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Anybody else ever feel this way before a trip?

Old Apr 12th, 2002, 02:17 PM
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I am so glad to see that this is more normal than I assumed. I have actually cancelled a few trips due to last minute anxiety and worry (and lost money because of that) and believe me when I say that it only makes you more tentative than ever (never mind eroding your dignity). I do have a problem with homesickeness and dread the fact that it will happen again. Does anybody have any 'cures' for that ailment called homesickeness? I am now booked to go to Spain, solo, on May 2. I made a vow to plan as far ahead as possible to minimize last minute running around which seems to only help stir up anxiety. I have been cool up to this point but I feel the nerves starting to kick in. But, you know what? I'm going and have practised some relaxation techniques that I hope will help me get through the low points a little easier. Th fact is that I WANT to travel and experience the world. And discomfort is only part of the experience.
Bon Voyage!
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 02:38 PM
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I am really really excited, and I leave in three weeks. However, I have not planned every last minute. We have a rough itinerary and the hotel booked for the first four days, and a car rental for three weeks. That is it. But that is me and not you so I do not judge you at all.

Regarding negative stuff.. they can be the best thing that happens to you!!! We had our train split in rural France and got stuck in a tiny village all day and never did get to see the cathedral we wanted to, but it was the best day of the trip. My husband was pickpocketed the first day we landed in Rome, and Rome became our favourite city because we walked rather than taking public transportation (the pickpocketing happened on a bus). (He uses a money belt now!) One of our best stories is how we drove into Florence and the lanes merged and no one but us seemed to care about driving in the lanes, and our rental Audi was the biggest car on the road, but my husband still managed to keep his cool. All of this is part of the fun.

Natives only hate you if you expect to be treated like back home.

Chin up! It will be fun and you will have tons of great memories!
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 05:02 PM
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Bless you, bless you all! I got more help with this posting than all my other questions about cars and insurance and hotels and intineraries put together. My next trip to France is coming up very soon and I'm fluctuating between angst and exhilaration (mostly angst)--but, hey, I guess I'm normal! Thanks.
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 05:51 PM
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Dear Yikes,
I too travel solo and sometimes get bouts of homesickness/loneliness/panic attacks. The panic attacks are pretty scary, I suddenly visualize the huge globe with me as a tiny speck far far away from everything I know. Sounds weird but it's horrible! Luckily it passes by itself after a minute or so. The homesickness and loneliness also pass, usually by a simple event such as the kindness of a stranger, making smalltalk with someone, and sometimes a long distance phonecall or the internet does the trick! Other than those small episodes, I love travelling solo. Best of luck to you!
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 08:21 PM
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Yes, before I leave on a big trip, I always get anxious, like 'what if I don't come back, is everything in order here?' and 'did I remember to tell everyone I loved them?', and 'what did I forget, can I stand the airplane ride, what if I get sick, etc." But once in the air, I fell FINE, thank you and always have a good time. Remember all, 'tempus fugit', and therefore, DO it now!~!
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 09:42 PM
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I have been excited about my upcoming trip, but the last few days, very down. I seem to plan more with every trip, and it is starting to feel like a chore. I have been planning for a year, and with just a few weeks to go, I can't get motivated to even make a check list, finish my travel binder, etc. I think it is because I am going to be gone for 32 days and have to rely on others to take care of my job, my pets, etc. I have been working too hard to get ready to go and sometimes feel like it just isn't worth it. I haven't experienced this anxiety before and I think it also has to do with all the unrest and tragedy we hear on the news every day now...it just saddens me.

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