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.
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.
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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