Anxiety can take on many forms, but for us it seemingly adds up to a misery inducing worry about pretty much everything. If there’s something out there that can make us anxious, chances are we’ve thought about it at some point.
Pretty much everybody suffers from anxiety at some stage in life and really, a little bit of worry is good for us, it keeps us out of danger. When that worry overcomes us though and starts to become irrational, then it becomes a problem.
Below is a collection of our posts about the different causes of anxiety we’ve felt.
Fear of Social Interaction
Sometimes the scariest thing in the world is other people. In this post we talk about where social anxiety may come from, as well as offering some tips to help with socialising when traveling.
Avoiding Social Interaction
Of course, many of us just prefer not to socialise at all. In fact we hate social interaction so much we’ll do almost anything to get out of it. Even if it means climbing a mountain.
Driving an Old Car
An old car means that at any moment you could have a breakdown. This post is about the pains of driving an old car and the stress you feel when you think your car can’t make it up a hill!
Fear of Flying
The plane is taking off and you hear a loud noise. You grip the armrest of your seat and picture what that noise could mean. Surely the plane will crash?
You’re in a country with new words or a new language. This post is about the horrible embarrassment of pronouncing new words, even in English speaking countries.
Heights – Going to the top of tall buildings
A common worry for many, which is easily avoided, is that of heights. Unfortunately when traveling you often pressurise yourself to go up tall buildings to see the amazing views from above. Is it worth the anxiety though?
Illness – Hypochondria When Traveling
Are you the type of person that can spend hours on WebMD convincing yourself you have a rare form of illness? If so, this post is for you. I discuss getting sick abroad and the complete torment it can create.
Another common worry is that of using (or not being able to use) the toilet. This can get amplified while abroad due to traveling on long buses. In this post I discuss my own toilet anxiety and how I try to deal with it.
Many people are put off from traveling alone as they’re scared of what may or may not happen. Here we discuss where the anxiety may come from when traveling alone as well as some tips to make traveling alone easier.
Financial Ruin – Running out of money
Since we’ve been traveling long-term for a few years, the fear of running out of money is always at the back of my mind. Here we talk about the stress of trying to find a job while in another country.
Crossing the Road in Vietnam
Vietnam is a country where the roads are almost constantly filled with traffic. Crossing the road is almost impossible. You’re taking back to being a kid again and have to learn how to cross the road.
Fear of Riding a Motorcycle in Vietnam
In a country filled with motorbikes sometimes it’s the only way to get around. But is it safe?
Going through Immigration
Passing through immigration into a new country can be a nervewracking experience. You feel guilty, but you’ve done nothing wrong. Should you have declared the Snickers bar in your bag? Are you going to get sent to prison for smuggling chocolate?
This was always on my mind before I traveled for the first time. I was constantly worried that I’d get mugged – is it a rational fear to have?
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