Travel is the ultimate perception-expander.
It forces you out of your comfort zones and catalyzes tremendous personal growth in a short period of time.
While travel is often quixotically romanticized, very few people address the other side of the coin; and that is the anxiety or fear that often accompanies travel. Anything that causes profound transformation carries with it an equal but opposing force of resistance.
Travel can be uncomfortable, scary and stir up anxiety in even the most zen people. The personal growth that comes from travel is a byproduct of constantly working through the resistances and fears that arise within you.
For me, anxiety tends to arise when I have to catch any form of public transportation or when entering an area deemed as unsafe. But I’ve learned to release myself from the clutches of travel anxiety by practicing a little ritual. And each time I do it, the clapperclaw of anxiety has less and less of a hold on me.
I came up with this self-guided meditation, or affirmation ritual, on a bus ride in Costa Rica and made the habit of doing it whenever I’m in transit. You can use it anywhere, any time or make a habit out of it like I do. But it’s especially useful when you feel that travel anxiety coming on.
The Travel Gratitude Ritual
Step 1: Close your eyes and take three deep breaths (into your belly) through your nose.
Step 2: Say these affirmations to yourself:
I am grateful for being able to travel
I am blessed
I am safe wherever I go
I attract positivity like a magnet
I relish in new experiences
I trust the process of life
Life is good
Note: You can repeat the affirmations as many times as you want. Sometimes, if you’re really overwhelmed, it might take 3-4 rounds before you calm down.
Step 3: Bring your hands to your heart and say thank you three times.
That’s it. Your travel anxiety will be gone, or at least greatly reduced, in a matter of seconds.
It’s also important to genuinely feel gratitude while you do this ritual. Not just think about it, but FEEL IT in your heart. Gratitude and fear cannot coexist.
Travel anxiety doesn’t stand a chance against the combination of gratitude, deep breathing and a reassuring faith that everything will be alright.
Try it out and enjoy the journey.
– Stevie P!
Check out some of my other travel-related articles too:
11 Unique Ways to Optimize Your Travel Experience Wherever You Go
9 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life
5 Reasons Why Traveling is Like Playing a Video Game
The Joy of Minimalism: Traveling the World with Only Carry-On Luggage
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