How To Deal With & Avoid Travel Anxiety

how to deal with and avoid travel anxiety

As you probably already know, I love travel. I get so excited every chance I get to take a new adventure and discover a new location. However, just because I love something, doesn't mean it's always easy for me. I do experience some travel anxiety and fears of flying. These fears have been a part of my life ever since I first discovered my love of travel. I truly thought that after years of taking many flights, I would grow out of the nerves I get when I fly, but that hasn't been the case unfortunately. Nonetheless, I am a strong believer that if you let fear win, you miss out on life, and I also believe that life begins at the end of your comfort zone... therefore I simply decide each trip to be stronger than my fears, place my faith in God, and enjoy my life. There are several things I do to relax and try to actually enjoy my time in the air or on a flight. Over years of travel and hundreds of flights, I have discovered a few things that help shift my mind from panic, stress and fear of what bad things could happen to focusing on the fun adventures that lie ahead. If you are like me and struggle with some travel anxiety and fears, then I hope this list will help you out too. 

  • Download Music / Positive Playlist

Before our last Europe trip, I downloaded quite a few songs that made me feel happy, calm, relaxed, positive, etc. Most of the music was Christian music. Having that in my ear to drown out the noise in my head of fearful thoughts was extremely helpful. My favorite song I downloaded was Captain by Hillsong United. That song would not only calm me down but often it would put me to sleep, and that says a lot because I don't sleep easily on planes.  

  • Read

Another great way to distract yourself or take your mind off the flight is to read. Bring a book that will put you in a good state of mind. Probably not one that will get your mind racing down a negative path. Maybe bring a few books to choose from, or if you're not a novel lover, maybe grab some magazines before take off. 

  • Watch Movies

Again, another distraction. Are you catching a theme here? I especially love this one on long flights that are over seas. They not only keep your mind in a good place, but movies also make the time go by faster. Now, I personally love watching comedies, or inspirational movies while I fly. It really doesn't matter what you watch, just keep in mind watching movies like "Final Destination", "Snakes On A Plane", or "United 93" might not be ideal picks while you're in the air and searching for peace of mind. 

  • Journal

If you enjoy journaling and find it calming, this might help. Sometimes I journal while I fly; I start with a positive topic and take it from there.

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Now I'm not saying get all drunk and sloppy, but heck a few drinks might give you some liquid courage. If you get drunk and sick on an airplane, don't blame me... 

  •  Take Melatonin & Nap

Melatonin is a natural sleep aid. Make sure you take the correct dosage and make sure it's okay for you to take, but sleeping is a great way to pass the time. 

I hope you find these tips helpful! If I've missed one, please comment below and let me know!! I'd love to give new ideas a try. Thanks for reading, make sure to subscribe below to receive future posts.

 

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13 Reasons I Am Thankful For Travel

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to do a blog post surrounding thankfulness. Something I cherish most in life is travel. I am beyond grateful for the adventures we have been able to go on, the memories we have created and the destinations we have visited. Travel is something that will be part of my life until I physically cannot do so anymore. I love so many aspects about traveling and what it does in my life. It is truly such a blessing and I am grateful God created such an amazing planet for us to explore.

I am thankful for travel because...

  • It brings my husband and I closer together.

Flower Market in Amsterdam

Flower Market in Amsterdam

 

  • It helps us have a better understanding of the world.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland

 

  • It helps us face our fears.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

  • We create memories while we travel that make me smile everyday. 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

 

  • We try new foods and drinks while we travel.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge- Florence 

Ponte Vecchio Bridge- Florence 

 

  • It allows us to connect with our foreign relatives.

Southern Italy

Southern Italy

 

  • Through travel we get to see historical sights that put you in awe. 

Roman Colosseum

Roman Colosseum

 

  • It helps us appreciate God's beauty. 

Cinque Terre Hike

Cinque Terre Hike

 

  • It makes one realize this world is much bigger than yourself. 

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

  • It helps us discover new cultures. 

Piazza Navona in Rome Italy

Piazza Navona in Rome Italy

 

  • We get to have first time experiences.

Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota

 

  • We get to see the sights out of movies. 

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Venice

 

  • You get to meet a ton of new people.

Sonoma Valley, California 

Sonoma Valley, California 


Comment below and let me know why YOU are thankful for travel and how it has changed your life. Thanks for reading. Make sure to subscribe below for future posts!

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A Month In Europe | My Favorite Photos

If you did not already know, my husband and I just got back from a month long trip to Europe. We went with some of our family to Amsterdam and all over Italy. The trip was an absolute blast; I am still trying to process everything we experienced. When you cross that much off your bucket list in a short amount of time, it is important to reflect and really take it all in. My favorite way to do that is to look at pictures from the trip and reminisce about how I felt in that moment. And believe me, from this trip I have plenty of photos to look through, we went a little photo crazy! Heck, who wouldn't?! 

One of my favorite elements of blogging is sharing my experiences with you all, the readers. I am so grateful for the travel opportunities I have in my life and I love "bringing you with me" through my blog. So many times I have read about other bloggers and their travel experiences and it inspired me to add places to my bucket list or even to book a trip. I hope while you read through my travels and experiences, it does the same for you. 

Like I said before, we took a ton of photos on our journey through Europe, and in this post I am going to share my favorite photos and experiences with you! Feel free to PIN them (click over the top left corner of the photo). Enjoy!

Colosseum in Rome

Colosseum in Rome

Sicily

Sicily

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Canals of Amsterdam

Canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Museumplein - Amsterdam

Museumplein - Amsterdam

Tropea Italy

Tropea Italy

Boat view of Tropea Italy

Boat view of Tropea Italy

Breakfast in Venice at Piazza San Marco

Breakfast in Venice at Piazza San Marco

Venice canals

Venice canals

Monterosso, Cinque Terre

Monterosso, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre hike

Cinque Terre hike

Florence view from the bell tower

Florence view from the bell tower

Gelato by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Gelato by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Watching the sunset in Florence at Piazza Michelangelo

Watching the sunset in Florence at Piazza Michelangelo

*Please do not use these photos as your own. Thanks!

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