help me overcome my fear ?
good philosophical subject :-) back to sartre, camus ... are you existentialist, fear of what : yourself doing a trip, others ?
i m teasing, joking, sorry ... i have fear and doubts like you.
if you had no fear, you d be crazy :-)
travelling is not so difficult, it s all about about common sense and logic, like at home.
i have no real global concrete idea about fear (telling you, you should do this, that ...) after a few months (around 30) and a few kms (around 70 000) on the road :-). now, my trip is over.
here are a few ideas to maybe overcome your fear, simply.
is human being good or bad !?! i only met nice people willing to help, very very few with bad intentions.
fear like doubts are human feelings and you should (as you do), otherwise you d be crazy (again!) but frankly you shouldn t worry too much ...
going or not going on a trip is a personnal decision : if you have a family, enough money to do it, a career etc ... you may think yes i should go or no i shouldn t go.
get prepared well before leaving : choose a good bike, know it well, good clothes and protections, all the common basic advice ...
fear can also be related to risks : do your "risks analysis" : knowing yourself leaving an environment that you know to an other environment that you don t know.
there are two kinds of risks : 1- the ones you can protect yourself against (ex : you can take a big petrol tank or a petrol jerrican because you know in advance the risk that in some regions there are not so many petrol stations. ex : take a travel insurance because you know in advance the risk that if something bad happens to you, it ll be usefull). 2- the ones you can t protect yourself against (ex : you rest under a tree and a branch falls on you).
i chose the tree example on purpose : whatever you do, there s risk.
finally, if you can do your trip (no family pressure or/and no financial pressure or/and no career pressure etc ...), just do it : only "people doing nothing" have no fear, no doubts, take no risks.
there is a post about dos and donts here on the hubb, maybe it can give you also some ideas ...
that s what i replied, partly :
civility, politeness, respect rules are universal, like sports and smiles ...
everybody, every country, every way of travelling is same same but different ...
people who welcome you when you re travelling usually make the difference between you, as an individual, and the citizenship / nationality / governement / economy / politics / religion you belong.
have a good trip :-)