Traveling with Baggage with Sarah Tiedemann

Posted By Trav


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Sarah Tiedemann, author of Traveling with Baggage: A Guide for the Hesitant Hiker, has dealt with anxiety her whole life.

She didn’t let it stop her from moving to Hawaii to go to college, though! Or the subsequent travel bug.

Today Sarah joins me to chat about her experience traveling with anxiety, some of the mechanisms she uses to cope, and how you can help if you’re traveling with someone who has anxiety.

It’s not easy to travel with anxiety, but what you’ll find on the other end might just be worth the fight.

Do you get anxious when you travel? Let me know @PackofPeanuts!!

Today’s episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks!

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In This Episode


  • 04:00 The beginning of anxiety for Sarah
  • 05:57 How did she end up in Hawaii?
  • 10:00 Flying & anxiety
  • 14:00 Sharing the anxiety vs keeping it to yourself
  • 18:00 As a traveling companion to someone with anxiety – how can we help?
  • 27:00 Getting outside


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  1. Great episode as always Trav. I’m a hypnotherapist, specialising in treating anxiety, and as Sarah said, anxiety is a complex issue and there is no quick fix. However, here are a couple of strategies that will hopefully help other EPOP listeners, who suffer from anxiety.
    1) Cut out caffeine. Having worked with a lot of anxious clients, trust me, this small change makes a massive difference to your underlying level of anxiety.
    2) Meditate. This helps calm your mind and allows you to see problems in their true perspective. If the idea of meditation sounds a bit woo-woo, then use an app called Headspace. It’s very down to Earth.
    3) Push your comfort circle a little every day. We all have a circle of comfort around us. In that circle are all the things we feel comfortable doing and towards the edge of that circle are the things that make us slightly nervous. The problem is, that if we avoid doing things that make us uncomfortable, we feel an initial sense of relief, which acts as a positive reinforcement. This means our comfort circle gets smaller over time, until we are very limited in what we can do. Try doing something every day that is a little outside your comfort zone and feel proud of yourself when you’ve done it.

    Hope that helps.

    1. Trav says:

      @Cat Swatridge- This is awesome advice, thanks so much. I can attest to the fact that meditation, even if you don’t struggle with anxiety, is a great daily practice anyway. And it never hurts to wean your body off caffeine. Thanks so much, and glad you liked the episode!

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