Objective: Travelling with Social Anxiety
You scroll down your Instagram feed and watch people travelling to every corner of the world. Looking anxiously at your screen you might think “Damn If it wasn’t for my anxiety, I’d travel all the time”. Well, today is your lucky day. I will tell you how to travel the world from the comfort of your social anxiety.
Should I travel alone?
Short Answer, yes. Long Answer depends on the situation. There are certain places that travelling alone might not work. These would be places that are crowded such as Cancun Mexico, London UK, Las Vegas USA.
In these places you might feel like you stand out like a sore thumb. Because they’re centered around public events like: concerts, sports stadiums, nightclub raves. Which most people that have social anxiety would not be too fond about anyways.
Many people with social anxiety tend to realize that travelling alone is the best way to travel. What does this mean? It means that when they’re in large groups, they tend to get overloaded.
What if I don’t want to go alone?
More people? No problem, this is the safest way to go travelling. A major bonus to go with a few people means that you don’t need to do most of the talking.
Some people feel social in spurts, but always do not feel like talking. Travelling with outgoing friends, works well for when you just want to go along for the ride.
The best strategy is to go with 2-4 friends. This means you have enough people to entertain each other; yet, not enough to get left-out/ignored the whole trip.
Who should I go with then?
Outgoing socially active friends.
Friends that share your same interests: Hiking, nature etc.
People that are not exhausting for you to be around
Choosing a Country to Vacation to?
I can’t choose a specific country you should go to. What I can do is telling you specific ideas.
Go to Countries That are From Different Cultures
Being in a foreign country makes it easier to interact with locals. This is because you’re not as worried about following the norms. Why? because you don’t even know they exist.
When I visited Ghana, Africa. Greeting people was easy as 1-2-3!
I did not mind just saying what’s up to different people or sounding weird. Why? Because I had no idea how normal people acted in their culture.
On top of that locals are more lenient and receptive to tourists. Firstly, because its always refreshing to meet new people. We always want to make a great first impression to visitors.
Secondly, the stereotypes of all tourists being loaded with cash might not hurt either
Countries Where People Don’t Speak Your Language
Many claims that being in a foreign country and not speaking the language is awesome. This is because the focus of your conversation is more on communicating your point.
Compared to being in a country where they speak the exact same language. Now your worried about how they think of what you said, and if they found your jokes funny etc.
Find Object/Event Focused Activity
Social anxiety gives people the “don’t know what to say syndrome“. Sometimes you feel like you know what to say, other times you don’t to learn more about speaking publicly with anxiety, check out my guide on public speaking with social anxiety.
Event Focused Activities
Napping on the beach
Explore Nature: Hiking, scuba diving etc.
Pick a Tour Guide:
A tour guide makes travelling with social anxiety a breeze. Their job is to guide you through fun experiences and do the talking and schmoozing for you. You can learn more about choosing the perfect tour guide here.
What if I can’t find a professional tour guide?
No problem. You can always choose activities at a resort with instructors. Having an instructor is the simplest way to enjoy a new place without knowing the ins-n-outs. Plus, I’m sure they would not mind giving you some tips on local places to explore. Especially if you ask nicely (give a nice tip!).
What If I don’t want to give a tip?
Never enough for you huh? Alright then, why not catch up with an old friend? The best tour guides are people that have been living in that city for years, and that you know personally. Not only will they know the city well, they will know what you prefer!
So those were my tips on how to travel with social anxiety. Remember to just take your travelling plans one wave at a time. Your “job” as a tourist is to have fun. The standards are set low for you, to be honest. Being respectful and polite already puts you ahead of the pack. Safe travels, … and wait. Don’t forget to bring me a souvenir.
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29 thoughts on “How To Travel With Social Anxiety”
Great advice as usual 👍
Glad you enjoyed it!
Anxiety is such a hindrance. It really holds us back. Maybe one day they’ll be a magic pill?
I really hope it’s invented soon!
I really enjoyed reading this post, it really helps someone like me who constantly suffers with anxiety when going to places.
So happy to hear that!
Good perspective! Traveling with anxiety is awful but overcoming it is an amazing feeling!
Travelling is the best and anxiety shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love!
I actually love to travel but I hate crowds. I don’t know if I have anxiety, I think I probably suffer from it mildly, I don’t like being around lots of people, I don’t feel safe. But I will do things if I motivate myself enough such as travel to countries that are a lot more populated than my small country of 6 million people. I know I don’t like drawing attention to myself, I used to be painfully shy but over the years, I have learned to be less so. My love of Martial Arts actually helped me to deal with my shyness but every now and then, it becomes my master once more. I still can’t talk in public or in meetings. I just don’t like the thought of people looking at me and judging me. I think this is one quirk of my personality that will never leave me. Thank you for this post, it was a great read! 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it and that art has helped you out!
I love this! Usually I get scared for other people who travel places ALONE especially where they don’t speak the language. So..I love that this post mentions traveling with at least 4 people cause that’s a pretty good amount of people to keep you first of all safe and then entertained lol
thanks for sharing <3
Yeah I would be terrified to travel alone to be honest and I think it’s much safer and definitely a lot of fun to travel with more people!
Very helpful 💙
Glad you enjoyed it!
Brilliant idea for a blog post 😊👌
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Loved your post Pooja, it was so insightful especially to people like me with anxiety! I have a new blog up – posted today it’s a good read but getting better as I go. Thank you for inspiring me and many others Xx
Thank you so much I’m so happy to hear that this inspired you!
Great advice, I cannot relate with the social anxiety situation but I would like to travel more. Still being young creates a problem because we have to have one holiday a year, and it’s usually not abroad. Anyways, to the future! X
Well like you said there’s always the future and I hope you can travel a lot more someday!
Thank you! 😊
Nice post. These days travel is a fashion hence the list on bucket is on surge. But as you said it….it needs careful planning one wave at a time .
Yeah definitely needs a lot of planning and prior research!
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