You’ve heard of the phrase ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ – and if you’ve ever looked fear in the face, then you’ll most likely have realised that it wasn’t half as bad as you had first imagined.
However, once the next ‘fear factor’ comes along, yet again we’ll retreat into our shells, hoping it will pass us by. Why do we do that?
Well, aside from assuming that there’s a direct correlation between age and cynicism, it seems like we forget how life once was when we were young and carefree and had fewer inhibitions.
But we shouldn’t let fear stop us from going somewhere. If you fear travelling solo why not consider booking a group tour where you’ll meet loads of new people and soon make friends for life.
Tour operator Esprit agrees, and says that adults should take a leaf out of kids’ books.
Programme director, Ian Hope, said: “Our research has found that children are more outgoing, enthusiastic and daring than their parents and we see this all the time at our resorts.
“Initially adults tend to be nervous about hitting the slopes for the first time whereas children throw themselves into it meaning they learn so much quicker.”
To address this, in its latest campaign, the company is encouraging everyone to ‘Think like a Child’ in a bid to help achieve their travel goals.
It says that there are a number of steps we can all take to face our demons:
Research shows that children are way more imaginative than adults. Even if you take small steps to get there, you’re still making progress towards your goal.
Parents think that kids are best at… 1. Being fearless 2. Being creative 3. Trying new things
Be fearless and try something new. You always regret the things you didn’t do rather than the things you did. Jump out of that plane, go skiing and taste unusual cuisines.
Ask for help
Children constantly ask questions and you should too. Whether you need directions, advice on where to stay and what to see, asking locals and fellow travellers for tips will go a long way to help you fully experience a new place.
Children think that adults are best at... 1. Cooking 2. Working 3. Looking after people
To reinforce the message further, the company created a video to show how adults and kids dealt with going skiing for the first time at the Skiplex in Reading.
They also shared their thoughts on what scared them the most when trying something new.
So, next time you hear yourself saying ‘Maybe another time’, stop and remember…You can’t discover new oceans unless you are willing to leave the shore!