You want to backpack, see new places, meet new people and try new food, but you have apprehensions about it, and you’re not sure if it’s right for you. You’ve heard so many negatives about travelling and you’re unsure of whether or not they are true. Here are 5 Travel Myths that shouldn’t be taken seriously:
Travel Myth #1 – Airline prices change in incognito mode.
It is an urban legend that airline prices are different in Incognito Mode. It’s true for some online shopping, but unfortunately, the same can’t be said for flights. Every reported instance of the above occurrence is easily explained as people accidentally entering incorrect search parameters, or prices simply changing (as they do) regardless of how you’re searching.
Travel Myth #2 – All Travel Agents and Agencies are the same.
Every travel agent is different and has a different area that they specialize in. So, depending on what type of trip you are looking to take one travel agent will suit you better than another. That’s why it is important when planning a trip to find a travel agent that specializes in where you want to go.
Travel Myth #3 – Travel insurance is just for people that do adventure sports.
While it’s especially important for the sky-divers, ice-climbers and cave explorers out there to have travel insurance, they’re not the only ones that can benefit from the security that comes from buying a travel insurance policy. Sure, it seems like they’re at a statistically higher risk of finding themselves in an emergency situation. But emergency situations can happen to relatively “normal” travelers too.
If you get robbed while on a culinary tour in Barcelona, you will benefit from having travel insurance. So don’t pay heed to the idea that just because you’re not climbing any mountains, you won’t need travel insurance.
Travel Myth #4 – Travel is expensive and can’t be done without a trust fund.
Everything costs some money. No travel is free, but the idea that most people hold of travel is the result of advertisements, commercials and travel magazines that highlight fancy tours and luxurious accommodations.
Saving up for travelling is a legitimate way to ensure that (lack of) money won’t hold you back from going around the world.
Travel Myth #5 – Guidebooks have all the best advice and recommendations.
For starters guidebooks are hardly ever current – too much time passes before they come to print. Hostels and restaurants change hands, travel timetables and routes change or disappear completely and new (and better) options spring up all the time. Besides, some establishments seem to view a coveted entry into the most well-known guidebooks as justification for inflating prices or allowing standards to drop. The best places are often those listed nowhere and which you can only find out about by speaking to fellow travelers.