5 Fears Every Traveler Needs to Face
A list of common fears while traveling and how to conquer them with ease
By Mathew S. Chan
September 08, 2015
We all have fears that hinder us from doing great things; they can even prevent us from going on trips. Travelers, especially first timers, have many fears. As you are traveling, you might find yourself getting fixated on the things that could go wrong instead of what could go right. Here are 5 of the most common fears every traveler faces and some tips to get through them.
1. The Fear of Getting Lost
There may be travelers who love to explore and just wander around, but some of us would rather know where we are, especially if we are in a new area (even more if we are in a foreign country). Thankfully, there are some good Samaritans who help out lost tourists. If you don’t speak the language, you could always read a map, so make sure you brush up on your skills before traveling. The last sure-fire solution is to download a GPS app, map app, or any other type of navigation app you can use on your smart phone. In the 21st century, there’s no need to fear getting lost.
2. The Fear of Your Plane Crashing
It hasn’t really been a particularly good couple of years for aviation with cases such as the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but statistics will always be on our side. According to CNBC.com, if you are riding a plane from a major airline at any given time, there is a 1 in 4.7 million chance your plane will crash. Meanwhile, if you are on a lesser known airline, the odds are still at 1 in 2 million. Knowing these statistics, your best bet is to just book with trusted major airlines. You can use online reviews and websites to pick which airline is ideal to take depending on your destination and origin.
3. The Fear of Not Enjoying Your Trip
This may not be the most crippling of fears, but it can sure stop a lot of trips from happening. We often stick to what we know and like instead of trying new things to assure ourselves of having a great time. When planning for travels, this leads to thoughts of wasting money on things you might not enjoy, which in turn can make you back out of going on a trip. In cases like these, it’s best to just take a leap of fate and be open to new ideas instead of going into the trip with disappointment on your mind.
4. The Fear of Something Bad Happening
These common fears could include getting kidnapped, hurt, robbed, and more. You can reduce the chances of these things happening by planning your trip carefully. Stay in a good neighborhood and be aware of current events. Follow common safety tips like always telling people where you’re going and keeping your money in multiple places (for more tips, read Travel Safety and Security Tips on TravelBook.ph). It also helps to learn basic self-defense to keep yourself at ease while on a trip. Traveling in groups is another solution because as they say, there is safety in numbers—as long as you travel with people you trust, that is.
5. The Fear of Traveling Alone
Although traveling with others may be your comfort zone, sometimes, if you want to go somewhere or do something you really want, you’ll have to work on it yourself. No matter what your age, the fear of the real world can hit you hard. Just remind yourself of the benefits of traveling alone (for more tips, read 5 Reasons to Travel Alone on TravelBook.ph). There’s not much to fear, especially if you’ve traveled a lot in the past. Think of it as normal traveling, only with more responsibility. Just remain ever vigilant on your trip and you will get by just fine.