This is not a travel blog. It’s not about how to quit your job and sell your stuff and embark on a trip around the world. It’s not about travel hacking, or manufactured spend, or trolling for glitch fares. It’s not about dancing the bonus airmiles credit card shuffle. There are already plenty of good sites out there that show you how to do all those things.
They’ll teach you how to travel for free, or almost free, by learning how to play the points game. They’ll show you how to cut your accommodation costs by couch-surfing, or pet-sitting, or house-swapping. They’ll guide you toward developing a portable income, so you can be location-independent, and earn all you need to get by in whatever part of the world is calling your name.
Once you’ve read Nomadic Matt, or The Points Guy, or The Richmond Savers, you’ll know “I can’t afford it,” isn’t much of an excuse for staying home anymore. But then again, maybe it’s not money that’s holding you back.
Maybe it’s fear.
If fear is your barrier, this is your blog. It’s about finding a way to move beyond a life that’s too small for you. It’s about climbing over, dismantling, or ignoring the barriers that can keep you from walking boldly forward into the wide, wide world. It’s about tending your dreams, and living with purpose, and making your life as big as you can stretch it. It’s about stretching yourself.
Yes, you’ll have to go outside your comfort zone to do that. You’ll have to move beyond the limits fear imposes on your life.
Here’s the good news – you can do it. And you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of people out there who can relate to your fear of travel. And there are plenty who’ve overcome it. They’re hodophobes turned hodophiles. They’ve gone from fear to “there.”
I’m one of them. Although I’ve been a specialist in the treatment of anxiety disorders for twenty years, I’ve been consumed with the study of travel anxiety in particular for the last three. I want you to benefit from what I’ve learned, so I’ll be sharing it with you here.
I’ll post tips for your trips, recovery stories of former hodophobes, pieces of my travel journal and any other informative or inspirational material I can find on the topic.
And if something you find here helps you live the life you’ve imagined, I hope you’ll write and share your story with the rest of us. Play it forward. Help an anxious traveler out.