My heart is beating faster, stronger…I can feel the vibrations of my heart beat in my throat. My stomach feels like it’s tied in a knot and my mind is overwhelmed with maps, flight schedules, and over-thought plans.
While there is nothing in the world I love more than traveling, lately I’ve become overwhelmed with travel anxiety.
I’ve embarked on countless trips for both personal and professional reasons, but for the first time in a long time, at least since my move to Paris, I start getting this uneasy feeling as I begin to plan for my 2-month trip to South East Asia.
Why the anxiety?
As much as I’ve traveled, this trip will be the first time I’m traveling solo through a foreign continent. It is significant for me because it’ll be a new challenge for me to find a balance between my personal and professional lifestyles and goals. Although working abroad is still unconventional for most Americans my age, I believe that this trip comes at the most opportune time and is an ambition I’ve pursued for years.
Attempting to ease my anxiety, I started Googling some antedote and came across Matador Network’s “8 Ways to Manage Pre-Trip Anxiety.” Number one on this list is the link to my favorite travel blog post, “The 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes.” As I read through the quotes, they reminded me of why I want to go on this trip – to show the world that living a travel/work lifestyle is possible if you are work hard at it and to prove that dreams can only become reality when you try.
And so, I’d like to end this post with one of my favorite travel quotes of all time…
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain