The one thing I would like to do more is travel. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to take a road trip or jump on a plane and get lost in some distant destination. Instead, I allow my introversion and excuses to leverage my reasoning for hibernating in my 2 bedroom apartment with my kids. Yep, I take the lonely drive to destination anxiety. I can’t tell you how many plans I’ve cancelled at the last minute and I’m honestly surprised that those people are still my friend. Can anyone else relate or is it just me???
The problem is I get crazy anxiety whenever I start planning a trip. Even if I’m only going to a local restaurant or a 5 hour trip home, I’ll worry about the craziest things. I can’t leave my house messy so I have to get that squared away first (even though I usually lie down and do nothing until its time to go.) I’ll obsess over packing for the kids and me. Should I bring short sleeves and long sleeves? What about toys? Will all of it fit in my car? I’ll literally create anxiety over the actual commute, the cost of traveling, and then create a scenario about an unexpected situation where I can use the money. Oh yea! I can find a million reasons why I should stay at home when deep down I really just want to get out and enjoy myself.
I’ll be 31 years old this year and I’ve only traveled to one state besides the three I’ve lived in prior to now and that trip was in 2013. I really would like my children and I to have more experiences outside of the three states. Even now as I’m typing this I feel the anxiety kicking in, but I’m pledging to travel at least three times this year. I have a couple of weekend getaways planned in March and April and a cruise in July. If I can talk myself into doing more, that would be…a miracle. So don’t get excited because I’m definitely NOT going to get ahead of myself. My goal is to overcome my anxiety and get out more even if it’s just attending a local festival. As simple as that may sound, it’s a real challenge for me.
I would love to hear some of your tips on traveling with or without kids, traveling as an introvert, and traveling on a budget. Leave your tips in the comment section below. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all. More importantly, I can’t wait to share these experiences with my kids.