Traveling can make anybody feel anxious, but it doesn't have to!
Traveling the world is easily one of the most rewarding experiences that anyone can undergo in their lifetime. It's what we're all about at Swifty! Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that traveling, in any form, can be a significant source of anxiety for some people. It makes sense, after all. We're talking about inserting yourself into a foreign land where you have no prior experience, and perhaps might not even understand the language. That's a scary thought for a lot of people, but it's not something that can't be overcome. As the video above shows, there are plenty of things that you can do before and during your trip to help ease these anxious feelings and get the most out of your travel experience.
Anxiety can take a number of forms ranging from mild nervousness to severe panic attacks, so it's important that you understand how your own body and mind will react to a new setting. In most cases, taking the time to prepare beforehand can severely lessen your symptoms by making you feel more in control of your surroundings.
However, as many of you are aware, there are some things in life that are simply out of your control — travel is no different. Unexpected flight delays, lost luggage and sudden illnesses are certainly unfortunate, but they happen all the time (yes, even to you!). Being able to recognize that these things happen and, more importantly, that there's nothing you can do to prevent them will allow you to save your energy focusing on the things you CAN control.
Finally, remember to breathe and enjoy your trip. Traveling to any new location really is a wonderful experience and we absolutely recommend that you take the time to step back and fully enjoy each opportunity.
If you're still having trouble overcoming symptoms of anxiety using a cognitive approach, you may want to consult your doctor for further treatment. You can learn more about generalized and specific anxiety disorders here.