7 things I’m afraid of

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I – a self proclaimed brave dame – am afraid of many things. I have fears that make you wonder why I started traveling in the first place – or at least sometimes I do.

Because I’m a big chicken, that’s why!

-the Brave Dame


I am such a big chicken, I get chicken related gifts – True story!

It’s true that I’m not the bravest and although I try to overcome many of my fears by simply facing them, I remain a bit of a wimpy kid. I don’t mind it that much – it gives me a challenge – but for some it’s quite unusual and funny.



So, without further ado: These are the 7 things that give me the creeps:


Even the tiniest spider

There is no sleep until a spider is securely removed from the bedroom and the house or hotel. Depending on the size of the spider I will do that myself – there’s just a lot of screaming and standing on furniture involved.



Yeah… I’m aware that it’s a totally ridiculous fear to have and neither can I explain it. I know that clowns are just people dressed up bit still my heart starts racing when I see one. Not a big fan of street artists and living statues either.



I hate all bugs. Every kind. They creep me out and basically make me dance around like an idiot trying to avoid them. However, considering my bed bugs experience, I think I’ve done well so far and I’m learning on the go.



Being a big fan of views, I had to overcome my fear of heights several times. So far it’s not stopping me, but neither is it a fun experience while doing it. Shaky knees, nausea, having serious wanderlust – with a special interest in mountains –  is bad for my stress levels sometimes.


Getting lost

When discovering a new city, I tend to stay close to the hostel at first, moving in increasing circles. In Bucharest it took me at least a week before I reached the central part of town because I was too busy discovering my surroundings. Wandering through the little streets of sector 1, I passed by amazing abandoned buildings while spotting stunning – and very different – architecture everywhere. When I’m traveling alone I need some time to acquainted.


Getting run over

Having to suddenly look the other way when in London or jay walking the busy streets of Bucharest; it freaks me out! Often I find myself freezing up like a deer in headlights when having to deal with a chaotic traffic situation. Anticipating on what’s coming at me if not my best feature. Don’t worry, I don’t have a driver’s license ;).


Wild animals

I love all animals (except for spiders and bugs 😉 ), I just don’t want them near me. When I know wild bears can appear or I could get attacked by wart hogs, I’m not happy. I suffered a slight heart attack when I got threatened by a pack of sheep dogs while taking in a walk in the Romanian countryside and ever since I’m not a fan of dogs walking without an owner as well. However, I find animals fascinating and I have ‘seeing a wild bear’ on my bucket list for a while now.


Although it doesn’t seem likely for a person like me to travel, I enjoy overcoming my fears one step at a time. My blog name is a big joke, but I see it as an encouragement to keep going. I also wonder if any of my fears and pet peeves sound familiar to you.

What are your travel fears?

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  • Reply
    April 12, 2015 at 11:26

    I’m also afraid of wild animals and dogs without leashes on. I’m also afraid of falling into a lake full of alligators/crocodiles and being pick pocketed. So some of the same fears, some different ones. I still think you’re brave though.

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      The Brave Dame
      April 12, 2015 at 11:46

      Thanks! 🙂 That’s really sweet! Good to hear I’m not the only one. That lake full of alligators sounds terrifying as well.

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    Andrew and Emily
    April 13, 2015 at 03:36

    I am with you on clowns and mime artists. It’s more they give me the creeps than being scared of them. Watching ‘It’ when I was WAY too young is responsible in a big way.

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      The Brave Dame
      April 14, 2015 at 14:54

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean! It helps if you watch the end of the film though… What an anti climax! 😉

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    April 13, 2015 at 14:33

    even the bravest are afraid of something! Very interesting post! 🙂

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    April 13, 2015 at 16:52

    I think of all these things clowns would terrify me the most!

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      The Brave Dame
      April 14, 2015 at 14:50

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! It was worse a few years ago so I’m hoping for recovery.

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    Adrian Ann
    April 13, 2015 at 23:04

    A crazy fear of mine is getting sold into a sex den. I know it’s CRAZY… but I can handle the bugs, the heights, the crazy drivers and everything else. But I always wonder if my taxi driver is taking me to some sort of auction. Totally unrealistic but.. hey! It’s a fear.

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      The Brave Dame
      April 14, 2015 at 14:49

      Believe it or not, I know that feeling. Once my taxt driver took a short cut and I was already saying goodbye to people in my head. I know, CRAZY, but not uncommon.

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    April 16, 2015 at 16:12

    I am so afraid of snakes although I have touched one to overcome my fear, I am still afraid!

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    April 17, 2015 at 11:25

    Haha, cool! When we went to India first time, I was so convinced we were going to die (and telling everyone) that people really started to worry a bit 😉

    I should be more afraid of betting run over though. Cross the street just without watching. Even strangers just grab my arm to prevent that I walk under a bus bike or tram… Never went wrong though! (knock that one off 😉

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