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.
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 ;).
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.