No matter which country you set foot in, you will be bombarded with a plethora of opinions, some good, some bad and some that sound so unreal that you want to pack your bags and flee home. But take from them what you can, and sometimes, when you least expect it, that tidbit of information will be your knight in shining armour. However, scattered among the useful advice are many long-suffering myths, which are still passing around today, just because they sound so believable.
1. Travel is expensive
Everything in this world costs some money. Nothing is free, travel is also included there. Yet, the notion that travel is impossible for anyone without a trust fund is false. A little bit of planning and some time-tested hacks can ensure that everyone has a shot at adventure.
2. Couch surfing is unsafe
There is a general fear of staying with strangers, but veteran travellers stand by the opinion that people on couch surfing are kind and helpful. While some incidents do occur, there are multiple options available. A website which connects with local travellers are well reviewed and trusted, can be chosen without thinking further.
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3. You’ll die while hitchhiking
Not everyone ends up in a ditch on the side of a road. Being well equipped and well prepared will almost always guarantee that you will reach your destination safely and not end up being eaten by a bear. Although exceptions do exist!
4. Women shouldn’t travel alone
Men and women both face risks while travelling, while women have to deal with additional obstacles. While some countries should be avoided by women, others are perfectly safe to explore. Everyday millions of women travel the world alone, and that’s enough to say to prove that it’s doable.
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5. Only the young can be travellers, old can be tourists
Much too many people that I’ve come across believe that travel is only something that you can do in your twenties. This cannot be further away from the truth. Age doesn’t matter. Although older people may require more planning and less spontaneity, it is certainly possible.
6. Package deals are the best
This is certainly not the case. Planning ahead and research goes a long way in your travel being more affordable, and tour companies are almost always more expensive. If you think you’re about to book a great deal, separate out the components and check the individual pricing. You will be amazed to see how you can cut the prices and can have an amazing travel experience without seeking any of those expensive package deals.
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7. English is spoken everywhere
While it’s becoming increasingly common, it primarily depends on where you’re travelling. In some places where most of us assume that English would be widespread, like France and Japan, it really isn’t. Using gestures can often work wonders while trying to overcome the language barrier. Alternatively, pointing to a map and looking lost can also help! 😉
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This article is written by Aarushi Bhardwaj. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.