7 travel myths exposed

  1. Travelling has to be expensive

Wrong. Travelling will of course cost some money, however, with the advent of couch-surfing, ride-sharing and, even, work vacations – in which skills and labour are exchanged for bed and board – it is now cheaper than ever to get out and see the world.

  1. Travelling is dangerous

Wrong. It is undeniable that some people will be the victim of crime while travelling, but these are rare instances. For most travelling is a liberating experience and one that includes meeting all manner of new people.

  1. The more ground you cover, the more you see

Wrong. Travelling should not be seen as an opportunity to fulfil a check list of cities, countries or sites. Instead, take your time to not only understand your destination, but also to enjoy the journey.

  1. Travelling is only for seasoned veterans

Wrong. Too many people still seem intent on pedalling the myth that travel is only for an experienced few, an elite who really understand. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if you’ve never been abroad before, the world is yours to enjoy.

  1. Rigorous planning is required

Wrong. Some of the most fulfilling trips are those that are spontaneous. A weekend budget bus ticket, or last minute flight can be your gateway to an unforgettable trip. Similarly, arriving in a foreign city without any plans can be greatly liberating, allowing you to throw yourself in and discover it with preconceived expectations.

  1. You need a lot of kit.

Wrong. If you’re climbing a mountain good boots would be advisable, however, this is not to say that you always need a lot of extra equipment. Sometimes your passport, some cash and an open mind is all you need to get out and see the world.

  1. There’s a correct way to enjoy to travel

Wrong. Whether you favour jetting off alone, an all-inclusive resort or a backpacking adventure, there is no right way to travel, only the way you enjoy most.

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