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Tips For Travelling With Anxiety

AD | Whether you’re jetting off to turquoise shores, snowy mountains or staying closer to home for a UK staycation, anxiety can play an annoying part in a lot of our travel plans. I love going on holiday and weekends away but my anxiety always rears its ugly head at some point leading up to or during the trip. Travelling with anxiety isn’t an uncommon problem by all means.

Travelling With Anxiety

Whether it’s a flying phobia or general anxiety (like me and my generalized anxiety disorder which conveniently makes me low-key anxious about everything and nothing, all the time) nobody wants anxiety of any kind to ruin their holiday. And whilst most of all will always be a bit worried about something going wrong on holiday, here are some useful tips for travelling with anxiety to ease it!

Medication

The first and probably most obvious one is medication. I’m now on anxiety medication (after 9 years of refusing it, the straw finally broke the camels back and I threw in the towel) and if your anxiety is particularly bad, your first point of contact should always be your GP. If there’s something specific you’re anxious about – like flying – they’ll probably be able to give you something for that too.

Breathing & calming techniques

External factors we can’t control. But we can control our breathing, our thought process and what we’re personally doing to make ourselves feel better. So in the lead up to a holiday, try practicing some breathing techniques which can be your go-to when you feel anxiety creeping in. You may also look into mindfulness, meditation, visualization or any other means of comfort for your trip – like a certain smell or piece of jewelry.

Be prepared

As Scar says, “be preparedddd”. And he’s right. Preparation is KING. Especially for those of us with anxiety. Feeling out of control can be a huge anxiety trigger. And going on holiday – where a lot of things are out of your control – is a cocktail for anxiety. A lot of people have mental and/or physical impairments which prevents them from just packing their bags and taking off into the skies.

So a lot of people may require more preparation for their holidays and trips away. For me, researching everything thoroughly really helps with my anxiety. Printing documents out as well as having them on my phone prevents me worrying they’ll go missing. And keeping track of transport timings, traffic and things like that help me keep some element of control over the journey (even if it really is all in my head!)

And for those with physical disabilities as well, it’s even more important to be prepared for holidays and trips away. You might not know this but people in the UK who have oxygen tanks from the NHS aren’t allowed to take them out of the country. So companies such as The Oxygen Store provide oxygen tanks to rent for those who need them who are leaving the country to go on holiday!

Self care, self love & kindness

Unfortunately, anxiety doesn’t always disappear as soon as you’ve reached your destination. But that doesn’t mean your holiday has to be ruined. You’re not in your comfort zone, so it’s more important than ever to be kind to yourself and prioritize your self care. If you’re feeling anxious, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you need a time out, take one. Take a notebook with you and journal your feelings. Be extra kind to yourself.

How do you prepare for your holiday or trip when anxiety crops up? Do you have any special technique to manage it?

Travelling With Anxiety

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

62 Comments

  1. Breathing is so valuable. I always underestimated it before.

  2. I get high anxiety when flying, because I set alarms off everytime, used to be with my metal hardware in hips, and now it’s a replacement I’m sure I will do in sept. It freaks me out, but I try to deal with it with meditation and breathing techniques

    1. Oh no! I bet that’s annoying knowing you’ll have to deal with that when you go to an airport!

      1. It’s so scary though I don’t know why really. I hate the attention and they drag you off for x-rays at times

  3. Fab and useful post. I used to be a terrible flyer. It was a wonder I went anywhere thinking back.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. Wow really? I haven’t flown in years x

  4. I’ve suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for years, I find that if I can do the x tables or recite recipes in my head, not out loud, it calms me. I’m also on meds. xxx

    1. Recite recipes? That’s a different technique!

      1. lol, I know, but it works. xxx

  5. A helpful post, as always. 🙂
    I find that I overthink when even travelling in small spaces (let alone abroad) but have found that carrying a small, weighted object in my hand helps to distract me. 🙂

    1. That’s a good tip!

  6. These are excellent tips Jenny. I hate travelling. It makes me sick to my stomach at the thought of how many things can go wrong etc. Your guide has honestly really helped me and has given me a few tips to use on my next trip.

    1. Glad you found it helpful x

  7. These are great tips for people who suffer with anxiety. I think that being prepared helps being less stressed in general so I imagine it makes a big difference if you’re anxious x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. It really does make a huge difference! Although I’m always convinced I’ve forgotten something haha x

  8. Daisy says:

    If I ever get the money to travel, I’ll be using these tips to help me survive! I do get anxious about being on a plane so medication may end up helping me through the flight, I always have to prepare with a long list!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Long lists are a life saver x

  9. Macey Gloria says:

    I’m so blessed to not have experienced anxiety when I travel, but I do think I will have a little bit of it when I fly for the first time. These are fab tips!! Really appreciate them 🙂

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

    1. Best of luck with your first flight!

  10. When I travel anywhere, I always like to be well prepared, as I have to take quite a lot of medication with me, I definitely need to be prepared! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Oooh yes that’s wise! My ex boyfriend had type 1 diabetes so it was so important for him to be super prepared!

  11. Being prepared for any situation definitely helps with my anxiety x

    1. Me too x

  12. Great tips! My partner has really bad flight anxiety but what he finds helps is making sure we have seats together on the plane, and having loads of activities to focus on, such as films and games on his phone. Meditating can also be particularly useful for him when we’re experiencing turbulence and the take-off/landing. I think it’s important to really get to know how your anxiety works in these sorts of situations, and before you do anything else accept that you feel that way – then you can realise which steps work best for you and really focus on them.

    1. These are all amazing tips!

  13. Preparation is key for me. I always get anxious about travel so I like to make sure I’m as sorted as possible before we leave to prevent any meltdowns! Lists, documents etc really help xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Oh yes me too! I always over-pack too, “just in case” haha!

  14. Anika May says:

    I totally agree with your point on prepping yourself. I feel way more anxious if I don’t know what’s coming and if I don’t feel any control. Lovely post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    1. Oh same, feeling out of control is the WORST.

  15. Emily Ann says:

    Great list! I do all of these things when I travel. Traveling with anxiety is so exhausting and just thinking about traveling when you have anxiety is anxiety inducing! But there are such helpful tips and they’re a great reminder. Especially the one about being kind to yourself. When I travel, I also allow my schedule to be a little loose, so if I need to take a step back in case of a panic attack or to compose myself, I can. Knowing that it’s okay that plans can change and won’t ruin the vacation is something that really reduces my anxiety as well.

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. That’s a really good idea. And totally agree, I love going on holiday but thinking about going on holiday makes me anxious before I’m even ON the holiday haha!

  16. As usual, your writing does not disappoint.

    These are sound, wholesome tips for people traveling with anxiety since anxiety is not something you should ever let hold you back from stepping out into the world and exploring! With the right steps, you can travel and enjoy it.

    1. Unfortunately it IS what’s stopping me doing a lot at the moment but I’m working on it. I don’t want it to stop me, of course!

      1. Sending you lots of good vibes so you can push past that!

  17. I have severe anxiety so everytime I have a getaway or holiday I feel the anxiety creeping in. Like you mentioned, doing thorough research can be really soothing and helps me just try to relax a bit more. I’m also considering anxiety medication too.. still something I’m debating. On the fence still. Good post 🙂

    Coralle x

    1. I’ve been on mine for 2 weeks and don’t really have anything bad to say about it. I put it off for literally 8 years haha! But no horrible side effects so far. Although I haven’t felt much difference but it can take a good few weeks to kick in 🙂 Definitely something to talk to your GP about!

  18. I always take things with me that make me feel super safe!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Yep, that’s a really good idea 🙂

  19. Tell me about it, I have been travelling on my own for over 10 but always get anxious before a trip. And I mean really anxious. I want sooo much to travel that get worried that something might happen and prevented me of doing so. Usually I am fine when I reach my destination but before… I haven’t booked my flight tickets yet and I am already worried about visas and something going wrong with entry requirements. For me planning is key, but even so… thank you so much for sharing this tips, wishing you all the best. https://www.daisyandthyme.com/thyme-to-dress-up-daisys-looks-tips-son-de-flor/

    1. Travelling on your own despite having anxiety is AMAZING though. I’m seriously in awe of you.

  20. This is so helpful, thank you!

    1. Thank you.

  21. sarah says:

    I get such bad anxiety when going on a plane 🙁 xx

    1. I haven’t been on a plane in years!

  22. Really useful tips for anyone who has anxiety and is planning to travel! 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Thank you

  23. Ellyn Rebecca says:

    Great tips! Not just for travelling either. I want to do some more travelling outside of family holidays. I’m quite introverted, and don’t mind being alone but it might be a whole different ball game being in another country.

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    1. Absolutely. I’d love to travel alone to another country but I definitely don’t have the confidence!

  24. These are such helpful tips! I am loving reading your content and seeing how many insights you have for so many areas of life!
    Rosie

    1. Thank you!

  25. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    These are great tips for someone who suffers from anxiety. I don’t suffer from it myself but I can only imagine what traveling with it bust be like.

    1. Anxiety is the worst! These tips are great. I tend to get lost anxious is I am suddenly or unexpectedly alone or in a crowd I wasn’t prepared for. A lot of travel stuff strangely relaxes me and I don’t know why. I think maybe it’s becuase travel makes me think about other things… X

      1. Great tips for anxiety sufferers .Excellent read.

      2. Thank you.

      3. That’s a good point. I agree though, sometimes when I’m away I’m MORE relaxed than at home because I kinda can’t afford to get too worked up? It’s usually the build up to a holiday and anticipation that makes me more anxious than the holiday itself.

    2. It’s awful!

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