Just how scared of bears am I?

So I’m in the business of dreaming. Most people have a travel dream and I can help them get there. Some people know what they want to feel but maybe that’s the only detail they can really define. They aren’t sure where to go or what to do to have the experience they are longing for. As a result people are interested in ideas where my dream vacation is. Allow me to elaborate…

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge has been on my list for many years now.

I’m unlikely to to spend Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge money at around $7000/night to sleep in a tent, (a gorgeous, well appointed tent with chef prepared meals and a gracious spa but still). Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge may have the local market on luxury service and amenities, but it’s on Vancouver Island with other resorts, places to rent, tours to take. In other words, you could still go and do the things with some planning on your own. It’s not cheap or easy but it is possible. So why haven’t I gone there? Bears. That would hardly even be my 10th trip to places where bears could be a potential problem. I understand how to avoid bears and what to do if you can’t avoid a bear. But I don’t want to meet a grizzly bear in the Canadian Wilderness. In my mind’s eye bears are everywhere conducting bear business and every venture outdoors means I will encounter them. That’s not even remotely true says Brain, but Imagination says otherwise. I’m hardly alone in these worries. Some people are worried about sharks and they can’t enjoy the beach, some people are worried about flying in a plane to their destination, I could fill these pages with a list of what people have anxiety about. The early explorers were afraid to sail their ships into unknown waters where they might encounter sea monsters or boiling water near the equator.

Does fear/ anxiety hold you back from something you would like to do? If you just ran with it would you have a good time despite your fear or would you be a ball of anxiety? Can you plan a way out of your fear? For instance, could I buy and carry bear repellent or a weapon to scare off bears? What kinds of travel fears do you have and have you overcome any of them? Was the trip worth it? Drop your comments below and tell us about the things that are holding you back or how you manage to still have a good time.

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