I have terrible travel anxiety

posted by Jeff | Thursday, July 13, 2023, 7:16 PM | comments: 0

As we get closer to our big summer vacation, I'm starting to feel a lot of anxiety over some of the travel implications. This has always been an issue for me. It's not the act of any of the movement. I'm find on a plane or any other vehicle, and have the ability to essentially turn my brain off for the duration (which I can't do lying in bed, oddly enough). But it's the issues around timing. Missed connecting flights, getting places later than expected, stuff like that keeps me on alert. I'm the guy who gets to the airport really, really early, because traffic and security and weather and chaos.

I'm sure that part of the issue is that this trip is going to be expensive. It also involves a cruise that you can't miss without ruining your week(s). I'm pretty zen about the shoulder activities before and after, and we've got about 24 hours of extra time at the start for calamities. I think what really triggered me is that there's a big rail strike in the UK, and that sucks for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is that it means private transportation that costs six times as much, and every service has some negative reviews. But also, I think we were all looking forward to a genuine train ride through the English countryside. We don't have many meaningful trains here in the US.

But I'm rolling with it as best as I can. I think once we're in London, we're over the hardest part, really. We're 90 miles away from where we need to be, and at that point, and we've got six-ish hours of wiggle room the next morning. It'll be fine. 😬


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