First of all, I want to say that you're such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your courageous experience.
Your idea of training by travelling short distances is great. You can prepare while also having a good time. Any opportunity to travel is amazing.
I have anxiety disorder and preparing for travel is a bit different for me too. Our challenges may not be the same, but I believe these tips can be used by anyone who feels overwhelmed in a new place. It can be different but it doesn't mean it's hard or anything. We need to figure out what our needs are, organize and everything will work out :) Also, I'm going through kind of the same thing...I've already travelled abroad, but never on my own and I'm planning a solo trip for next year (that's why you're inspiring me so much), so I'd like to share a little bit of what I'm doing this time and what I did in my previous travels. I hope it helps!
- I love lists! At the moment I decide where and when i'm going, I start writing lists...nothing too long or complicated, just a check list of documents and really important stuff, another one for things to pack and a to do list of things I need to do before i go re.: errands, bills, credit cards, travel insurance etc.. It's nice to have them around, so I know exactly what I have to do in advance.
- Speaking of lists, I have a tiny journal with every information I need about the country/city - phone numbers, addresses, emails, sites, document numbers, also some info about the places I'm visiting, the tourist locations, restaurant names. There are some blank pages to doodle and a...