We see stories of people embarking on journeys. Of people travelling the world. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, it’s hard to keep yourself away from the hoard of travellers we see at every turn. We see their photos and feel a surge well up within us to just go out and explore. But then something always holds us back. Doubts and insecurities, most of which are a result of the travel myths we so often here people sprouting. If you want to travel the world, the first step is to trust it.
So we’re here to ease your worries and to tell you the truth from the lie. Once these travel myths have been debunked, there’s nothing to hold you back from setting off.
1. Myth: Travelling is expensive
Yes, travelling can get expensive but not if you play it smart and plan ahead. There are plenty of destinations that are cheap and affordable. Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka are some that fall in that category.
2. Myth: Flight tickets are always expensive
You can always get good deals and flight offers. Keep your eyes open for them and check your emailers every once in a while. You’re bound to get good discounts. Flights with a lot of stopovers and the ones that fly early morning are generally cheaper. You just have to dig around a bit and have patience.
3. Myth: Travelling is unsafe
Sitting at home and reading about the happenings of the world can make anyone feel depressed and make them question the world we live in today. It’s bound to make you apprehensive. But once you step out and start exploring, you’ll realise the world isn’t as scary a place as you perceived it to be. You’ll find many a friendly people along the way.
4. Myth: Solo travelling is unsafe, especially for women
Some basic common sense, street smartness and alertness is required for any form of holiday, be it with family or friends. The same goes for solo travelling. As long as you’re alert and aware of your surroundings there’s no immediate danger, even for women. So go embark on that adventure!
5. Myth: Travelling is easier for singles and not people with families
That’s as far from the truth as it can get. Travelling with kids isn’t as much of a nightmare as the world would have you believe. As long as you and your partner are on the same page, there will be no worries.
Author : Sanjana Sule