I have got agoraphobia but am lucky that it doesn't interfere with my everyday life. The problem is that I am happy to travel to and from work and anywhere where I am coming back the same day, if I am driving myself, but I panic if I have to stay anywhere I am not familiar with without my own transport home. I tried to push my limits and managed to stay overnight with a friend in a place about 2 hours drive from home but almost lost it and came home.
My boyfriend is my safe person but there are limits to that also. A few years ago we went to Hong Kong for a holiday and while I was fine on the plane (I seem to be ok when actually in transit) when I got there, I freaked out and we ended up coming home the next night! The whole experience was so embarrassing, I had to try to make an excuse to the travel agent of why I was changing plans and all the time I felt so terrified I could barely stand. When I realized that we were going home, I could relax a little and managed to spend a few hours seeing the area near us.
I think I let down my family quite a bit, especially my dad as it was him who lent us the money and it basically ended up costing $4000 for 2 days!
Since then I have had CBT but it is hard to find fitting exposure tasks as even travel over small distances is expensive. I really want to travel and have wanted to be a globe trotter since I was young. Does anyone out there face a similar challenge? I would love to hear Iím not alone. :?