Pre-Trip Anxiety

At 6:30 am on Saturday I will be on a plane heading to Florida to get on a big boat and then spend 8 days doing as little as possible.   Yet over the last few days I haven’t been excited. I’ve been anxious. I’ve been  rundown agitated and unable to focus on things and having difficulty sleeping. I am not anxious about a specific thing.  I am not worrying about the plane flight, or getting sick on the ship. I just have a general sense of unease and of being unsettled.

I have been thinking back and I get this same feeling before trips. Whereas other people get more excited and count down how many sleeps until their trip starts I seem to be trying to make the time before pass as slowly as possible. I had the same feeling before Monaco in 2008 and London/Paris in 2012.  I loved both trips.  I am confused by this.  Could it be because of the list of things I have to do? If I was doing something big like going to live in Paris for six months I could understand but I have no idea why I have this reaction to going on a cruise and sitting in a deck chair. Does anybody else experiences this sort of thing?

3 thoughts on “Pre-Trip Anxiety”

  1. Traveling to new places is fun, but makes me anxious, particularly if I'm in charge (or by myself) and even more so if there's responsiblities on the other end, ie. a work trip.

    I've realized in the last few years that I trust in the routine of every day life to be able to do well at my job–when the routine gets tossed out, I start to freak out a little bit.

  2. I'm with you, Tim. I love traveling, but I'm always super nervous beforehand, and I never really know why. Too many unknowns, maybe?

    -Nathan

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