99 Reasons to be Afraid of Travelling

99 Reasons to be Afraid of Travelling

From vaccinophobia (the fear of vaccinations), via alektorophobia (fear of chickens) to the fear of returning home (nostophobia), we list 99 phobias you are more likely to confront while backpacking.

Before You Go

Iatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor.
Aichmophobia – Fear of needles.
Vaccinophobia – Fear of vaccinations.
Pharmacophobia – Fear of taking medicine.


Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces.
Catophobia – Fear of mirrors.
Cleptophobia – Fear of stealing.
Dishabiliophobia – Fear of undressing in front of someone.
Acousticophobia – Fear of noise.
Amathophobia – Fear of dust.
Rupophobia – Fear of dirt.
Entomophobia – Fear of insects.
Acarophobia – Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
Pediculophobia – Fear of lice.
Parasitophobia – Fear of parasites.
Musophobia – Fear of mice.

Phobias for backpackersGetting There & Around

Ambulophobia – Fear of walking.
Cyclophobia – Fear of bicycles.
Amaxopobia – Fear of riding in a car.
Hodophobia – Fear of road travel.
Cymophobia – Fear of waves or wave like motions.
Kinetophobia – Fear of movement or motion.
Aviatophobia – Fear of flying.
Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting.
Aeronausiphobia – Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness.
Alektorophobia – Fear of chickens.
Macrophobia – Fear of long waits.
Angrophobia – Fear of becoming angry.
Belonephobia – Fear of pins and needles.
Bromidrophobia – Fear of body smells.
Autodysomophobia – Fear of one that has a vile odor.
Automysophobia – Fear of being dirty.
Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents.
Kopophobia-  Fear of fatigue.

Food & Drink

Carnophobia – Fear of meat.
Ichthyophobia – Fear of fish.
Sitiophobia – Fear of food or eating.
Dipsophobia – Fear of drinking.
Oenophobia – Fear of wines.
Consecotaleophobia – Fear of chopsticks.
Deipnophobia – Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
Microbiophobia – Fear of microbes.
Helminthophobia – Fear of being infested with worms.
Taeniophobia – Fear of tapeworms.
Nosemaphobia – Fear of becoming ill.
Emetophobia – Fear of vomiting.
Defecaloesiophobia – Fear of painful bowels movements.
Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals.

At the Beach

Genuphobia – Fear of knees.
Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons.
Gymnophobia – Fear of nudity.
Heliophobia – Fear of the sun.
Thalassophobia – Fear of the sea.

Snale PhobiaNature & Wildlife

Zoophobia – Fear of animals.
Agrizoophobia – Fear of wild animals.
Ornithophobia – Fear of birds.
Chiroptophobia – Fear of bats.
Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders.
Herpetophobia – Fear of creepy, crawly things.
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes.
Spheksophobia – Fear of wasps.
Cnidophobia – Fear of stings.
Botanophobia – Fear of plants.
Dendrophobia Fear of trees.
Potamophobia – Fear of rivers.
Limnophobia – Fear of lakes.
Pluviophobia – Fear of rain.
Chionophobia – Fear of snow.

Other Travellers

Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Gallophobia – Fear of the French.
Germanophobia – Fear of Germans.
Dutchophobia – Fear of the Dutch.
Russophobia – Fear of Russians.
Anglophobia – Fear of the English.
Japanophobia – Fear of the Japanese.
Xenoglossophobia – Fear of foreign languages.


Mythophobia – Fear of myths, stories or false statements.

The Developing World

Ataxophobia – Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Cynophobia – Fear of dogs or rabies.
Agoraphobia – Fear of crowds.
Ophthalmophobia – Fear of being stared at.
Hobophobia – Fear of beggars.
Apotemnophobia – Fear of persons with amputations.
Dysmorphophobia – Fear of deformity.
Panthophobia – Fear of suffering and disease.
Peniaphobia – Fear of poverty.


Agyrophobia – Fear of streets or crossing the street.
Atephobia – Fear of ruin or ruins.
Hierophobia – Fear of priests or sacred things.
Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions.
Bibliophobia – Fear of (guide)books.


Metathesiophobia – Fear of changes.
Cenophobia – Fear of new things or ideas.
Mnemophobia – Fear of memories.
Hedonophobia – Fear of feeling pleasure.
Sophophobia – Fear of learning.
Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge.
Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom.
Nostophobia – Fear of returning home.

….and 5 you won’t have to worry about

Ablutophobia – Fear of washing or bathing.
Coprastasophobia – Fear of constipation.
Ergophobia – Fear of work.
Hypengyophobia – Fear of responsibility.
Ecophobia – The fear of home.

Special thanks to Fredd Culbertson @ phobialist.com
The superb piece of art below is Copyrighted to Andrew Leipzig

Copyright Andrew Leipzig

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Sebastien Rombi


    Agrizoophoby is the fear of wild animals…The fear of Nature in general! We are busy producing a TV series about this fear and therefore we need to find a presenter who actually suffers from Agrizoophoby. He/she will have to push his/her limits and get involved into volunteer programs about wildlife conservation in Africa.

    Would you know, by any chance, anyone with such fear? Maybe you have such characters in your systems? It would be so helpful if you could have a look and let me know if you know anyone who could fit this character.

    Thank you very much in advance for your help and have a great day further.

    Best Regards,

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