Fears often hold us back from following our dreams. Fear can be crippling, scary, and sometimes just annoying. When we give in to our fears we cannot be the best version of ourselves. Sometimes we have to realize when our fears are irrational. Let’s not let fear hold us back from our goals, let’s face them instead!
Our Instagram followers shared with us what travel fears they have. Let’s try to answer these fears in a rational way…
1. What happens if… I miss a flight
Planning ahead is the best answer for getting rid of this fear. Plan exactly how you will get to your flight days in advance. Know the bus route or schedule a taxi to arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure! Having a plan will help you worry less.
Now, here’s the plan if you do miss a flight. Speak to the airline ASAP to see what they can do. Some airlines can change your flight for a fee if you call in advance. If you missed a connecting flight due to delays, the airline is responsible to get you on the next flight. However, you are not protected by the airline if you voluntarily miss your flight.
2. Travel is too expensive! I’ll go broke!
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How else can you travel on a budget? Stay in hostels and look for free activities like free walking tours. Alternatively, consider working abroad. You’ll earn money and travel at the same time!
3. I’m afraid I’ll get lost
First off, getting lost in a city is not always a bad thing, it’s part of the adventure and a great way to discover something new. If you get lost, technology is your friend. Use your phones GPS, or if you don’t have data download an offline maps app to guide you prior to travelling. But don’t rely on technology always. If you do get lost stay calm, ask for directions from a shop owner, and carry on. Also, it is a good idea to carry a paper map and the business card of your hotel in case your phones runs out of battery. Show your address to a cab driver and taxi back if needed. Join a group tour if you would like to have an experienced guide with you at all times.
4. I’m scared that I’ll get lonely
Travelling can have it’s ups and downs and getting lonely is possible especially when you are solo. To avoid getting lonely, stay in hostels since they’re a great way to meet fellow solo travellers. Stay busy by joining daily activities with groups, or better yet join a group tour for the duration of your trip. Consider a tour group with travellers aged 18-39 such as this tour in Spain.
Pack your favourite comfort food and give your friends back home a call if you do get lonely. After you get your fix of home, drag yourself back to the adventure and you’ll notice once you’re having fun again the phase of loneliness will pass.
5. What if I get sick or injured?
It is important to get travel insurance before you leave in case you do get sick or injured. If something happens contact your insurance provider immediately to open a claim and go to the hospital. Remember, getting sick or injured can happen at home as well so you should not be worried about it when travelling, as long as you have coverage.
6. I’ve seen Taken… what if I get kidnapped?
That is quite a scary movie, but don’t mix fiction with reality. Keep your wits about when travelling, avoid walking alone at night, and stay alert. You can also research common scams in your destination to avoid them. Join a group tour if you would like to have an experienced guide with you at all times.
7. What if I lose my passport?
Always keep a photocopy of your passport with you and also keep a scanned version saved online as well. In case you do lose your passport, go to the nearest Canadian Consulate. They deal with lost passports all the time and you will find them easy to work with. Remember they are on your side. It would be a good idea to bring a new passport photo, and if your passport was stolen, report it to the police and bring their report with you.
8. I’ll get homesick
If you feel homesick, now is a good time to take some time for yourself to rest up. Eat those Oreo’s you packed for comfort food. Give your family and friends a call on facetime. Remember to stay positive and think about how far you’ve come. You’re now in a new destination. After some rest, put yourself out there by joining a tour and talking to new people.
9. What do I do if I lose my luggage?
This is another important reason to get travel insurance before you leave. The right insurance package will cover you if an airline loses your luggage. All you have to do is call your insurance provider and they will reimburse you for the necessary purchases such as clothing and toiletries until the airline tracks your luggage and sends it to your hotel.
It’s a good idea to keep your most important items in your carry on in case your luggage is lost.
10. I can’t go since I have no friends to travel with ☹
It is a lot of fun to travel with friends but you don’t necessarily have to. Sometimes you have to do things on your own if you really want to do them. Travelling solo is a great opportunity to push your boundaries, meet new people, and learn something about yourself. Joining a group tour is a great option if you are solo. You’ll meet tones of solo travellers that way.
Remember, travel is guaranteed to provide many lessons in life. No amount of tips, advice, research or planning can actually prepare you for what you will experience when travelling, so just enjoy the adventure and embrace the journey.