Going on a vacation should be a relaxing, happy experience. However, for me it often is an extremely stressful time. There is so much that can go wrong and every little inconvenience feels worse when it happens in a country you’re not familiar with. I just got back from a holiday outside of Norway, and created a list of everything that scares me when traveling.
1. Missing a flight
My biggest fear while traveling is definitely missing a flight. I hate being late, but the thought of being late for a vacation is even worse. I always set several alarms on days I’m traveling, because I’m scared I’ll oversleep. I usually arrive way too early at the airport as well, which gets pretty boring at times.
2. Getting robbed
This is a rational fear, as scammers and robbers often target tourists. However, I’m also really scared that someone will break into my apartment while I’m gone. That’s a less rational fear because I live in a safe area and there have been no break-ins in the apartment complex for the past two years.
3. Lost luggage
Waiting for luggage in an overcrowded place is such a stressful situation. Will I get my bag? Did it get on a wrong plane? Did they lose it? Will someone steal my bag as it gets through? It’s not really the bag I care for, but its contents. That’s why I never bring expensive clothes or shoes with me on a vacation, and keep expensive electronic devices in my purse.
4. No access to medication
Imagine being stuck at the airport for a few days or losing your luggage. No access to medication, because you kept that in your luggage. It’s such a scary thought. That’s why I always carry my asthma medication and birth control pills in my purse. There’s also backup medication in my actual luggage as well, in case my purse gets stolen.
5. Losing important documents
I check my purse and pockets multiple times an hour scared to find something missing. How will I get to my destination if my plane ticket is lost? How will I get back home without a passport? How will I pay for everything if I’m stuck in a foreign country without credit card?
6. Getting sick
More specifically, getting an asthma attack worries me a lot. I don’t want to get sick or end up in the hospital, and specially not while on a vacation abroad. I often carry a small bag with various medication with me. Aspirin, asthma inhalers, birth control, pills against allergies, cream for mosquito bites, pills against vomiting, etc.
What are you afraid of when traveling?