From Fear to There

Hi. I’m Kathy, head hodophobe at From Fear to There and author of a book by the same name. I spent 20 years in mental health practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and I’m currently an online college instructor. It’s the perfect job for me, since I can do my work anytime, anywhere.

I’ve always loved to travel, but it often made me nervous too. Whenever I ventured into the unknown, I imagined the worst. I handled my fears the same way most people do. I avoided. And when I did, I missed out.

Fortunately, I had lots of opportunities for learning how to conquer fear. Working with anxious clients motivated me to learn all I could about effective treatments, and whatever I learned, I used to help myself too.

Circumstances, or fate, or whatever IT is, also worked in my favor. I had experiences that helped me see how important it is to choose wisely how to spend my time and other resources. “Avoided Life Because she was Afraid” is not something I want on my tombstone!

I haven’t been to every country or even every continent, but I don’t let fear hold me back anymore. That’s because I made a vow to myself – when the world calls, I’m going to answer. I’m going to follow my heart and live my best life, even when I’m afraid.

I’ll see where that takes me.

Fear of Flying course

3 Easy Steps for a DIY Fear of Flying Course

Fear of flying is one of the primary barriers to a life of happy travel, yet courses designed to dispel that fear are abundant, affordable, and effective. You can even design one yourself, based on a typical program offered through many airlines and counseling offices. You’ll need to include these 3 easy steps.

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safety behaviors maintained my fear of flying

Safety Behaviors: What They Are and Why it Matters

Could the actions you take to get rid of your fears actually be making them worse? Afraid so. According to the research, “safety behaviors,” the common behaviors anxious people believe to be helpful in getting rid of anxiety play a role in maintaining it, instead. They can even make it worse.

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getting rid of travel anxiety

3 Pieces of Bad Advice for Getting Rid of Your Travel Anxiety

Isn’t the internet great for finding answers? Unfortunately, it’s easy to come across bad advice here too. It’s all mixed in with the good stuff, which makes it hard to know the difference. And to make things even worse, the bad advice often has a kernel of truth hidden somewhere in the middle of all the hype and misrepresentation. But finding the truth is like looking for a needle in a haystack. You practically have to be a mental health professional or a recovering hodophobe to tease it out of all that fodder.

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Showing the light for anxious travelers

Role Models for Anxious Travelers

I just came across this article by Tim Trainor for the East Oregonian. It’s an interview with Roanne Van Voorst, world traveler, anthropologist, risk specialist, public speaker, author, trainer, rock climber, personal coach…well, the list goes on and on. She has fear, or has had it, about all these things, but she doesn’t let it hold her back, and that makes her a good role model for anxious travels.

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We Hodophobes Overestimate Risk

The fears that kept us from hitting the road were way out of proportion to the risks. It’s not that the things we feared could never happen. It’s that the chances they will are far smaller than we imagine them to be. So why are our visions of travel disaster so persistent?

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Inborn traits may the source of your travel anxiety

What Causes Travel Anxiety – Part II

Not long ago, I mentioned that one possible reason for your hodophobia is an insecure attachment style. But it’s also possible that the way you were raised has little to do with your travel fears. Here’s another idea. Maybe you were born that way.

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What Causes Travel Anxiety – Part I

To travel is to be a stranger in a strange land. We may be calling your fears about this illogical today, but even though they’re out of proportion to risk, in fact they’re perfectly natural. Humans are designed to fear unfamiliar people. They’re designed to fear unfamiliar surroundings.

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