Adventure Travel Reflections

Aren’t You Afraid to Travel Alone?

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When I was traveling alone through Europe and Africa, only by means of hitchhiking and couchsurfing, I was constantly asked, “Sarah, aren’t you afraid of doing this all alone?” The idea of sleeping in a random house every 3-4 days on the couch of a total stranger or hitchhiking at times via 3-5 cars every few days alone is an amazing act of courage, but by this time, it has become my normal.

Let’s back up a bit. To answer the question, at first yes, I was a bit nervous. However, when you are doing the same things over and over for a period of time, it becomes quite normal. I no longer have that initial nervousness that I once had.

Don’t be mistaken; I am not afraid, but no matter how much experience I have hitchhiking I will ALWAYS be cautious.

Traveling alone by means of hitchhiking and couchsurfing forces you to form a VERY close friendship with that inner voice that alerts you in times of danger. Sometimes your best friends can lead you astray, and so can that little voice, although it has not yet done that to me.

“Sarah, you are crazy? All it takes is ONE bad experience with one host or driver and you’re DEAD! These things happen to people all the time”.

I hear this all the time. Yes, it is true that all it would take is one bad experience to lead me to my grave. I am more aware of that possibility than most people realize.

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However, if I am aware of the risks, choose my hosts and drivers carefully, and do all that is in my control, why would I focus all my extra attention and live in fear about what COULD happen?

I truly believe that we will attract into our lives what we focus our minds and energy on.I choose to focus my attention on the good in people, rather than the bad. Naive?

One could call it that, but after traveling in over 200 different cars, in over 40 countries, with 100+ different hosts by myself, I have yet to be robbed or in any serious danger.

I choose to keep my eyes focused on one simple belief: There are more people who are willing to help you than to hurt you. If you focus your life around that belief, then you better believe that good things will find you.

How many live in fear of what COULD happen and miss different opportunities that are presented to us?

Do you hear one horror story that happens in the world and base your reasonings around that or are you intelligent enough to take into account the 10000 amazing stories that happen daily?

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    JC from Holland
    22 September, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Sometimes fear catches up with me, but lucky for me I can shake it off again and leave it behind. I do believe fear can keep you sharp. As long ass it is not terrifying or paralysing.
    I’m over 50 and starting a digital nomad life next week. People ask me also whether or not I;m afraid. Right now: Yes, an exited kind of afraid filled with eagerness.
    Am I afraid of my future? No. For every problem there is a solution.

    I think you are a brave young woman. Enjoy Europe and stay careful and carefree. 🙂

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      Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.com
      22 October, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Wow! You are an inspiration! 50 years old and starting a digital nomad life next week? That is awesome! Of course, its so normal to be a bit nervous and afraid. I was the same way when I started all of this. Actually, I returned to Spain for 3 weeks to visit and since I have been back here I have been back doing my normal routine and a bit comfortable….well, I am started back my travels next week and I will say that I am a bit nervous again, even after 6 months of living out of my backpack..Once you start and are traveling and doing things each day, the easier it is…but if you stop, you have to find that courage again! Keep in touch and let me know how your travels go! 🙂

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    Jennifer
    15 September, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Traveling along can create some anxiety but I have anxiety rather traveling alone or with others, lol. Yet, I still love traveling, lol! I must admit, the fear of traveling alone almost made me miss out on going to AK, and I am so glad I overcame that fear and went! I would have regretted not going if I would have chickened out. It was a trip I will never forget!

    http://www.justamilitaryfamily.com

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      Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.com
      22 October, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Jennifer, thats awesome that you overcame your fear and went to AK! What an act of courage! I will have to check out your site and read some of your adventures! Thanks for posting your link and for reading!! 🙂

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    Bethany
    15 September, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    You are such a inspiration. You have a very powerful voice and message, keep it up girl!

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    Susannah Kellogg
    15 September, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Wow! You really are brave! I’m impressed! I don’t think I could muster up the courage to do this. 🙂

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      Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.com
      15 September, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Susannah, you would be surprised! I didn’t think at first I would be able to, but thats exactly why I did it. The more you step out of your comfort zone and do things, the more strength you find in yourself! Thanks for reading! 🙂

    • Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.com
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      Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.com
      10 December, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Susannah! You would be surprised what you are truly capable of. I had doubts at first also, but one you get started, its not so hard! 🙂

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