my fear of traveling

Australia
December 16, 2008 3:43am CST
i think it's in my deepest subconscious the desire to travel. But the idea of getting lost in a strange place scares me that's why I'd rather spend my vacation at home or if to another place, always with other people. So that if we get lost, we get lost altogether. How about you? Have you gotten lost before? Can you tell me some horrible experiences you've had while getting lost?
6 responses
@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
How can you join me on my jet? It's ok, you're not alone. I hate travelling too! When i was a kid i got lost in a department store. lol!
• Australia
15 Jan 09
put me in a box with holes for my eyes?
• Australia
16 Jan 09
you really want this trip huh? I'm game, but bring along that kiamoy you were craving for and I'll bring the cheese dip. Don't forget the bananamus, too. We need to bring a lot of provisions in case we get lost again. I know you never really had formal lessons in aviation.
• Australia
19 Jan 09
okay i won't bring any food. But please hire a professional pilot.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
Well, my job entails a lot of travel. I do have fear of getting lost. But of course, its like an adventure for me. I think that most important thing here is that you have the funds. For as long as you have the funds then there is nothing to worry. That is why, when I travel, I always make some research whether I can afford the trip.
• Australia
15 Jan 09
even getting to cebu is stressful for me. If I only have 2,000 pesos for just a one-day trip, I'd feel so anxious that it might be a very small amount! Because I could barely get anywhere without riding a taxi.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
Hahaha, I understand, It is really expensive nowadays to travel considering the cost of transportation. Well, on my part it is a must considering that it is part of my job. Anyway, I beleive that I will be visiting your place on the first week of february. I hope to see you soon. Best regards!
• Australia
19 Jan 09
uh-oh, we should be extra serious on our marketing!!! hahahaha
@liisafiat (660)
• Latvia
16 Dec 08
The first time when I got lost was at the age of 5 right next to the supermarket. It was my first big travel experience (3miles away from home, oh my) and I got lost. Then I went all the way back home, as I remembered the way, and attented my Mom at the door. She was terrified when realized that she lost me. The end was good, I was still raised up by my parents, right? You should not be afraid from traveling. It is just a huge distance, but You will always find Your way back home. And there are always people around You (evil or generous one- You will find it out by Yourself) whom You can ask for help and directions. Good luck!
30 Dec 08
You didn't actually get lost though. You lost your mother, but you knew exactly where you where and more importantly, you knew how to get home, which you promptly did do without panicking. The same sort of thing happened to me when I about the same age, though my parents and I was staying with my grandfather, and we went to the English Lake District which was about 20 miles away from where my grandfather lived. I wandered off exploring, (as I'm likely to do) and when I got back, I could not find my parents anywhere. So I set of to walk back to my grandfathers house (20 miles!) I got a couple of lifts on the way, and arrived back there the next morning. Quite an adventure! Of course, everyone said that I'd gotten lost, but I knew exactly where I was and how to get back to grandfathers - I'd just lost my parents.
• Australia
8 Jan 09
really, i was 5 and had no idea whatsoever that getting lost was something that adults got scary about when it comes to children. But I was too busy getting amused at the sights and sounds that I barely noticed that i have been wandering off. Thanks for responding
@jwfarrimond (4475)
30 Dec 08
You should not let that deter you from travelling. For a start, you can go in a group, so that you are always with other people and there is a group leader who's job it is to look after you and make sure that you don't get lost. Or you can go with a companion who is more experienced in travelling and who will look after you. If you are on on your own though, get a good guide book and a good map of where you are going to, and study them both before you go so that you are already quite familiar with the place before you even get there. Also, when you are there, always be aware of where you are on the map and take note of any landmarks as you go along. And if you can't read a map...LEARN! Map Reading is a valuable life skill. Bon Voyage
• Australia
8 Jan 09
Yes, I need to know the basics. But really, I suck when it comes to traveling. I don't even know too well the tourist spots of my own province
@maximax8 (27049)
16 Dec 08
I love traveling and have mostly have had great times in the destinations that I have been to. I went to Slovakia and was in small town at its bus station and couldn't find a bus that would take me to Poland. I thought a bus would do so I got on it but it didn't as far as I thought it would. So I went back to the bus station and asked "Does anyone speak English please?" Luckily a Polish boy of 15 years old did and he helped me find the right bus. Funnily I saw him and his dad again in Poland when I was looking at a lake. We exchanged addresses and it was lovely when he visited London and I showed him some of the sights. In Bulgaria a couple of years ago and in Estonia I got lost because some streets were unmarked. I love traveling and will always do so. In January I am going to Cape Town.
• Australia
17 Dec 08
yeah, those are beautiful places. Although I haven't been there.
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
16 Dec 08
Traveling is indeed an enjoyable pursuit for many people, one which allows a person to explore the world and broaden one's horizon. I too enjoy traveling and holidaying each year, and have been traveling for more than 20 years. I was like you in my early years of travel because I have this fear of getting lost in a distant land, and not knowing how to get in and out of airports, move around in a country, get to places I'd like to visit, etc. So I did the next best thing...go on conducted trips where they are fully guided and practically everything is arranged for me. I just have to follow the directions of the guide on my trips. Then over time, I started experimenting with a mixed arrangement, where I still booked a conducted trip but at the end, I extended a couple of days and went exploring on my own. It was fun, and so when I mustered enough courage, I decided to go on fully free and easy arrangements where I plan my own itinerary, book my own hotels, flights and car hire (usually through a local agent). I found I enjoyed my holiday much more that way because I had total freedom where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. I did get lost on some of my trips, especially when driving to remote towns and cities, even though I am quite good at map reading. But getting lost is part of the fun of traveling, as long as you don't panic. At times, I have lost time taking a wrong turn and discovering after driving another 10Km that the landmarks were not what I expected, so had to backtrack all the way to the point where I made the wrong turn. I remember on one trip in South-Western Australia, I made some wrong turns and ended the day reaching my destination in darkness, partly because the daylight hours were shorter. Before reaching the town, I was driving in darkness and it was a little scary, and when I reached the town, we didn't have any hotels booked, and we had some unsettling moments trying to find rooms and dinner. I have since learned to give myself more time on my driving holidays to allow for getting lost and losing time as a result.
• Australia
17 Dec 08
those are exactly the things that I am afraid of. But maybe if I 'll be able to try those conducted trips that you were talking about I'd probably get the hang of it. Goodluck to me, though.