Less that 2 weeks till I go to Romania. I am both so excited and so nervous. All day I’ve been thinking about what is still left to do and how little time I have to do it but it’s just dawned on me the real reason why I’m so nervous. I will be gone for basically 5 weeks. The last time I did solo travel wasย in 2013 when I went to Canada and NYC. It may seem like absolutely nothing to a more experienced traveler but I am just really unsettled by the fact that I’ll be away from home for so long. That, if I decide I don’t like it or that I’m not enjoying myself, I can’t just walk 20 minutes back home to my comfort zone.

I remember feeling like this before I left for Canada as well, but I was younger then. I figured I would be more comfortable with it now. But when I think about it, I have a pretty sheltered life here. I live at home with my parents, I work in the same place I have for 4 years, I live in the same area I have my entire life. There has never been anything uncomfortable or unsettling about my home life, so when I take myself out of it it’s quite a hit. Sorry what? I need to fend for myself now? (Yes I’m aware it’s only 5 weeks and I’m majorly over exaggerating.)

Thinking about everything you need to do all at once is so overwhelming. It seems to be the only way my brain functions lately. When I remember I still have stuff to do, I am hit withย a flood of panic that there’s just not enough hours in the day to get it all done! It’s almost as if there is no more space in my brain to actually work out a painlessย way to work through everything.

I am just definitely having one of those moments where I have been so stressed and on edge for so long about this. I just needed to get it out. But to say all this to someone’s face their first instinct would to be to tell you “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine”. Which isn’t really what I want to hear. That just makes me feel stupid for worrying. So what better place to vent all your woes and worries? The internet, of course! I can already feel a slight calm wash over me.

So thanks for listening ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Stressing Out About Solo Travel”

  1. Chiera, it’s great that you feel nervous and excited! Try and let go of all expectations you have about your time in Romania. Look at how long an average lifetime is and then see that five weeks is nothing, a smidgen, a totey fraction and then you’ll be on the path to Orlando shortly after to relax ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve planned it really well! You have so much compassion and patience to offer people, the kids will love you for being you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t expect to be the worlds greatest teacher on your first try, throw away the expectations and just give it your best shot! The next time you teach you will be able to draw from your experience in Romania and the teacher in you will just get better and better ๐Ÿ˜€ The people around you also want you to succeed and should be there to fully support you. You are fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks buddy! I think the nerves will come and go as per my nervy nature ha! Though this was a nice wee thing to wake up to ๐Ÿ™‚ Even from half way across the world you’re there to make me feel better ๐Ÿ˜€ I miss you! Xxx

  2. Ah, yes, the pre-departure freak-out… I’ve had it before every big move (and even some small moves..) It’s happened to me about 5 times. It’s very natural. Just try to make a list of what you need to do, broken into short, easy tasks and remember that everything will fall into place ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Romania is a cool choice – and a bold one! Way to go you for picking a destination that will push you further out of your comfort zone than Canada and NYC. Without realising it you’ve already made giant leaps towards more confident travels. It is totally natural to have the jitters as your travels come around, but as long as you’re organised with your planning believe in yourself that you’ll have everything covered. Good luck!

  4. I’ve often had the same thoughts: “what if I hate it?”.
    I think my key has always been the knowledge that, because I’m travelling solo, there’s nobody to hold me to any of my plans. So it’s not a big deal if I decide to do something different or even to bump up my flight home and just get out of there. I think that’s one of the real benefits of solo travel. Undeniably, you can feel like changing your plans is failure of some sort, but who cares? Seriously, you’re travelling for your own pleasure so there’s no point doing anything that makes you miserable just so you can say you stuck to your plans. I think it’s more of a failure to make yourself unhappy than to be flexible, to listen to yourself and your emotions, and to do whatever you need to do to get the most out of your experiences.

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