My mission is to help fellow anxiety sufferers who want to travel: by sharing my experiences, providing anxiety tips, and delivering travel inspiration as I re-discover the world – if I can do it, so can you! Discover new experiences with me!
The name “That Anxious Traveller” could apply to a lot of people (there’s more of us than you might think), but this particular one lives in the UK, and has always dreamed of journeying around the world. I had a period of my life when I was fairly fearless about travel, but after a few setbacks, my anxiety increased at a rapid rate, knocking my confidence and ability to consider going far. I’ve cancelled more trips than I care to think about, and in each case I’ve regretted it immediately. This blog is to document my baby steps back into travel – with the ultimate aim of building up the confidence to go backpacking, preferably in Asia! – whilst sharing my tales of woe to inspire others into not cancelling, not letting anxiety control your dreams. Also photographic delights, tips, reviews, general travel chat, wistful dreaming, and the occasional funny.
There may be some who’ll read this, and think, “pfff, how can you be writing a travel blog when you’re not backpacking around the world? Lolz.” To these people, I say two things: firstly, who thinks the word ‘lolz’ to themselves? And stop making horse noises. Secondly, I think that can be a restrictive view to have of travel blogging. Yes, backpacking around the world is wonderful, and I’d love to do it, and I want to do it, and I have complete admiration for my fellow bloggers who do just that. They’re the ones who’ve inspired me to go on this course of weaning myself back into seeing the world, and I’m hugely grateful to them for sharing their experiences. But travel can also be small-scale. Building up the foundations through local travel – and remember, what is local and familiar to you, can be exotic and exciting to someone else – and gaining that confidence to go further out into unknown territory. Sometimes it’s not just about the journey; it’s the journey to get to the journey. That can be as big and scary as the backpacking.
So, who is this blog for?
- People who want to see an anxiety sufferer attempt to beat the nerves and the self-doubt. Probably also people who want to see said anxiety sufferer experience various panics in various locations.
- People who are in a similar position – anxiety sufferers, the shy, the dreamers, the new travellers, the people who cannot travel for whatever reason, and who want to live vicariously or gain inspiration.
- People who have beaten their nerves, and are now living the travel dream – please, come and share your experiences and tips with us!
- People who are experienced adventurers, who have never suffered from anxiety – your input is also valuable, and this will give you an insight into how those anxious travellers think. Next time you spot one in a hostel, you’ll know how to bring them out of their shell, and make a new travel friend.
- Basically, everyone. You’re all welcome. Enjoy!
amindfultravellerblogJuly 13, 2017 at 11:49 am
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check it out when you get the chance. Thanks. Lorelle X
thatanxioustravellerJuly 14, 2017 at 9:16 am
Thank you very much! 😊 x
amindfultravellerblogJuly 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
You’re very welcome. 😉
fkasaraNovember 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm
Hi, I just found your blog through Ishita, and I wanted to say to you that I found your idea and approach really interesting and inspiring! Finally someone who says that travel can also be small-scale and that travel blogging should not be founded on a preconceived idea! (It seems to me many bloggers think you should respect specific standards and I don’t like that).
I also like the fact you suggest travel as a way to face one’s “demons”. Few years ago I was going through a rough patch and it was actually a trip that gave me the strength to go back in track 🙂
I will surely follow you. See you.
thatanxioustravellerNovember 8, 2017 at 10:15 am
Hi Sara! Thank you so very much; I’m SO happy and touched to read this! I really do believe that there’s no rules to travel, apart from respecting the place you’re in, along with its people – travels don’t have to be big, or exotic, or perfect. Every trip is being out there and seeing the world!
And that’s brilliant to hear! I’ve had my own experiences with that, lately – since I’ve been to Italy, I’ve really noticed an improvement in my anxiety, and what I think I’m capable of.
Looking forward to chatting with you! 🙂
fkasaraNovember 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm
Amen to the principle of respecting local people and customs: I see SO MANY people who just want to show off and public travel pics on social media, who don’t have the slightest idea of what it truly means respecting the place they are visiting.
And yeah, travel is about being curious and eager to learn. It doesn’t matter if it’s not an exotic trip!
Yes, travel is great in getting you out of your comfort-zone and facing your fears. For me, at the time, it was truly a crucial moment.
Glad to hear my country was helpful in some way 😉
It’s nice to get to know you ❤😀
thatanxioustravellerNovember 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm
AMO l’italia in particolare!! Mi arrabbio se vedo la mancanza di rispetto dell’italia!
I’m still learning, had to look up a word or two; hope I got that right! I’m teaching myself using apps and a stream of Rai1 😛
I completely agree – I can’t bear seeing people disrespect a country they’re a guest in, or treat the people who live there like staff. Nononono!
And you too! Piacere di conoscerti! ❤️😊
fkasaraNovember 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm
AlkistiMarch 23, 2018 at 8:45 am
Love your blog. I will follow! Starting my travel blog as we soon. @alkistiko
CarlyOctober 10, 2019 at 4:10 am
I’ve only just found your blog and so excited to read it! I’m a super anxious travelling who ran away from NZ three years ago to live in the jungle in Sumatra. It was (and is) terrifying. And in spite of a fair amount of travel around Indonesia since then, I’m still anxious, it’s still hard, but I still do it. And so much more I want to do!!! Look forward to reading your stories.
thatanxioustravellerOctober 10, 2019 at 9:42 am
Oh wow, that’s amazing!! I’d love to visit Sumatra, and I think what you’ve done is incredible – I’d love to read your stories, too!
I think travel anxiety is something that never fully goes away, but it’s a case of finding the ways to push it to the back of your mind, instead of letting it make the decisions. Accept that anxiety is there, but ignore what it has to say! 🙂
KaitlynJanuary 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm
I was researching solo trips to London and found your blog. I’m so happy to find someone else who shares a feeling of paranoia about travelling, but really wants to get back into it. I’m taking a trip through G Adventures this year and I am SOOOOOO nervous, but I still want to go through with it. I’m also planning to start travelling more often at the end of this year, and my anxiety is seriously pushing back my dreams of seeing the world. It’s so nice to find someone who also shares these feelings and is brave enough to write about them. I will be reading your blog posts all week!
thatanxioustravellerJanuary 21, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Hi Kaitlyn! Thank you so much for your kind words! ❤️ That’s fantastic that you’re travelling with G Adventures – trust me, you’ve already taken the biggest step by booking it! Travelling in a group is definitely one of the best ways to get into travel, and I’ve zero doubt that once you’ve been on that trip, you’ll be thoroughly bitten by the travel bug. Keep in touch and let me know how it is! 😀
KaitlynJanuary 21, 2020 at 11:23 pm
Thank you so much! Your words mean so much. I’m already taking notes from your blog posts and I’m slowly getting more and more excited to start travelling more. I’ll definitely let you know how it is 🙂