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Travel fears: 4 things I’m shit scared to do

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I wouldn’t call myself adventurous. I enjoy travelling to new places and learning about new things, sure. But when it comes to adventure travel or activities for thrill – you won’t see me running for the front of the queue. I did have a go at one underwater activity while sunning my buns on Aruba, and it definitely gave me more confidence to give adrenaline sports a go, but I have a lot of typical travel fears. I’m not talking about being too scared to fly or the worry of being mugged, my travel fears involve some of the fun stuff people do when they travel.

Travel fear #1 – Bungee jumping

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Being upside down makes my brain itch. I never enjoyed the monkey bars at school, rollercoasters make my stomach lurch, and I’m not looking to enjoy The Waterfall any time soon. So, the thought of plunging upside down into a canyon, lake or solid concrete isn’t something that gives me a warm fuzzy. It gives me a squeaky bum, actually – something that’s definitely not enjoyable when your arse is higher than your head.

Travel fear #2 – Abseiling

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This time it’s a height issue. Sometimes my brain likes to decide whether it wants to enjoy an amazing view and when it just doesn’t feel like it. This meant that I was able to take in the gorgeous stretch of a night time Manhattan from the Empire State Building, but I missed out on a panoramic of The Vatican from St Peter’s. I kept myself together while taking pictures from the top of San Francisco’s Coit Tower, but a tour of the gallery at St Paul’s sent me into a spinning (literally) dimension. Abseiling would mean I’d have no choice but to continue the ascent if I started to suffer with vertigo, since – y’know – THERE’S NO STAIRS ON A CLIFF. Let’s just hope I don’t get over my acrophobia with an ending like Scottie’s, eh?

Travel fear #3 – Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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A lot more serious than the last two, granted, but still a pretty popular travel fear. We all have something we’d love to do for charity and this seems to be one of the biggest and toughest things people do to raise cash and gain a personal experience of a lifetime. In a nutshell, I’m shit scared of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro because of the altitude sickness and the fact I’m as weak as a Lidl tea bag.

Travel fear #4 – Zorbing

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This is basically all of travel fear #1 mixed with a bit of claustrophobia. I imagine zorbing feels and sounds exactly like sitting inside one of those balloons filled with rice at the fairground. You know, the ones you’d bounce non-stop off your wrist and they’d make a swoosh sound with all the rice jumping around inside? Zorbing is most definitely not on my to-do list. Besides, I get a bit sicky even on the teacups so I’d not fare well inside a giant testicle.

Does anyone else have any travel fears they’d one day like to overcome? Are you scared of doing an adrenaline sport that everyone else seems to be raving about? Tell me about it!

Charley is a professional copywriter and tea-lover currently living in Leeds. She writes about city living and city travel (with a few cats thrown in).


  • Jade -

    I wouldn’t ever do any of the things where my feet were not on the ground – but i am not scared of climbing mountains. Maybe a little worried of how unfit I will look to everyone, but at least not afraid of plummeting to my death

  • Phil Williams

    I used to think the same about bungee jumping when I was travelling, I couldn’t imagine any reason someone would want to do it. But after I’d been travelling for five months or so with various walks across the edges of high cliffs when I felt like I wanted to jump off, it gradually dawned on me that it was something I had to do. Maybe that’s just a personal urge, though? Either way, I did it, and it was one of the most ridiculously scary and amazing things I’ve ever done. I thought I’d love to do it again and again and again. But I never have and probably never will now that I’m older.

    Zorbing, though, I’m with you there. It just seems dizzying.

  • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee

    I’m actually normally the one wanting to do them all, except not having the money because they are too expensive haha. I am now scared of parasailing behind a boat though because in a freak accident my mom broke her toe doing it.

  • Erin

    Heights! Anything to do with heights I have a hard time with. The panic attack will randomly strike and there’s nothing I can do about it.