Traveling for the first time

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1. Posted by JackBauer (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

My first big trip is coming up at the end of this month and i'm really nervous about it.

I'll be in New York City for a Month, then i'll be in Spain working my way to Greece.

i just keep thinking as much as i'm planning something is going to go wrong.

is it normal to go through these first time nerves ?

has anyone else been through this ?

2. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jack,

I know exactly how you feel. Are you travelling alone/with friends/meeting up with someone?

There's only so much you can plan, so if something's going to go wrong you can't forsee it. It sounds cliche to say try not to worry, I was worried!

For me the hardest thing was getting on the plane, once that was done we were away. It also helped me to look at it in stages. I started with a 3 day stop-off in Singapore, so when I caught my first plane I was just going to Singapore for a few days. Then I had a week in Perth arranged, so again I set off with a week in mind. Once I got into my second week I was fine and excited by the thought of how long the total trip would be and how much of it was left.

I've been back 5 months now and every day I miss travelling. I hope you have a fantastic time. At the end of the day, if you feel really panicked everywhere in the world is at most 24 hours from home. And once you get going and excitement takes over the thing to have nightmares about is coming home. Even now I keep hoping I'll wake up back in Australia, but its always that damn alarm clock beconning me back to work!

Have an awesome time


3. Posted by jefranklin (Full Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting pinkgirlie

I've been back 5 months now and every day I miss travelling.

I've been back 16 months from my 8 months of travels and miss it. I don't think you ever get over it: a friend of mine is off for 6 months travel for the second time in 5 years.


4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello JackBauer:)

Yes I think it is normal to be nervous.
I still get nervous after 20 years of travelling because some of my destinations are getting more adventurous.
Dont try to plan too rigidly. Just make a loose plan and then relax your head by not thinking about it anymore. I think trying to think up solutions and preventions for all kinds of things that might not happen only makes one more nervous.