Since returning home, Shanny has written many great blogs for us. Enjoy her latest GeoVisions blog of the fear travelers face.
When we travel, it doesn't matter where, how long or with whom- the truth is we'll be gone. And the life in the place we are leaving behind, as long with the people there, will keep going on without us. So the fear is about missing out, about imagining a life in our absence. A life where things do happen and we are not there to experience them. And there's the fear that the people we leave behind might forget about us. That they won't need us anymore. That we won't matter.
The traveler’s fear is true as well, but it's a different one, a more exciting one. It's a fear that is not quite that, but more of a sense of curiosity.
Fear paralyzes you, while curiosity moves you. It boosts you forward.
The neutralization is knowing (or hoping) that what we are gaining by going out to see the world will be so much more than what we are losing by staying in the same place. A traveler understands that fact and replaces the fear with interest, with that eagerness to know and do more. People who remain on the fear cycle may never understand what for us wanderlusters feels like to embrace that fear. To embrace that uncertainty of what that voyage may bring, with whom our paths will cross, what adventure is waiting to be lived, what person will we become, what would this journey mean in our life.