First Time Abroad Jitters
It still has yet to sink in that I’ll be on a plane to Italy in less than 48 hours. I honestly never thought this day would come. I keep having to pinch myself. Maybe my lack of packing has contributed to this feeling. I’m excited, nervous, anxious, grateful, and so many more feelings. I’ve always hoped to travel abroad but was starting to lose hope. I’m 27 and this is my first time overseas. I always envied my peers going to these exotic destinations to study abroad. It just wasn’t the right time for me to do it when everyone else, or what felt like everyone, was going away.
Now that the time is finally here, I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed. I could not be more ecstatic about the group I’m going with. I feel very lucky. It’s definitely going to make the culture shock a bit easier. Especially since many of my peers have already travelled abroad and I know they will be more than helpful in making the trip even more enjoyable. I’m always afraid I’ll be that “one person” who lands and suddenly gets the flu or food poisoning and is in bed for the whole trip. I shouldn’t think like that but I can’t help it sometimes. I think I’m most nervous about the flight. I’m not the best flyer and this is the longest amount of time I’ll be on a plane. I plan on trying to sleep as much as possible to make the hours fly by (pun intended). Once we land, I know I’m going to be an emotional happy mess that I have landed in the one country I’ve wanted to travel to my entire life. I know the nerves and anxiety will all be worth it!