5 Tips For Traveling With Anxiety

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Most people who have known me since college or earlier were shocked to find out that I travel the world alone. Having suffered through years of severe anxiety, I was the last person anyone would think of when they heard the term “solo-traveler.”

Travel became a type of immersion therapy, which basically means I put myself in anxiety-inducing situations. Armed with my 5 tips for traveling with anxiety, I was able free myself of the crippling fear that was preventing me from creating a life of travel that I love. Now you can too!

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Announcement: I’m Movin’ On Up!

Announcement: I'm Movin' On Up!

It’s quite clear that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with my new-found travel blogger life merging with my day job. With that said, I’m excited to announce that I will finally be quitting my hotel job to become a full-time travel blogger!

My new adventure will include both International destinations and a full U.S. road trip. I also have a few new projects in the works to debut over the course of 2017 including consulting services, a travel store, and more!

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P.S. If you’re struggling with time management, make sure to check out my last post here!

Learn From Me: Airport Transfers

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Working at hotels has given me a unique view into people’s lives. I’ve heard travel horror stories from dozens of people – everything from simple lost luggage to  your hotel neighbor being a human trafficker. Travel itself isn’t dangerous, but life, in general, can be . You always need to play it safe. Just like you wouldn’t get into a strangers’ car at home, you probably shouldn’t do it in Panama either.

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Costa Rica Is For Everyone!

Costa Rica For Everyone

Whether you want to bask in the sun, surf the Pacific, hike a volcano, or zipline through a dense jungle – Costa Rica has something for everyone. Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, lies the beautiful and welcoming country of Costa Rica.

On top of the wide array of adventure (and relaxing) activities available, this country could not be easier to travel to. If you’re American, then you’re  in luck – I didn’t have to exchange a dime of my US currency!
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Stop Being Photo-Shy & Let Your Freak Flag Fly!

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

For some people taking recreational photos and selfies isn’t a difficult thing – just point and shoot, right? When I first embarked on my Instagram and blogging adventure it never occurred to me that I might feel awkward taking pictures.

When you start taking photos for a purpose, and not just for fun, you realize that sometimes you need to do some pretty weird things to get the best shot. Keep in mind that your picture is competing against millions of others for likes and comments, so it has to be great!

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Solo-Travel: Where to start?

I started traveling alone back in  2010 when I  was 25 years old. It’s hard for me to believe that just 6 years ago I was nervous to even eat alone at a restaurant, let alone travel to a different country. I come from a family with very traditional and conservative values, so saying they weren’t thrilled about the idea of me traveling all by my lonesome is an understatement. To ease their minds, and my own, I started small. If you’re nervous about spending a lot of time with yourself, this is a great way to start.

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida

My first “trip,” and I use that word loosely, was in my hometown – a “staycation,” if you will. I packed up a bag and drove myself over to The Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. A big part of being comfortable traveling alone is being comfortable spending that much time by yourself. Of course you will always meet people in your travels, but you need to be comfortable operating by yourself too.

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