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Nervous about travel

almost 8 years ago about All Locations


I want to travel over seas and work in Canada in a ski resort for 6-12 months.

But i am a home person and get really nervous when i travel, and the thought about going over seas by my self sometimes takes over and makes me not want to travel.

I thought maybe if i wait till later in life i might not be as nervous and will go then but if i am still just as nervous i will end up never going which i don't want to happen.

What i'm asking is has there been any 18-19 year old that have traveled and been really nervous before they go and done it and got to there destination and the nerves just go.

Any personal experiences or stories would be much appreciated.


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    Cameron..Do it! Life's too short to wonder what if. I was lucky and travelled a lot when I was your age. You always meet people in the same boat. What have you got to lose? The world is small and if you are unhappy you can always come home. I always wanted to live abroad and it took me until I was 45 to do something about it. I did and have never looked back, Yeah, sometimes I miss 'home' and my family but you get one life and you should go for it! Good luck. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Michael Sullivan via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Hi Cameron, much older but, I did meet an 18 year oriental young lady (she knew 6 languages) traveling by herself. She was going to travel for 6 mon and she'd been there for 4 mon already. She told me how much she had really enjoyed her travel. She also told me that many (not all) Europeans don't like Americans because they say were spoiled brats who feel entitled so learn another language. Safe trip if you do decide to travel :). By the way when I went I traveled with 3 friends, you know what they say about safety in numbers. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Yoli via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    Hi Cameron, I always wanted to travel and so finished Uni in Australia and then headed to Japan for a year to work, then onto to Uk/Europe for 6 months. I was 21. Of course stepping onto the plane was terrifying and teary, but my parents encouraged me. This was back in the days before Facebook, email and mobile phones which make it easy to stay in touch with family - all they got in that time was about 6 postcards.

    I discovered so much about myself that proved really useful and grounding in years to come... I'm not actually all that shy. Just prefer to listen than talk all the time. But staying in hostels forces you to have conversations and meet people. I thought this would be the hardest bit, but actually it's quite easy.

    I also discovered that although I'm quite organised in my life, travel is a fantastic chance to make it up as you go along. I much prefer to travel without an itinerary and just a few good ideas of where to go. This has shaped the kind of trips and holidays I still take today... even with two kids in tow.

    And one last thought. I was nervous as anything stepping onto that plane. But did it anyway. You can't make the nerves disappear - just let them be present, and do it anyway. If you can learn how to live with that knife edge feeling of nerves/excitement, it comes in very handy later in life when you need to make a speech, go bungy jumping... almost 8 years ago

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    also, take a look at this thread here... some great thoughts on how/why people started travelling. You might find some inspiration:
    http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/all-locations/4029/why-and-how-did-everyone-start-traveling almost 8 years ago

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    Before I travelled widely, I met loads of people returning from places like China and overland trips through Africa and I thought 'How do you DO that?'

    Eventually you go ... And realize just how easy it is. You learn to take whatever the world throws at you in your stride and just deal with it (the world doesn't end) and you end up having a fantastic time and taking home truly priceless memories.

    But yes: before you go it seems daunting and difficult and full of problems making you nervous.

    But just GO. Don't wait and put it off for later. There might not be a later. Opportunity favours the young and the free - and I can assure you you don't realize just how free you are until you are older.

    just go (and good luck) almost 8 years ago

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    Do it! You will meet the coolest people, have crazy experiences, and learn about yourself. Canada is so amazing, and if you find someone to take road trips with, you'll see even more. There is so much to see and do in the mountains, and the people who live in them are friendly and interesting.

    It's a safe and easy country to be in. Most ski hills will organize your accommodation for you.

    The biggest thing you'll have to worry about, is how you're going to save enough money for your next trip. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by CanadianBacon via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    The voice in your head telling you to go travel knows more about what will make you truly fulfilled than the voice telling you to stay home. You already know what life at home will be like. You don't know what will happen when you travel. Answer the call to adventure, doors will open for you!
    What if Bilbo Baggins didn't answer his call to adventure? :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YmKVQFu8Ng almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Ananda via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Cameron, I've been to Spain, San Francisco, Paris, Jerusalem on my own, and there's nothing like it. Travelling solo is an experience that will change you for the better, and in so many ways. You connect with people from all over the world, you gain a strong sense of independence, you can handle anything once you've managed to travel alone in a foreign land. DO IT! :) almost 8 years ago

    Answered by RandomStranger via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I was always wondered if I read travelling storys, I felt that I also want to go somewhere but I had just played for time, I had never stepped forward, I was just planning, planning, planning. Then I stopped thinking about how-when-where, and the result is here: I have arrived to another country for living 6 month. I was nervous of flying, and the new things but I was just going and going with this feeling, I didn't look back. And I didn't regret it.
    So don't think so much about it and it will help you to take the first step. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Mara via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Just do it!!!!!,

    When I was 18 I went to Mexico for 3 months with a friend and had never been on a plane or out of the country......
    Ever since then I've had the travel bug and have been to some of the most amazing places around the world.......that's all I think about now is travelling!

    Also as a fellow Canadian.......you'll love Canadian!!! If you need anything help or questions, I'll do my best to help you out!! almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Dawnda via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app

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