Okay so I'm wanting to leave for Canada at the beginning of 2017, when I'm 19 years old. I want to go to an animation school in Vancouver, and the programme lasts for two years. The thing is I've hardly traveled, much less traveled alone. I haven't even been to my nearest city alone because it makes me so nervous.
I live in New Zealand so things that could happen here are relatively mild compared to some horror stories I've heard about going overseas. I've heard Canada's nice but it's also foreign to me. Even if I haven't been to my nearest city alone, I still know it relatively well to get by.
Then on top of that I still have to sort out things like accommodation and visas and loans for studying. I'm trying to leave these things to worry about until it's closer to the time because I still have a year and a half until I leave but they're just a few of the things I worry about, even this far from the occasion.
I've tried to go into the city with some friends just to get used to it, but they always cancel on me and I'm too nervous to go by myself. I'm flying down south for a holiday with my mum and my sister in November and I'm going to try and treat it like a mini Vancouver test, but my mum's in charge of the trip, not me. I'm just there to follow her lead.
Plus I have no idea how airports work, let alone how airports work in a different country.
Sorry for the stressy post but I really really want to go to this school and I'm far too nervous to go at the same time.
Any ideas on how I can overcome my nervousness/anxiety?
Knowledge is power. Go on the internet and learn as much as you can about airline travel, passports, car rentals, hotel accommodations, etc. You have time to learn. The more that you know, the less anxiety you would probably have. You still have plenty of time, so just get started now. As you have questions that you cannot seem to get the answer to, post those questions on this forum. There are a lot of wonderful people here who would be glad to help you. Good luck.
Great post by Rob, good points.
Here's something else to remember: You're not planning on doing anything unique. Untold MILLIONS and MILLIONS and MILLIONS of first time travellers have done exactly what you're going to do. It's not tricky, weird or complicated. You're not breaking any new ground. Everything you're planning yo do is utterly normal. With some research and preparation this will be easy, trust me.
Vancouver is one of the easiest, safest and least intimidating destinations you could possibly choose. It's a spectacular city for a nervous first timer. Honestly, you have NOTHING to worry about.
I assume you wish to enrol in the Vancouver Film School? It's a great facility and you'll love it.
Maybe you ought to book a couple of trips that are closer to home for you to go on by yourself, and then hopefully the thought of loosing your money will make you go on them and then once you've done that you'll feel great and ready to go to Canada!
How about taking a few trips by yourself, to a neighboring town or some other place close to home? Little steps will take you a long way, and this is a great way to get accustomed with solo travel.
Rob is right, you can always ask for more specific advice around here, or on other travel forums to put your mind at ease.
All in all, Vancouver is a pretty good start, try to enjoy the test trip without stressing too much about the details, you'll get used to airports in no time and there are always info boots to help you out. Turn this experience into something pleasant and try to learn as much as possible out of it.
Contacting some of the other people who were accepted into the same programme as you and exploring together would be a fun and easy way to figure things out!
You're now an adult, and it's time to bite the bullet, as they say. I think you should be more worried of becoming housebound than experiencing the world, and I think you need to cut the strings to your Mom.
Travel is really a piece of cake, and very enjoyable. Stop thinking about future plans and take some action now. This is the prime of your life - don't let the good years get away from you.
Thank you so much everyone
CheersT - Yes, I am wanting to go to VFS! I've heard great things about it and it looks amazing.
Your points about the millions and millions and millions of travelers before me have calmed me down, so thank you. It's reassuring to know that I'll be in the same boat as so many people. I mean, I always assumed that but it's nice to have someone else say it too (or type it...)
I've been thinking of taking a trip by myself to my old town. It's an hour away so it's not far, and I know the way and the town like the back of my hand so I think it's a good place to start.
Daawgon - I'm not quite yet an adult. I'm 17 at the moment and still in school so...yeah If this travel thing is a flop then I'm going to uni to study engineering