At the moment I have very few upcoming trips planned. Usually, I like to have lots of trips booked to give me plenty to be excited about and look forward to. But, at the moment, that’s not the case. Why I hear you ask? Well, recently I’ve found myself really struggling to choose where to travel next.

This is a new problem for me. I can’t really explain it, but there’s something holding me back from booking trips.

I’m still happy to spend plenty of time browsing Skyscanner for cheap flights and reading city guides, hotel reviews and information on new places. I get excited thinking about travelling to places both new and old and about things I could do and see there.

But I’m still finding it impossible to commit. I have travel-commitment-phobia (yes, I did just make that up).
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In the past few days, I’ve looked at villas to rent in Lake Garda and Sorrento, the best places to stay in Corsica, Ibiza and Amsterdam. I’ve lusted over dreamy cruises of the Far East, river cruises in Europe and island hopping in Greece. I’ve looked at city breaks to Seville, Venice, Ljubljana and more.

Why, when the world is my veritable oyster, am I finding it so hard to commit to going places?

With a seemingly neverending bucket list, you’d think I’d be happy booking trips to anywhere and everywhere. That I’d be throwing caution to the wind and doing as much travel as possible. You’d think I’d want to be prioritising visiting new countries and ticking off items on my must-see list.

Is it fear of missing out (FOMO)? Am I scared to book a trip somewhere when another destination could potentially be better? Maybe.
where to travel next It seems as though I’m unwilling to book a trip to somewhere in case something better comes along. Like, am I reluctant to book a trip to somewhere I’ve already been (and loved) in case I see a deal for a place I’ve never been before pop up right after it? Maybe. 

At present, I’ve visited 39 countries and always promised myself I’d make it to 40 countries before I turn 30. I’ve got more than 18 months before my 30th birthday, but part of my reluctance I think stems from this. 

I’m hesitant to book to return somewhere I’ve already visited in case I don’t actually make it to another new country in the next 18 months or so. I know that’s absolutely ridiculous, but I think there’s some part of my subconscious that thinks this. Even if I got to a few weeks before my 30th birthday and hadn’t visited 40 countries, it would be so easy for me to jump on a plane to a nearby European country that was new to me. 

I know it’s irrational, but the thought is still there. 

where to travel next

Perhaps the best way to get over this silly travel-commitment-phobia is just to book a big trip and get it over with?

Back to Skyscanner I go… 

Have you ever struggled with choosing where to travel to next? How did you get over it?