Andrea Wright speaks openly about travelling with anxiety.
Anxiet;, a word that keeps popping up in everyday life. There are various things that can make a person anxious and for me, one of these things is transport. Whether it is just getting the train to college or a plane halfway across the world, I cannot help that feeling in the pit of my stomach. Alone or with a group of people, that feeling will still be there. There isn’t exactly a cure for anxiety but there are things you can do to make sure it does not get the better of you.
For me, travelling with anxiety means the fear of missing my bus or taking too long to get through security in the airport. The best way to deal with this is to make sure you do not end up in the situation in the first place. For example, if I have to catch a flight at 9am you can bet that I will be there by 7am just to be on the safe side. Get through security, find your gate and it is plain sailing from there with less queues and crowds. This same idea goes for any form of public transport.
During the Summer, I went on holidays with my brother and he arrived at the airport almost two hours after me, I felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack thinking he would be late. He wasn’t, but no amount of reassurance could stop how I felt that day. What makes it hard is when others don’t understand exactly how you are feeling but that is okay because there are those of us who do.
Travelling with anxiety does not have to mean just hopping on a plane and hoping for the best. It can occur in the planning, getting there, finding your way around, especially if it is a new experience. I remember the first time I went on a plane alone. It was a long-haul flight to Australia. Nervously navigating my way around strange airports for the first time without having anyone to help can be daunting but then you get on with it, get through it and it wasn’t all that bad.
Every country operates differently, including how you get around. Interrailing can be nerve-wrecking when you have so many stops and use various trains. Never be afraid to ask for help. The worst that is going to happen is that someone doesn’t know, annd if that's the case, then just try ask someone else. This can be a bit intimidating when you are in a new place but it is better than getting lost in a town you have never been before. People are often friendly and helpful. Anxiety when travelling is normal, a lot of us suffer from it but that is okay. Take a few deep breaths, count to ten and push through it, it will be worth it once you get to your destination.