but it means that i’ve been cocooned and sheltered all throughout my life by having the comfort of safety around my loved ones. Being alone in a foreign country will be new and scary to me, but i’m equally excited to have my own sense of complete independence.

2. Independence
That was a nice little segway into my next fear; my independence. Actually, aloneness seems like a more of a fitting word. Feeling alone in your own city or the place that you grew up can be scary enough let alone exploring a completely new place where you’re an outsider. Although, i’ve developed a tactic to lessen the fear over the years: immerse yourself in absolutely every travel experience possible, but only safe ones. This will not only make you feel like you’re a local, but it takes your mind off of that fact that you are alone, and your worries will soon be replaced with overwhelming excitement and rushes of adrenaline.

3. Flying
I know, I know. Flying is a perfectly safe way to travel nowadays, but i’ve seen enough documentaries, read enough articles and viewed enough movies to know that there actually is some sort of a risk. I try to put this towards the back of my mind though and concentrate on all the time I have to sit in my seat and be productive on a long-haul flight.

4. Lost Luggage
This is probably up there placing top spot on my list of worries when travelling. I pack literally a miniature version of my whole life into a suitcase and if it were to ever go missing (touch wood) I would definitely have a mental breakdown. Yes, I always have travel insurance, but claiming anything on it is such a hassle, and i’d just overall prefer to not be stuck in a foreign country with none of my personal possessions.

I definitely have many other worries whilst travelling, but I think that covers my main worries. Do you have any travel fears? If so, feel free to comment below and let me know, maybe this can become some sort of support group…

Love always, Rac. xx

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Racquel Hardie
Racquel Hardie

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  1. January 24, 2017 / 8:16 am

    You’ll have so much fun when you go traveling!
    Even though it’s scary (it didn’t hit me until I was on the plane to Los Angeles and then promptly started crying to myself) you’ll come back feeling like you achieved something great in life and saw so much!
    The best piece of advice my friend ever gave me when I went around the world by myself was – “Everything stays the same at home, nothing’s changed” and it was so true.
    When I came back, nothing had changed. Everyone I knew was still going to work day in, day out. The weather was the same, my room was the same, everyone’s lives was basically the same and I hadn’t missed out on much at all!
    In terms of luggage, it usually always gets returned to you. The airlines are pretty good with that kind of stuff. Just pack your most important stuff in your carry-on (Camera, Phone, your fave piece of make up) and remember that everything else is just ‘stuff’ and is always replaceable.
    If you have any questions or fears let me know and I’ll try and give you some reassuring advice! 🙂

    • January 24, 2017 / 8:40 am

      This is what I need to hear! Thank you for the advice, and thank you for reading this post! 💜

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