Travel Anxiety Symptoms

Travel Anxiety Symptoms
Travel anxiety is a concern for more than 6 million people worldwide. A bad case can restrict your outdoor experiences to camping in your backyard and hiking around the neighborhood. If you suspect you suffer from travel anxiety, seek treatment before it affects your adventuresome spirit.


Travel anxiety may be caused by previous travel-related accidents or claustrophobia or may be a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Travel anxiety can develop at any age.


Most symptoms listed below will be marked by nausea, dizziness or trouble breathing. Symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. Treatment options vary accordingly.


Claustrophobia is a telltale sign of travel anxiety. It may occur before or during car, train or airplane travel. Claustrophobia may may occur in tents, bivy sacks or zipped sleeping bags.

Mounting Dread

Would you give up a chance to climb Denali because of the plane you would have to take to get there? If you face trips with a sense of trepidation on a regular basis it is a sign of travel anxiety. Serious cases include nightmares and panic attacks before travel.

Need to Drink

Alcohol abuse is a telltale sign of anxiety. If you are unable to travel without consuming alcohol, you likely suffer from travel anxiety or a more general anxiety disorder.


Treatment for travel anxiety depends of the severity of the disease. You may be able to calm yourself with breathing exercises, meditation or acupuncture. In more serious cases, you will need to consult with your physician.

Article Written By Caroline Schley

Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

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