I want to end 7 of the most common travel myths I've encountered over the years.
Myth # 1: Travel is expensive
The idea is that the trip is old only about fancy tours, beach-side resorts and luxurious villas. Traditionally, micro-marketing language led everyone to believe that "a fun holiday is an expensive holiday."After being bombarded by those insidious advertising campaigns for decades, our collective consciousness is still tantamount to traveling with luxury. Heck, I used to believe the same.
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But the fact of the matter is that you do not need a trust fund or a high-paying job for a wonderful journey.
1. You will need to know how to plan a trip.
2. You will need to save money.
3. You just have to be creative and have the right priorities.
And this can also be done at minimum wage. Sure, it may take longer to save your trip, and you may need to make sacrifices, but if you want to travel, you can find a way to make it .
Myth # 2: Travel credit cards will collapse your credit notch
Lots of credit cards
I cannot count the number of those free flights and hotels have been with me for years. By traversing points and miles, I have been able to travel for a fraction of its price while opening up tons of budget possibilities, otherwise it would have cost.
You can do this too.
Travel hacking is the art of using travel credit cards to collect points and miles which can then turn everyone into free travel using your regular expenses. No additional purchases. No jumping through loopholes. Travel free by simply putting your nights, groceries, gas, and other regular expenses on a travel card.
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There will be a temporary drop in your credit score when applying for a credit card, if you keep paying your bills, this dip is corrected within two months. Unless you are making a major purchase (such as buying a home) in the near future, a slight decline will not affect you. Just place applications (if you are applying for multiple cards) and you will not see a continuous negative impact on your credit score.
I mean what is the point of creating a credit score if you don't use it? There are some additional resources on credit cards and hacking to help you get started:
Myth # 3: Couchsurfing is unsafe
A young woman sleeping on a couch around the world. Locals provide a free space in their home (sometimes just a couch) which travelers can then use to tour the city and learn about the destination.
Although living in a stranger's home may not be for everyone, it is still a safe and fun way to travel (not to mention a cheaper price). Much like Airbnb, there are reviews and profiles of Couchsurfing hosts that you can read to make sure you stay with someone you feel like you're with. It really isn't much different than Airbnb (except free!).
Of course, if you're not ready to be with a stranger, you can use the app to meet people for activities instead of food, coffee, or a trip to the museum. This is a great way to benefit from the app without having to live with anyone.
As long as you use common sense, read reviews, and trust your stomach, you'll be able to use the app safely while saving money and having fun. There are families that host people, single women hosts who host only women, as well as expect to join fellow foreigners.
The team and I have both used the site dozens and dozens of times. It is a vibrant community and completely safe. Because, contrary to what the news and media like to report, not everyone is out looking for their next victim, a secret killer. Most people are good, kind people just look to make friends and learn new things. Do not let fear limit your opportunities.
Myth # 4: Hitching Will Get You Killed
Funny Hitching Sign from USA. The idea that hitching is dangerous dates back to the 1950s when the FBI led a fearsome campaign to get people to stop the practice, as civil rights activists were hitchhiking to rallies. The FBI's campaign is permanently ingrained in people's minds that hitchhiking is dangerous, claiming most hitchhikers are killers.
Combined with a statement by the media that the world is unsafe, hitchhiking is considered a dangerous activity - even if it is not. Hitchhiking, like couchsurfing, is about using common sense. Pay attention to the license plates, keep a phone in the event of an emergency, and travel with a friend if you are not going alone. Use your judgment and follow your instincts and you will be able to meet many interesting people while remaining safe.
Myth # 5: Travel is not safe for female counterpart.
A woman traveling alone in a nomadic world. Although, both men and women face risks on the road, women often face additional hazards that require caution and awareness. But this does not mean that women need to stay home or just go to super-safe destinations.
The "If it bleeds, it goes on" approach to reporting over the years has only exposed negative stories of female travelers. This style of reporting reinforces assumptions that the world is so frightening that single-woman travel is very unsafe and should be avoided.
Fortunately, this is not true at all. Like the film Taken, you have a higher chance of getting hit by a bus. But don't just take my word for it. Here is an excerpt from a post on women's safety:
If I look at the time when people said to me "don't go there!" Or "You can die!" The press is extremely influential. I cannot tell you how many times I have read international press coverage which is flat-out wrong. You need to get reliable sources and advice from people who know what they are talking about. My worried father said to me, "You are not going." He was clearly concerned about Rwanda's past. If he had done his research, he would have known that Rwanda is the safest country in East Africa. The crime rate in your backyard can be as bad as the place you are, if not worse. These days, there are powerful, independent women makers traveling in all corners of the world - including off-the-beaten-path countries.
Myth 6: Economic travel is only possible if you are not married and having young age
Families traveling the world together and posing in front of the mountains. Many people believe that traveling is something that you can only do when you are young or single.
This is not so true statement. I understand that when you grow up, you want more luxury than a budget backpacker. I have seen families and seniors around the world who live in hostels, or drive RVs.
Myth # 7: You can't be a migrant
Working on a yacht while traveling. If you want to work and are flexible about what you are willing to do, you can find employment almost anywhere. You can get a working holiday in countries like Australia or New Zealand, be a pair, teach English, or even volunteer for room and board.
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Sure, you cannot get a fancy or well-paid job. But what does it matter if your priority is travel? Farms, schools, bars, restaurants, cafes, and the tourism industry are almost always looking for employees - especially in areas with a seasonal flood of tourists. You will not be rich, but you will get to see the world. These travel myths have been going on for years with the belief that travel should be expensive and the world is scary.
This could not be further from the truth. With a little research, you'll find that traveling the world is safer - and much cheaper - than most people think.