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Fearless Travel – Conquering Your Fear

Becoming a Traveler Part Two

We all have some kind of fear. Our fears are the thing that often keeps us from pursuing our dreams. Fear of failure. Fear of spiders. Fear of flying. Fear of inadequacies. The first thing to overcome your fear is to acknowledge it. And that is exactly what I did. Because I was, and still am, afraid of flying.

My fear – flying

Travel and Fear

About thirty years ago we had a bad experience on a flight. We lost an engine. We had an emergency landing that involved lots of firetrucks and the plane was doused with flame retardant. Yep…it was frightening and it changed me into a fearful flyer.

Conquering my fear

I worked really hard to overcome this fear…it took me a long time. I was embarrassed about my fear and didn’t want to seem weak. But for me travel was far more important than fear, so I persevered. I studied and found ways to acknowledge and address my fear. The best way I did this was with a book called Flying Without Fear by Duane Brown.

Flying Without fear by Duane Brown

Your fear could be very different than mine, but it still may be the thing that is keeping you from Becoming a Traveler. Finding your fear, and finding a way to fearless travel – conquering your fear – will be different for each person. No matter what your fear is, acknowledging it is your first step to opening yourself up and stepping forward.

Travel With Someone You Trust

Someone to travel with

Once you acknowledge your fear, whether it’s snakes or flying, talking to someone you trust is the next good step. And finding someone who understands your fear who can travel with you is your goal. I am lucky to have my husband who holds my hand during take off. Who might you have who can help you conquer your fear? Your fear might just be the unknown of stepping out of your box. Take a friend, a family member or find a like minded traveler who you can be honest and open with. Together is the best way to exit your comfort zone.

Find like minded travelers here.

Peace of Mind

As you step forward towards becoming a traveler, look to destinations that give you peace of mind. You don’t need to go to unusual places…start slow and find places that offer the amenities that make you comfortable. As you grow in your comfort as a traveler you can then grow too, to explore more destinations that reach further from where you began.

Peace of mind

CNN Travel has a great list of destinations for 2023 that would each be a great place to start conquering your travel fears. See it here 23 Places to travel in 2023

Start Slow

Don’t try to do too much – 15 cities in 14 days? Forget about it. Find one destination (or maybe two) where you can settle in and get to know the place. Allow yourself lots of time to sleep and relax because jet lag and travel fatigue can increase your fears. Eat healthy and drink lots of water. Then take your time to explore at a pace that works for you.

Relaxing and not trying to do too much

Travel Fatigue is real – I know! And it can cause you problems whether you are on a short trip or are a full time nomad. Being aware of what it is and how it affects you is an important part of travel. Learn more about it here – Travel Fatigue Explained

Fearless Travel – Conquering Your Fear

With each trip your confidence will build and you will conquer your fear…or at least learn to manage it. That is what I have done with flying. Over the past seven years I have take 172 flights for a total of 253,130 miles flown!

And I’m afraid of flying! If I can do it so can you.

Acknowledge your fear. Find someone to talk to about it. Connect with a travel partner. Go slow and have fun!

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  • Reply Kim

    I’m a nervous flyer, but I’m okay once I’m in the air unless there’s turbulence. It is a necessary evil though to get to all the wonderful places in the world.

    January 27, 2023 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Teja

    Oh that must have been a terrifying experience! I hope I never have it.

    Mine was the fear of not being able to spontaneously make friends with people very different from me, and it would leave me isolated when abroad. I finally found a workaround, which is to travel to volunteering projects, and that gave me the confidence and experience to manage solo travel afterwards.

    January 27, 2023 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Wonderful idea!

      January 28, 2023 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Alma

    Oh, my, your experience could not have been pleasant but at least you came out unscathed and thankfully conquered your fear of flying. It is great that you still want to travel. Loved this post!

    January 28, 2023 at 7:37 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you Alma!

      January 28, 2023 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    I am sure glad I was never afraid of flying. So much so that I actually went out and got my private pilot’s license. But I have travelled with people with a deadly fear of flying and can’t imagine how they overcome that terror. I remember we went to Ireland for business and we talked for the entire trip. I was exhausted when we landed. But she survived the trip. But I do agree that it gets a bit better with each trip.

    January 28, 2023 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Heather

    Such a great and important post. I’m not a fan of flying either and would love to have a husband to hold my hand! one day. But good on you for fading your fear and continuing onward.

    January 28, 2023 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Dotti

    What a beautiful post. I appreciate you sharing your personal experiences and sharing the wisdom you’ve gained from them. Thank you.

    January 29, 2023 at 2:19 pm
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