5 Myths People Have About Travelling

There are people who have misconceptions about the idea of travelling. Those misconceptions can put them off from tapping into their wanderlust, or travelling in a way that results in them missing out on unique experiences which can be a shame.

It can be related to money, related to stereotypes people may have about the citizens of a certain country (no shade thrown at any country), related to what they’ve seen in the media.

Sometimes you never truly know something until you’ve either experienced first-hand or you’ve done your research.

Here are, in no particular order, five travel myths that are out there about travelling:

1. Travelling Is Expensive

Nothing in life is totally free.

Perception that a holiday or trip away is worth a lot of money stems from TV adverts and commercials. showing off the most luxury of activities. Messages and quotes often associated with adverts points to the consumer often having to spend bucket full of money to obtain it.

Yes, travelling isn’t the most inexpensive thing in the world. There’s no getting away from that. However with effective budgeting and money saving techniques it can be done. There’s many travel fare websites such as Skyscanner and Momodo that often do cost-effective flights and good, affordable accommodation options like Airbnb and Hostelworld. Here’s a post from myself on how I travel and save at the same time.

5 Myths People Have About Traveling
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2. Americans Don’t Travel

Now this is quite an easy myth is bebunk!

Only 10% of US citizens owned a passport in 1994. This has risen to touching 40% as of 2017 so that narrative, once true, has slowly changed hugely thanks to the rise of budget travel companies, social media and blogs educating those about travelling making travelling more accessible and cheaper. Also the US has biggest domestic travel market in the entire planet.

There have been psychological and societal explanations as to why our US counterparts prefer to stay within the comforts of their homeland. Moreover this includes them getting more satisfaction from accumulating wealth, material things and having a high-quality job.

They may not find international travel appealing but put it simply- travelling doesn’t necesssarily mean to a country abroad or to one you haven’t been to before. America have 50 states.

They also have Canada and Mexico – well – as long as Trump’s wall isn’t complete, next door. I’m dying to explore more cities in UK, which is just a small island to put into perspective. Given how big North America is an American can actually cover more distance on average than a British citizen.

3. You have to go abroad to go on a holiday

This is more a travel myth I had before my travel genes activated and my mind opened up henceforth.

Put myself into an American’s shoes. 49 other states in the 3rd biggest continent in the world I can explore. There’s the Statue Of Liberty in New York. White House and Washington Monument in Washington DC. Disneyland in Florida. The never-ending casinos in Vegas. Grand Canyon in Arizona

Road trip and train journeys across Europe are very much possible also due to countries being conveniently close to one another and how cheap it is.

Domestic travel can be just as rewarding as going abroad. You get to know your home country a bit more without the need to buy new currency or take your passport around.

Locations don’t really define a vacation. Especially a luxury one. If you’re a londoner what’s stopping you from living boujee for a weeekend in Newcastle if you haven’t been to Tyneside before.

4. Traveling Is Not Safe

I’ve argued back and forth with my mum on my solo travelling ways, especially on the topic of safety. I have a feature that discusses various perceptions of travelling in greater detail.

Nowhere is exactly safe, even though there are other countries that are dangerous to visit due to political unrest or racial and sexual prejudice. Being in London where knife crime is extremely prominent I feel like I’m in a good place to say this.

Accidents and tragedies do happen and it’s devastating for families and friends affected. Although in the grand scheme of things the chances of happening are very low.

The ability to adapt to your surroundings is key. Exercising safety measures: staying in public areas where there’s crowds and potential witnesses, keeping luggage and certain possessions locked away and not going out at night can go a long way to reducing the risk of running into trouble.

5. Solo Traveling Is A Lonely Experience

You’ll eat alone. Drink alone. Sleep alone. Sightsee alone – the naysayers say.

Some people like myself prefer to travel alone and enjoy their own company. They can do activities that interests them without worrying about what the other person wants to do. There’s no concerns about whether their travel partner has booked their flight beforehand. For example or have their passport with them (can you imagine if they left theirs at home). Travelling alone can be less time-consuming and for an experienced traveller – a less stressful experience.

You can meet new people abroad. This can be in the security of an Airbnb or hostel, on a city walking tour or other social events. One of the best things about 2018 for me is meeting people who share my passion for travelling and befriending a few of them.

Do not let one’s experience of travelling or their view on it determine your desire to see the world. Unlock your ability to catch flights and feelings. Research, educate yourself on different ways of travelling, what you should do and shouldn’t do.

Final Word

What are the biggest travel myths you know of? Have you had any travel stereotypes in the past? Put them in the comments section below. Feel free follow me on my socials and my blog!

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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

54 Comments

  1. January 23, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    These are all great myths that I hear all the time! As an American, I hadn’t left America before I moved abroad; however, I had visited many states. I guess because America is so large, traveling to another state is like a mini vacation.

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      Absolutely, you can get a lot out of those mini vacations. If anything visiting another state can feel like going abroad for any European traveller in my ooi5

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      *opinion

  2. January 23, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    That it costs a lot of money is the big one. Especially with me and Thailand. The food is cheap and a hotel rooms can vastly be found for under $20 a night. Same for plan tickets, not as expensive as most would probably guess.

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      It’s interesting – that the best things can be found on the cheap if you do a bit of research! Not always, but possibly 😉

  3. Ashley Firth
    January 23, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    A great post busting some deep rooted myths! We travel a lot in the UK as a family. We call them our ‘roadtrips’ – we’ve explored so much of the UK this way and made some amazing memories. It doesn’t cost too much for us to holiday this way and we get to take 4 or 5 trips per year.

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      Cheers Ashley 🙂 That’s great you all do a lot of domestic travel and giving them the best of what their home country can offer. Something I’m determined to do this year!

  4. January 23, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    This was a great post and I totally agree with you especially in regards to safety. Like you say, there’s good and bad everywhere and the likelihood of something terrible happening is really slim. In saying this though, I don’t yet have the confidence to travel abroad alone. I don’t mind making my way around the UK though! In terms of costs, I’m always on the likes of Skyscanner to try to find good deals, I’m such a bargain hunter. Even if you only save 20 quid, it’s still better off in your pocket!

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      Thank you! Hopefully you do eventually gain enough confidence to venture abroad on your own but everyone has their time. 100% agree with you on if its just £20 you’re saving, every little helps and you never know when it’ll come in use

  5. January 23, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    I love that you’ve included that you don’t have to go abroad to go on holiday, there are so many amazing places right on your doorstep to go!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 23, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      Definitely, who needs Miami for a party holiday when you’ve got Newcastle right round the corner 🤣🤣

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 9:34 am

      Cheers hun! The best thing when you travel and debunk the myths is telling a fun, interesting story about something that happened and seeing certain cynics in shock that what they expected to transpire didn’t transpire one

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 9:34 am

      Yeah sadly 🙁 Thanks for reading, wish I could see the image you put up

  6. January 24, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    When people say travelling is dangerous it really bugs me. I love to travel around the Middle East (because I love the history and food of the area) and I get constantly questioned as to why there, like b**ch, I don’t ask you sh*t when you go to Thailand for the 20th time thinking you’re “exotic” 😂 Also, until really recently, I never felt like I had been on holiday if I hadn’t been on a plane because I visited so many places growing up… 😍 Great post as always x

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 7:15 pm

      I feel you Ellie! It can be easy for people to be cynical about a person who travels to a place that the media portrays as dangerous. Bottom line is…you don’t really know till you’re there. Just keep hushing those naysayers Yeah I get you but there’s definitely more to a holiday than how you get to a destination. I could fly from here to Manchester for a business meeting…doesn’t mean it’s a “holiday” cos I was up in the sky for god knows how long

      • January 25, 2019 / 11:42 am

        You really don’t and ‘people’ in general really do not understand that. It’s good that bloggers are only ever curious and not super judgmental when people have a story about visiting somewhere unusual 🙂 I 100% agree with that now, planes are not the only way for me now too which I love. If I flew back home to Newcastle though I would feel like I was on holiday even though I don’t class it as one 😀 x

  7. jasonlikestotravel
    January 24, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Agree with pretty much all of this. Interesting to see how high that percentage of American passports is now though.

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      Yeah it is, a lot of Americans are definitely starting to embrace other continents in the world!

  8. January 24, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    Travelling can be just as safe as staying in your home town. A lot of people get burgled where they live, the chances of this happening in a different town, city, country is the same. Sure some places have higher crime rates but being sensible can reduce your chances of being a victim for crime. For example, not showing the people around you that you’re travelling with an expensive laptop

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 25, 2019 / 10:33 am

      I agree Connie, yes yhings happen that are out if your control and unforseen and we can’t ignore that but again practical tips for safety can go a long way to making you safer wherever you are

  9. January 25, 2019 / 11:21 am

    You are so right with what you say, great post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 25, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      You’re welcome Sab 😀

  10. January 25, 2019 / 11:49 am

    love this!! I didn’t actually know that the number of Americans with passports was so low! (Makes sense when you think about it) great post 🙂

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 25, 2019 / 9:03 pm

      Well you’ve learnt something new today haha. Thanks for reading Millie 🙂

  11. alisonw30
    January 25, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    I do sometimes feel that it’s not really travelling if it’s in my own country. I’m from the UK and thought I felt that because it’s small, but maybe not if US people feel the same! I’m going to embrace all travel from now on, even if the journey is small 🙂

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 25, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      Most of us are all initially swept up by the idea of going to a country abroad in order to have a travel experience. A travel experience is more than its destination personally, and there’s always a city or town in your home country that you haven’t visited that’s worth a visit (if that makes sense ;))

  12. January 27, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Great post! You tackled most of the misconceptions that I came across over the years. Something else I’ve heard a lot is “You have to be really brave to travel alone” the truth is, I never felt that brave at all and never really thought about it that way 😅

    Patty x | https://www.pattycular.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 28, 2019 / 9:10 am

      Thanks Patty! I’m happy that you’re out there. That’s quite humble of you, I think bravery is relative to everyone. Travelling alone may seem like taking a leap of faith for someone whilst another may take it in their stride like you and think to themselves “it’s just another trip” 😂

  13. January 29, 2019 / 12:30 am

    This is a great and inclusive list! It’s so interesting that many cultures have myths and thoughts about traveling, especially regarding other countries. I must say, domestic travel is my current specialty. Even in my home state of Colorado, I find myself discovering something new all the time. This past weekend we went on a quick getaway, and had a brief holiday in a place less than an hour away. International travel is lovely, but sometimes the most affordable and accessible travel is right around the corner. Thanks for sharing, Johnny!

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 29, 2019 / 10:23 am

      You’re welcome Savannah, yeah cultural perceptions on travelling is something that’ll make for a really enticing study. Just to see what natives of the biggest countries make of travelling. It’s great that you’re always taking something onboard from domestic travel, goes to show that unique places don’t have to be a million miles away 😉

  14. January 29, 2019 / 8:34 am

    I see more and more posts about making traveling cheaper and I’m getting insanely curious. I traveled to a different state for a concert and used Air B&B and I loved it. Super cheap and most of the homes are stunning. I’d definitely explore that option if I went anywhere else!

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 29, 2019 / 10:14 am

      I’m just as curious myself and I do post on them 😂 How was the concert? It’s interesting how cheap renting homes seem to be when you’re doing local trips

  15. rachelmarcelle1
    January 29, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    Such great pics and openmindedness. Followed!

    • Johnny
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you 😊

  16. January 30, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    This is a great blog post! I agree with many of these points, there are always such nice places near the city one lives in you don’t have to go abroad!

    Ayse x

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      Definitely, it’s always a plus when you can discover gems closer to home! Cheers for reading Ayse 🙂

  17. January 30, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Some great myth busting here! Especially the first one – if you budget and plan accordingly you can travel for less and still see what you want to see. I used to be one of those people who thought domestic travel was less exciting but over the past few years I’ve been more open minded and exploring more of my own country and really loving it so like you said, there’s a lot of benefits too! Thanks for sharing

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks Chloe xD

  18. January 30, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Love this post! Especially when you refer to travelling within your home country/nation. You don’t have to always use your passport to go new places and see new things!

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the read, yeah for sure. A passport is useful for a lot of things in life but it can stay at home if you’re going to Brighton or Southend for a day out lets say haha

  19. January 30, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    Yes this is so true. So many times I hear from friends and other people “it’s too expensive to travel” which is so far from the truth. These are great tips!

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Maybe they see it as expensive as they may not see travelling regularly as a passion/priority and are focused on other areas in their life, which is understandable but deep down we know the truth :p

  20. January 31, 2019 / 4:10 am

    Hahah you’re absolutely right! This post was a fun read. It’s true, everything in life will cost you some money. And well, travelling is not one of those which will cost you the most of it.

    ✖ Jasmin
    // overdosedoncaffeine.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      Bang on Jasmin. With travel expenses it’s relative to how much one earns from work, how much they spend on other things in their life and how much things they also spend to make sure their travel experience a success. Great to hear that you found the post fun by the way haha 🙂

  21. January 31, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Such a great post. Travelling is such a wonderful thing, people need to stop thinking about what might happen and just go for it

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      100%! For me the best life experiences are the ones you were least expecting. Thanks for reading Kelly 🙂

  22. January 31, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    These are great! I’m going travelling this year on my own and I’m so excited to meet new people along the way I really hope it won’t be a lonely experience. In fact, I doubt it will be.

  23. Ricardo Da Costa
    January 31, 2019 / 10:07 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you.

    Solo travel isn’t actually lonely, in fact from my personal experience its been amazing. How locals treat you and the unexpected friendships, it’s something beautiful.

    A good read, subscribed!

    • Johnny
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks man, I like that you mentioned about the treatment of locals. That’s something that solo travellers and backpackers feel more, if they can feel integrated into a culture and country then the absence of family or friends is felt much less. Anyway hope you enjoy more of my future posts coming through

  24. February 6, 2019 / 2:02 am

    I feel like I am guilty of not always considering “local” travel as really traveling. It’s so true you can find amazing places to visit right in your own backyard!

    -Andrea | https://andreapeacock.com

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