We are traveling this week to Maui, Hawaii. It’s the first time for me and it feels exotic – I have to keep reminding myself that we will still be in the US. On the other hand, it also makes me slightly sick to my stomach. Everyone who knows we are going keeps asking “are you excited?” or saying how jealous they are. But honestly, traveling makes me anxious.
In the spirit of transparency anticipating a trip makes me anxious. Doesn’t matter what kind of travel it is (family, work or pleasure), just the thought of leaving my home overnight seems to amp up my anxiety meter. Doesn’t matter that I’ve had remarkable experiences sleeping over somewhere else for a weekend or a year, I always have moments of “I’d rather stay home.”
What the heck is that about?
Besides the obvious answer (the unknown), “sleep overs” also seem like a lot of work – figuring out the dogs, the mail, the substitute teachers for my classes, rearranging clients (when possible), making reservations, choosing the “right” excursions and so on and so forth ad nauseum.
I have way less anxiety if someone else is making most of the decisions and I can simply be the great travel companion – because once we are underway, I’m ALL. OVER. IT.
Once I fill the gas tank, stow my carry on, hit the gangway – THAT’s when I start to get excited. But the prep needed to make it to the transport is ALWAYS filled with some level of anxiety – even when I’ve made a trip hundreds of times.
The good news is – somehow I get through the anxiety. This week my coping mechanisms have been overindulging in leftover Holiday fare, playing a few too many computer games and listening to Jack Reacher novels on CD almost non-stop. Oh, and making a list and checking things off (like this post). 🙂 Once I start checking things off – I feel better, more capable, less stressed. Then the door of excitement has a chance to open.
I’d love to read about your lead up to travel – are you excited beyond measure? Do you have slight anxiety? Are you the person so laid back that maybe you almost miss your flight? Or so busy you can’t even think, you just go go go? Please share 😀
Big love and anxiety-free hugs, j