Whether you’re moving to a new city or heading on a great backpacking adventure, it is natural for some anxiety to follow you. New languages, transportation, climates, and cultures can be overwhelming. Here is a list of 6 ways that I avoid anxiety while on the road!
Meaning put your phone down, the computer up, close the instagram app. You always have home to return back to, so do yourself a favor and avoid the unnecessary FOMO. It’s all about living in the moment any who!
This one might require the most self control, but we all know exercise creates a clear mind and helps release the tension that we are feeling. Take a walk or jog in the new destination that you’ve come to explore. In my opinion, this is the best way to explore a new place! If you enjoy group classes, many cities offer promotions for first timers. This will allow you the flexibility to try out something new without a long term commitment!
Do something you’ve never done
This one may sound contradictory, but when you are out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself with something you’ve always wanted to do you’re likely to forget about your anxiety in the first place. Take a surf lesson, go on a group tour, hell you could even jump out of an airplane if you’re feeling up to it. Nothing so satisfying like crossing off another bucket list item!
As travelers, sometimes we can feel misunderstood on the road. Unable to explain all the amazing moments that we are experiencing. I’ve learned that the journey isn’t always meant to be shared with friends and family at home and that’s perfectly okay! Write out your thoughts, moments and lessons learned so that you can always look back and see how much you’ve grown.
Nothing says distraction like getting lost in a book. Many hostels have book trades available where you can leave a book you’ve already read in exchange for a new one. Which leads me to my next point-Stay in Hostels
Stay in Hostels
Hostels are an incredible way to meet people on the road. You are constantly surrounded by like minded individuals and travelers from all over the world. Most always there is a common area to hang out in and group trips and tours that the hostel will arrange for you. Even if the shared room isn’t your thing, many hostels offer private rooms that will still allow you access to their services and community!