You must have heard those scary traveling stories where the most horrifying things happen to the traveler or those myths regarding the inhabitants of a particular place. These myths and stories are common and very stubborn, they refuse to die out even when contrary evidence exists.
If you have fallen prey to these myths and put off traveling to certain locations, its time to understand what’s false and what’s real.
Here are 9 Popular Myths about Travelling – Debunked
1. All countries speak English
It is highly unlikely for all the countries of the world to speak English. With the diverse cultures and languages in the world, you can expect to face some language barriers when traveling. Although many countries are English-language-friendly, knowing a little bit of the local language will help you when asking for directions or making purchases. It is also a good way to earn bonus points with the locals and get good deals when using taxis or public transportation.
2. It’s not safe to travel
This is one travel myth that is spread by travelers, the media, and even you. First, travelers may spread such stories in a bid to paint their journeys in an audacious light. In addition to this, horrifying travel stories are more likely to make headlines all around the world, outshining peaceful and safe travel accounts. Between the “daring” travelers and the media, you can quickly hold on to this myth and even spread it.
Without a doubt, there are certain destinations you should avoid when traveling but the areas you can visit safely far outweighs these ones. You should adhere to the local rules and regulations in any location you visit. Employ safety strategies to stay safe and avoid danger. Make sure to ask locals, hotel staff, and hostel owners for advice and guidance. Talk to fellow travelers and travel in groups when necessary.
3. You can’t work overseas
Working overseas is possible if you are flexible about work options and job functions. Numerous opportunities exist for travelers who want to work. Countries like Australia and New Zealand, you can volunteer in exchange for room and board, teach English or become an au pair. Plus, there are house-sitting jobs that can take you around the world.
Minimum wage jobs at bars, cafes, and restaurants are available or you could start a travel blog documenting your travels. Sure, the job might not be fancy or well-paying, but if your main aim is traveling, it will get you where you want to be.
4. Traveling is only for the young
Travelling has no right or ideal age, whether you are 70 or 22, you can travel wherever or whenever you want. At any age, traveling will provide you immeasurable and unforgettable experiences. Traveling in your youth will give you wisdom and build your knowledge. Traveling when you are older keeps you young at heart.
The common stereotype of young people as avid travelers has been replaced. These days, travelers from different countries, with varying experiences and from every age group exist. The only way to confirm this is by traveling yourself.
5. The air on a plane makes you sick
A couple of things can make you sick on a plane, but the air is hardly going to be one of these things. Airplane air can be dry, but it will only dry out your skin and not make you sick. The air in airplanes is pumped from the atmosphere, warmed, and filtered through numerous HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. HEPA filters eliminate bacteria and harmful microbes in the air being pumped into the cabin. So, even when the air is recycled, you can be sure it is clean.
On the other hand, germs on shared surfaces like the lavatory handles, headrests, and tray tables can make you ill.
6. Street food is unsafe
This is a common one shared by travelers and non-travelers alike. It is okay to prefer fine-dining options with air conditioning rather than eating on the street, but this does not mean street food is bad.
The idea that food from restaurants is healthier because it is prepared in a “proper” kitchen by chefs is uncertain. This is because you are not privy to the going-ons of the kitchen and can not attest to what is being done to your meal.
Most types of street food are prepared on demand, right in front of you. Plus, street food is often subjected to very high heat through barbecuing, deep-frying, or stir-frying. The high heat will eliminate any harmful element in your meal before it gets to you.
7. Travel insurance is not necessary
Travel insurance is a must for extended peace of mind during your trip. It is a core travel requirement. You definitely do not wish for injuries or unfortunate events during your trip but you can not see the future. Travel insurance covers hospital bills in the case of any injuries and may cover your personal belongings in the case of theft or damage. Travel insurance provides an added level of protection during travel.
8. Women shouldn’t travel alone
Traveling solo is a learning experience for everybody. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Women can travel alone but must take adequate precautions to keep themselves safe. Make friends with other travelers and stick together. Avoid areas deemed risky or unsafe by the local authorities. You can book a tour package so you are not wandering by yourself. This being said, traveling alone is a good opportunity to meet like-minded travelers and make friends.
9. All-inclusive means all in one price
The all-inclusive myth is more of a confusion than a myth. Many people take all-inclusive to mean one fee covers all events and activities. The only way to avoid falling prey is by reading the fine print to know what is included in the all-inclusive package, what the fee covers, and what is excluded. Don’t be so swayed by the attractive offers that you forget to focus on the details. An all-inclusive package does not mean all-encompassing. Seek advice from professionals like Malcolm Pacific for professional travel guidance.
These stories and myths, while some might be true are not the norm, so don’t let it put you off traveling. Now that you know better, you can start booking your flight tickets to those places you have avoided in the past. Traveling is an eye-opening experience that increases your knowledge and appreciation for other cultures and places. Remember to adhere to local regulations and obey restrictions. Safe travels.