Part autobiography and self-help; part workbook, Rita Anya Nara’s The Anxious Traveler: How to Overcome Your Fear to Travel the World, covers all the bases whether you have anxiety issues or not. Everyone — even the most experienced travelers — can learn from Nara’s well thought out book.9780989498401_p0_v5_s260x420

Her easy to understand narrative is like a well-traveled friend sitting you down and explaining how she figured out where to go, how to get there, how to handle problems if they arose and, well, how to have a great time while you’re doing it.

This, of course, makes sense — Nara has visited

all seven continents and almost 40 countries. And, she knows how to communicate in a straight forward, conversational manner.

The crux is Nara’s own struggle with anxiety. She wants to help people who want to travel but are held back by their own fear as she was for so many years. She lays out dozens of strategies, tips and resources to empower people to travel which includes navigating the unfamiliar and interacting with strangers.

The Anxious Traveler contains several interactive exercises to help the reader recognize how to travel according to their own preferences and tolerance for different stressful situations, as well as how to work through significant psychological barriers to traveling.

“We all have the innate need to journey, to explore and to enjoy our world,” says Nara. “No one should wait to feel ‘less stressed’ before they travel. People overcome fear and anxiety by doing, not thinking.”

Major themes in the book include:

  • How to plan a trip: from daydream to departure gate
  • Mental, emotional, and physical challenges of travel, and how to overcome them
  • How to avoid the stress and social anxiety of being a tourist in a foreign country
  • International mental health perceptions and resources and how they can affect you
  • Stress-free navigation and touring at your destination
  • How to incorporate psychological breakthroughs discovered during travel into your daily life

The Anxious Traveler is available for purchase on and For additional insights, tips and feedback for aspiring and anxious travelers, check out Nara’s blog every week at the book’s website: