6 things that scare me when traveling

Scared when traveling

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?

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  1. I try not to panicky when travelling otherwise I lose my head and for sure these things will probably happen, but they’re definitely what I’m most worried about when I do travel.

  2. Most of these have happened to me and once they do you realise that it’s never as bad as the fear would suggest (I must stress I haven’t been robbed or lost important documents although I was with someone who did). I think that it is the challenges that we learn so much from when travelling

  3. Yup those are all my fear. When i went traveling round Europe last year I was so sure we would be robbed or bugled. Luckily that didn’t happen and my husband now laugh at me for worrying so much…

  4. Whenever I’m taking a flight, I don’t fully feel calm until takeoff. I almost never check bags but even with carry on I get antsy that they are going to make people check bags when there is no room. The whole time I’m just thinking “let me get on, put my bag away and find my tiny seat without incident and I will be good!”

  5. I have to say I don’t worry about any of these things. Part of the enjoyment of travel for me is to be out of my comfort zone. It means overcoming challenges and finding solutions and these things help us grow as individuals. I have missed a plane. Long story and it was stressful at the time but it wasn’t the end of the world. You can generally access doctors and get medication wherever you go – even in a third world country we have access to medicine. We have also lost a passport, which was expensive and frustrating to replace, but was manageable. Being robbed is an issue in almost any big city in the world. The best thing is to be sensible. Don’t display all your money, don’t flash lots of jewellery, don’t walk around with all your valuables and money in the one bag, don’t get drunk or take drugs, especially if you are on your own. ALWAYS have travel insurance. Things don’t always go to plan, but that is part of the adventure and can lead to experiences you would never have had. Most of all have fun!

  6. I have the same fears, specially #3 and #5. But that’s the risk we have to take, even though some of them can be avoided with good preparation and organization

    1. I’ve been traveling all my life as well, the worries just never go away for some reason. But I’m glad they’re at least not stopping me from traveling 😀

  7. Getting sick, and having no one to turn to. Which actually happened to me in Paris, when I was on my way to visit a friend in Montmartre. When I called to tell her I was sick, and a little dizzy, she actually came to look for me and found me, two taxis later. I still shudder at what I would have done if she had not come.

    So yeah – I like being alone, but as I get older (I’m 67), this scares me.