I have a secret, and honest to God, it has been keeping me from traveling, which is something of a secret shame, I mean, I do have a freaking travel blog. But there are places that would tick off all my imaginary excitement travel box options, that I tell everyone I have no interest in going to, but that’s a lie. I am interested dammit, its just that….
I am afraid of bugs.
Very small, well in my imagination, very large and leggy, insects stand in the way of my travel dreams. The idea of any tropic rain forest destination terrifies me, well technically its really the tropical and subtropical moist and dry broadleaf forests that seem to be right in the wheel house of horror. Which of course basically takes most of South America, and pretty much all of Southeast Asia out of my passport plans.
I mean, this is crazy right, someone who bases a major functioning passion in life around travel, cannot just black out amazing places across the map because of the fear that a large bug could appear right? And its not that they bother me all the time, it’s just a sleeping thing.
I am a gaping mouthed sleeper, akin to maybe a widemouth bass (and you wonder why I am single?!), and the thought of one of these bugs crawling in my mouth on on my face, or in my ear (I saw Brokedown Palace!!), is almost too much for me to bear.
I will admit, I have gotten a lot better, I used to spend hours of sleepless nights at the sight of a spider, after living in the wilds of Manhattan and encountering the mysterious creature there they call a waterbug (which I thought were big enough to require their own saddles to ride on), I find that anything under two inches might be something I can deal with, after like 30-90 seconds of squealing and jumping up and down.
Am I being ridiculous? Have any of my faithful band of readers encountered anything I am talking about? Does anyone else have hidden travel fears; besides you know the regulars like having no sense of direction, or packing enough shoes (and packets of Heinz ketchup) or ordering brains when you meant to order chicken (obscure 90210 reference)?