I am not going to say that the first few times I traveled I did not have that initial fear but that fear had more to do with the unknown. I think one of the reasons I am so comfortable with traveling even alone is the amount of technology available to prepare yourself. A great deal of my anxiety comes from the unknown and with things like apps for airlines and maps it takes away a lot of the unknown. I am a planner and traveling allows me to utilize this strength. I have just as much fun planning a trip as I do going on it.
The first time I traveled alone was a two week tour of Great Britain which was a celebration of finally finishing my Bachelor's degree. I was not completely alone for this trip but traveled through the school with people I met once before the trip. It had been a dream of mine to visit England and after wasting my twenties on a man I was going to live my life in my thirties. So I set out for the adventure of a life time! I loved all of the United Kingdom it was an amazing experience that six years later is one of the greatest highlights of my life.
Two years after visiting the UK I decided I needed another trip; something more than a quick trip to Vegas. I asked around but no one would really commit to going. So I got out my computer and started doing a massive amount of research on tour companies for a trip to Ireland. I decided if I was going to be going completely alone this time I needed to at least use a tour group. After spending days researching the benefits of each tour company as well as the various locations they visited I decided to again go with Globus Tours the same company the school used for the UK trip.
Yes I do realize it is beyond crazy that I cannot walk into a gym without freaking out or even a family event but I can travel across the world and spend two weeks with strangers. I don't know what it is but I love nothing more than visiting somewhere new and just blending in. I think my love for discovering new places and visiting places I read about trumps any fear I could have.
So tonight I am boarding a plane and flying to Dallas, TX to visit a friend for a couple of days. I am beyond excited about not only getting to see that friend but getting on that giant bird in the sky. I use to drive by the airport every day on my way to work and it took everything in my power not to just exit there and jump on a plane. I would give anything to just wonder the world.