Those who love travelling don’t care about what the world has to say. But yet, the world has a lot of things to say, which stops many from actually travelling. Many people are skeptical about packing their bags and globe-trotting due to the pre-conceived notions and tales (which are actually myths), they’ve heard about travelling. It’s time these myths get busted! We’ve listed down the terrible thirteen travel myths that need to be washed off the surface of the earth!
1. Women must not travel alone
While men can run around the world in whatever they want, women shouldn’t take solo trips, because the world’s a big bad place. This is a downright lie. Women can and rather should, take as many trips alone as they can, because they deserve that sense of freedom, as much as anyone else!
2. English is spoken everywhere
English is a dominant language of international business. However, many countries still do not recognize English as a universal language. Not everyone understands English. In fact, you might visit places where people speak only the local language, and not even the basics of English.
3. Solo travelers are single
This is one of the stupidest assumptions people make about solo travellers. No, all of them aren’t single. And they aren’t travelling alone because they are lonely. In fact, quite a few solo travelers have a family back home, with understanding partners.
4. Locals know everything: While locals can give the best suggestions on restaurants, you can’t rely on them for every other information. Can you name ALL tourist spots in your city? If yes, great. But not every local is as smart as you are.
5. Go early to avoid crowds
Guidebooks suggest that one should visit a place early to avoid crowd. Well, you aren’t the only one referring to the guidebook and so, chances are the place can be more flocked by people, early in the morning.
6. Those who live in hostels or couchsurf are poor
That’s just like assuming all Indians are poor, which we all know isn’t true! While some choose hostels or couchsurf to save on expenses, many seek it as an opportunity to meet more travelers and to get a closer look into different cultures.
7. Travelling is expensive: That depends on what kind of traveller you are. If you prefer luxurious hotels and business class air tickets, of course it is expensive. But if you can fix a budget, stick to it, and not go extravagant, travelling is certainly not expensive!
8. The world is an unsafe place: In that case, one should just stop living. Because, your neighborhood is a part of this unsafe world too, right? If you travel cautiously, travelling is safe even in few of the most unsafe cities.
9. Stereotypes are true
In that case, all Indian women should be saree-clad and men draped in dhotis. But is that really true? No! Stereotypes are not true at all, and one will realise this when they start travelling the world.
10. Guidebooks are most helpful
While guidebooks are knowledgeable, they aren’t the best reference points for your trip. Why, you ask? Well, travel guides are written for all kinds of audiences. While some people love historical monuments, some just love basking on the beach and there are some who like to experiment with different cuisines while travelling. A guidebook doesn’t cater to everyone’s customised needs, which is when blogs come handy.
11. Backpackers are pot smoking, beer addicts, unhygienic people
Grrrr! This is totally false! Backpackers are the most knowledgeable travellers, who have so many tales to tell that you’d be surprised. It’s wrong to judge people coz they choose to backpack. In fact, many backpackers stay away from alcohol and smoke in order to stay healthy while travelling. Yes, now that’s true!
12. Hostels are actually hookup centres: Oh, right! Travellers have nothing to do but to hook up with each other in ‘shared hostel dorms’ after having spent a tiring day exploring the country. Hostels are falsely unpopular for under the sheet activities. Most people who stay at hostels only exchange cultural stories, and nothing more than that!
13. If you don’t know the local language, you are screwed
It is almost impossible to learn every language around the world. Knowing the local language could be helpful, but it’s cool even if you don’t know it. You can always use hand gestures, nods and smiles.
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