Traveling Myths- Debuncked
Traveling is one of the best thing you can do with your life. It’s far most m
I have been traveling since I was 16 years old. Before I started traveling I believed in a lot of myths that are not true. It’s not just me, everyone who hasn’t experienced traveling in first hand would think the following are true.
It’s been almost 8 years since I picked up the hobby of traveling, & met 1000’s of fellow
1. You need a lot of money
I travel at least once a month and every-time I post
how can you travel so much??
where do you get the money from?
So let me tell you a little secret,
You just have to plan & schedule your trip with caution
2. Planning is essential
Planning does make an important step in your trip, I would say just plan 50% of your trip and just live the moment.
The problem with planning every step of your trip is, you are not really enjoying that particular place at that particular time. You are always thinking about the next step in your itinerary.
You might meet some new people, you might find that there is a beautiful exhibition just down the
Uncertainty definitely helps to make your trip more memorable.
3 That country is dangerous
I’m an Indian, & the first thing every
I have traveled in the most dangerous parts that media says not to go, & the scenario what media shows is no match
I don’t deny the fact that there are some dangerous places where it is not safe to travel, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t entirely base your travel plans on that.
You just have to be intelligent about your travel plans and try to exclude suspicious neighborhoods.
Countries want the tourist to visit their country so they make sure that the tourist destinations are usually safe to travel.
One thing I realized over the time is if you don’t discuss religion and politics people don’t usually mess with you.
4. You have to know the language
Well knowing the local language definitely helps your travel to be more smoothly but it’s not an absolute necessity.
I have traveled to places where I don’t even know the basic words but I survived. Nowadays most of the people in the world will understand a thing or two in English.
Most importantly emotions communicate more than language.
5. Public transport is a bad idea
People fear of using public transportation because they heard few stories, but that is not the case every time.
There is absolutely no necessity to use cab or renting a car where ever you go. Make use of public transportation, they are cheap & reliable.
6. Street food is unhygienic
That is by far one of the most common travel myths. Of course, you should watch what you eat, but at the same time, experiment with the local cuisine. If you eat at recommended restaurants, you should be okay. Trying new flavors while traveling is one of the greatest adventures; so don’t miss out.
7. The more you pack the better
You don’t need hair drier, you makeup kit & you definitely don’t need your coffee mug. The main goal of your trip to travel not be comfortable as you are at home.
You can absolutely buy anything anywhere in this world. just pack the essentials and try to be as minimalist as possible. It will maximize the trip experience by giving importance to the important things.
8. Couchsurfing is Dangerous
People on Couchsurfing (and, for that matter, around the world) are kind and helpful. They want to show you the best their home has to offer. Experience has shown me you can rely on the kindness of strangers.
Yet there is a general fear of staying with strangers because we believe the world is unsafe and dangerous. People think “Stay with a stranger? No way. That’s dangerous.” Because, despite the fact crime has gone down, we perceive strangers to be dangerous. We just don’t trust people anymore.
And that fear makes people mistrust hospitality websites like Couchsurfing.
However, websites like Couchsurfing allow you to see a host’s reviews and choose whom you stay with, and you always have the option of backing out. Single woman? Stay with another woman! Have a family? Stay with a family! You have many options and ways to research your hosts.
Websites that connect locals and travelers, such as Couchsurfing, EatWith, BlaBlaCar, Meetup, or BeWelcome, are safe and well policed by the community. Once people understand how these websites work, more will say “That sounds like a fun idea!” instead of “Stay with a stranger? No way!”
9. Hitchhiking is for Hippies
The idea that hitchhiking is always unsafe dates back to the 1950s when the FBI lead a scare campaign to get people to stop the practice (which was very common back then), in part because civil rights activists were hitchhiking to rallies. The FBI’s campaign permanently embedded in the mind of people that hitchhiking is dangerous by claiming that most hitchhikers were murderers. Combined with a general sense the world is unsafe (see above), hitchhiking continues to be perceived as a dangerous activity (even if it is not).
But as Matt and Kristin (and even John Waters) have shown, not everybody ends up in a ditch by the side of the road. I’ve hitchhiked in Europe, the Caribbean, and Central America and met wonderful, interesting people in the process.
Hitchhiking is about using common sense. You don’t have to get into any car that stops. Use your judgment. Don’t assume everyone is a psychotic killer.