Monday, 5 March 2018

Theme Park Travel Anxiety

I am an all around anxious person, I get anxious over the weather, my food, driving, breathing. It's all very dramatic. Going on holiday is always a stressful time for me, but especially when it comes down to Theme Parks. Normally I'm fine with UK ones, it's just a stress about how long the drive is and how much parking is, but for some reason recently I've become and absolute Gremlin when it comes to any sort of travelling to parks. I've also recently discovered that a few other friends suffer from this too, and I'm going to whittle it down into one relatable post.

Money
For some reason, I'll spend like an idiot with £'s, but when it comes to converting money I lose all sense of what money actually is? Like, I'll go to Europe and have a panic attack over what a cent is and then I move savings into my account even though I have more than enough money. But at the same time, I also think of it like it's Monopoly money??? 5 euro for a biscuit with Mickey Mouse ears? Bargain.

Tickets
This is one of the worst things for me, I always think I am buying the wrong tickets and have to re-read 20 forums just to reassure myself. Luckily when it comes to European and places in the USA, it's all in English, but I've looked at Asian parks and more rural parks before and just given up hope of going. It truly stresses me out thinking I've messed up THE most important part of  a Theme Park trip, and when I don't understand if certain rides are included in entrance fee, a part of me dies.

Travel/Getting there
I'm literally mid panic attack thinking about this. I am a very anxious traveller, whether it comes to trains, cars, flying, boats, horse, whatever. I've only been driving for 2 years now, but I have mini meltdowns in the car on a daily basis and car parking really stresses me out. So many signs, yet so little understanding on my part. Going abroad really gets to me too, transfer, trains, tubes??? What do I need to DO to get this beautiful cred? I previously was really ill on a train to PortAventura before, which really doesn't help long journeys on transport i'm anxious about. I'm taking a big step this year by driving up to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which is a hefty drive if you're from the South. 

Language Barrier
Getting lost? Bad. Getting lost in an unfamiliar place where no one can understand you? Even worse. Now before I go to parks I try my best to learn a bit of the lingo as I don't want to seem ignorant, but I am terrible with languages. I can understand German, but I don't speak it, which is a really big help when you're stuck on a German road, right, right?????? Google translate is a lifesaver but also a very vague life saver, one minute you're asking where Dæmonen is, and the next minute you're asking how to eat a rollercoaster. Relatable content.

Surprisingly enough, none of these are ride based (aside from water rides, but that's for another day when you can all mock me) as I don't get new coaster anxiety? I used to get it really bad, but the worst I'll get it these days is if I think that someone in front or behind me is going to vomit. When it comes to things like packing I'm pretty on the ball because I'm a control freak and need to make a list at least 2 weeks before I go travelling. Is there any type of anxiety you get when travelling? Let me know, I'll see if I can help ease some nerves! I can't take my own advice but I'm good at giving it to others...?

Speak soon,


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