Anxiety had control over my life for more years than I’d like to admit. It manifested physically and emotionally for me over the years, but I didn’t want to be labelled and feared I was just overreacting. Turns out anxiety is very real (and also treatable) and I finally sought treatment at twenty-seven. This equipped me with a more realistic outlook, and I realised I had spent too much time letting life pass me by and decided to take the leap into solo travel.
Now, the decision to book the trip was something I contemplated for weeks. I knew I could afford it financially. But, with an anxiety disorder, doing something like meeting up with fifty strangers from across the globe, and in a different country, nonetheless, was quite the mental roadblock. A friend had taken a Contiki before and assured me it would be a good time. I researched, looked up the safety of different countries, and asked friends if they have ever travelled solo.
Not only did I survive my first Contiki, I thrived. Here we are in 2022, and while the pandemic has caused some ups and downs in my mental health, I am so excited to start planning my fifth Contiki trip for later this year. If you’ve been longing to travel but have struggled with anxiety, here are some of the best reasons to travel with Contiki.