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June 23rd, 2005
Travel and Fear

I was watching Michael Palin’s Himalaya travels last night. (We’d taped it.) I’ve watched several of his shows, including Around the World in 80 Days. If you get a chance to catch one of these shows on the Travel Channel, do so. He does an amazing job of showing you everyday life in the cities and towns that he visits. Nothing is glamorized or belittled. He doesn’t make fun of people like some shows do and he doesn’t come off jaded, which is quite a feat given how much he’s traveled.

You may wonder what my point is…I swear I have one. *g* I realized after watching the second episode of Himalayas that I fear going to most of the places Michael Palin travels while my dh dreams of having similar adventures. This got me thinking. Is my fear cultural? By that I mean is it due to the cultural separatism we have here in the states? Or is it learned from the media?

My dh is a Scot and grew up in the UK. He doesn’t think anything of traveling around the world. He yearns for it and misses his traveling days. (People in the UK have MUCH longer vacations than here in the US. They can get six weeks off a year.) In fact, we have a friend going around the world right now.

Last night I realized how much I miss out on due to my fear of ‘exotic’ places. When did I become such a chicken sh*t? Along with my new career plan, I believe I will develop a strategy to combat my irrational fears. Is your fear keeping you from doing something you’d love to do?

11 comments to “Travel and Fear”

  1. I’m with you on how terrific Palin’s stuff is. I’ve loved all his travel adventures. And yeah, I’m with you on the fear. I have traveled extensively in the US, but I’ve not been overseas. I want to go to a lot of places, but say, Calcutta wouldn’t be one of them. I think you have a point about the cultural distances, and that I’m cutting myself off from wonderful experiences. Let me know how your plan goes. Maybe if we do one really scary thing, then the tide can turn.


  2. Jo, I’m all for turning the tide, but I’ll let you know right now that I’m not jumping out of a perfectly functioning plane. 😉 *ggg* Hmm…what can I do that’s scary. I think mine will have to be traveling to Egypt. It will scare me silly, but I so LONG to see the pyramids and ruins of Ancient Egypt. Now back to work on that plan.


  3. I will travel ANYWHERE! *g* I will not, however, DRIVE in strange countries. That’s my irrational fear. It’s something that has developed as I’ve gotten older. Didn’t used to bother me to drive in places like England and Greece, but now, I’m a nervous wreck.

    My other irrational fear? Talking on the phone. I HATE talking on the phone. Especially with people I don’t know. I will probably never call an editor because I’d throw up. Email is my weapon of choice! *g*


  4. I want to move to the UK and have a six week vacation. I am most definitely NOT afraid of doing that!


  5. I adore Mr Palin! He’s one of my heroes, and I have all his videos and can watch them again and again…

    Er, us Brits get six weeks holiday? Teachers, maybe, and folks in the higher echelons of various jobs, but most working people don’t get *nearly* that much. In certain blue collar jobs, holiday leave is actually pretty stingy.


  6. Ooh, I saw him talking about that series on a news show and I want to be sure and catch it. Thanks for reminding me!


  7. Larissa, You are brave. I’ve never tried to drive over there, unless it was the side-seat variety. LOL! I did spend almost a month in Scotland one year and thought by the end of it that I could drive there. Unfortunately, that was a few years ago, so I’m back to being frightened. *g*


  8. Sorry, Wendy! I didn’t realize that not everyone received that kind of time off. The people I know in Scotland over there (computer and medical workers) do. :-/

    Jill, You better not pack your suitcase yet. 😉


  9. Suzanne, The next one’s on Monday.


  10. I love travelling, my husband and I travel as much as possible.

    My father died a few years ago in a tragic accident, but since then my mother has been to every single country that you can think of. In one year, she experienced Japan, Australia, China, Tunisia, and Egypt. She usually goes with a close friend.

    What I have noticed about the few Americans that I have met, is their lack of interest in visiting other countries in order to experience other cultures. I’ve always thought this was quite bizarre.

    Over here, we really look forward to getting away from it all!!


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