When a friend of mine returned from the Peace Corps, she experienced more culture shock than when she first moved to a remote village in Eastern Europe. It took her a couple of weeks to be able to go into a grocery store due to anxiety – there are too many options. (There is even a blog post dedicated to how to choose yogurt…).
Her anxiety is exactly what I feel when I’m trying to plan a trip and don’t know exactly where I should go. Just look at my previous blog posts. One day I’m focused on Morocco, the next day Prague and Vienna. Then I’m considering going to Greece or even back to Turkey. Then a friend suggests South Africa, another says New Zealand, and my mom says Spain.
It’s so overwhelming.
My brain churns through the data- “the weather here will be better, but there’s not as much ancient history. This location isn’t as safe and my family and friends will freak out; I really want to go here, but it’s too expensive.”
Decision fatigue sets in and I end up spending the evening eating pizza rolls and watching terrible television.
Interesting, well written.
Great writing! I totally understand the anxiety. While I was planning our trip to Paris (November 2014) I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even start planning until 2 weeks before our departure. It all ended up going swimmingly, you never have time for everything you plan for anyway, and I took over 1000 pictures to prove it. I’m often plagued with the thoughts, “what if I die tomorrow or we lose our jobs and we can never travel again and I never saw…”, but then I reassure myself with, “We’ll always have Paris.” Follow your heart! My next trip decision was made easily by receiving a gift of a Frommers Italy book for Christmas, so November 2015, here we come Italy!
I can’t tell you how much I loved Italy!!! Can’t wait to live vicariously through you and see tons of pictures!