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
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
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
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
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!
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