Top 7 Travel Fears and How to Overcome Them

Top 7 Travel Fears and How to Overcome Them


“I have accepted FEAR as part of life – specifically the fear of change…..I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: TURN BACK….”


What gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we all have.

Traveling isn’t as dangerous and complicated as most people think. It is accessible, affordable and commonplace these days. It is the best gift you can give yourself. Solo Traveling can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore the beautiful world, meet new people and understand different cultures.

But there are few people who simply sit back not because they don’t like traveling or they cannot afford it. It’s fear – the fear and anxiety about all what-ifs?  The fear of heading out into the great unknown and fear of what will go wrong when they get there. And this fear is stopping them from living out their travel dreams.

The world is full of wonders, and it is not as scary as we are led to believe. The good and positive travel memories far outweigh the bad. So, deal with your fears and don’t miss out the chance to explore the fun and excitement the world has for you!


Fear of Discovering New Places

There are few people who think that the world is not a safe place anymore and foreign places are dangerous. They not only stop themselves from traveling, but they also try to prevent others from traveling abroad.

People are often afraid of travel because they don’t know what to expect. In other words, fear of going abroad is just fear of the unknown

How to overcome:

  • First, do some research. This way you can get some of the insider knowledge on which places to avoid and which are must see.
  • You’ll feel more comfortable with the idea of visiting it.
  • Use your common sense and trust your instinct. As long as you keep an eye on your belongings, avoid dark passages and avoid taking help from strangers, you’ll be just fine.


Fear of Language Barriers

It’s terrifying to think of visiting somewhere and not being able to communicate with anyone. How you’re going to get around, buy food, understand signs and ask the important questions?

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But this fear is probably the most unfounded. As English is widely spoken around the world, and even those who don’t speak it may have enough of a basic understanding to be able to help you out.

How to overcome:

  • Learn as much as you can before your trip.
  • Prepare yourself by learning a few key words and phrases in the local language like,” hello,” “please,” “goodbye” and “thank you.”
  • Use a translator application.


Fear of Tragedy

Tragedy can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere, even at home.

Mostly people get scared to travel because of the possibility of disasters like What if I get robbed? What if the plane crashes? Getting sick or injured abroad and so on.

How to overcome:

  • Always check the travel warnings before your trip to make sure there are no environmental or security risks out for the country you will be visiting.But you may need to check one relevant to the country you are from.
  • Stay in contact with your family and friends.
  • Be alert, and be informed.
  • Never let your bag out of your sight.
  • Always keep a first aid kit.
  • Think positive and be optimistic.


 Fear of The Unknown

People make all sorts of excuses for why they can’t travel. The reason behind each excuse is fear of the unknown and the unpredictable. Fear of getting out and not knowing where your foot will land.

How to overcome:

  • Have smart and thorough research about your desired location before starting your venture.
  • You can make your route, which places to avoid, and where to try the best food.
  • Good preparation will keep you calm and excited about your trip.


Fear of Offending

When you travel to a different country, try to get a feel for your surroundings. Cultural differences are a beautiful thing but when it comes to traveling to a place where everyone if offended by everything, we can get scared of these differences. Our actions, our clothing or anything we do might accidentally offend someone.

How to overcome:

  • Prepare yourself before you visit. Try to learn the culture of the country you’re planning to visit.
  • Try to assess the likes and dislikes of the locals.
  • Learning is a big part of the travel experience. Let people teach you and make an effort to change your behavior while you are a guest in the town.
  • Keep your head about you, follow cultural norms, and be alert.
  • Be nice to people and don’t let negative thoughts spoil your trip.
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Ø  Fear of Getting Homesick

Homesickness in unavoidable. Going away from your loved ones is tough but remember that it’s temporary and you’ll be home soon enough.

How to overcome:

  • Keep in touch with your friends and family.
  • Think about the memories you’re going to make.
  • Keep thinking why you went traveling in the first place. You wanted to explore new places and meet new people.
  • Fear of Losing Passport/ Credit Cards/ Wallet

The fear of losing your important documents and valuables is terrifying and nuisance. But this doesn’t mean your whole trip would be a disaster.

How to overcome:

  • Don’t carry cash and credit cards in your wallet every day. Leave them in your hotel safe and carry what you’ll need for the day.
  • Don’t carry passports or other identity papers unless you have a good reason to.
  • Keep copies of all important documents and give one copy to a trusted person back home.
  • Stay alert and informed.


“We must travel in the direction of our fears.”

Traveling is a wonderful way to bring excitement to your life. One of the most beautiful things about travel is you learn to face your fears and overcome challenges on the road.

These fears can be overcome with logical thinking, right preparation, and understanding of the culture and your surroundings.

So, get ready to explore the amazing world. Prepare your bag, get a good pair of boots and head off! Live the life that people write novels about!

Shawn Michaels

Blogger at Thesmartlad
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves traveling. Currently, he is studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at
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