The idea of travelling always stirs a familiar feeling of both overwhelming excitement and the dreaded anxiety, even the most seasoned travellers experience. But for most travellers, it’s all part and parcel of the process of getting ready to jet off on a new adventure. But for some others, these preconceived ideas about travel, and travel myths actually stop them from ever taking the leap. Here, we debunk some of the most common travel myths and explain exactly why they are completely wrong!
1. Travelling Is Too Expensive
Ah, the oldest excuse in the book! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a millionaire to go travelling. Sure, you will definitely need to make some sacrifices to afford it, like not buying those new pair of shoes or sitting in on a Saturday night- but where there is a will, there’s a way! In this new age of technology, with Couchsurfing and Workaways, it’s never been easier to travel on a budget.
2. It’s Too Dangerous
These days, we are saturated with fear mongering news stories, leading to the conclusion that anywhere outside your own doorstep is unsafe. And while you should always use your common sense to keep yourself safe, it makes no sense to avoid seeing the world due to the fear of a negative outcome. The world is a safe and friendly place if you take the right measures to take care of yourself.
3. If I Take Time Out, I Will Never Get A Job
A gap year (or two) can actually be one of the best decisions you can make for your career. Taking time out to explore a new country, maybe learn a new language, getting to know people from all over the world, and in the end coming back a more worldly and confident person will really make you stand out to a future employer.
4. I Will Get Bored
Said nobody, ever! We don’t know how this rumor started, but we want to put a quick end to this myth, fast. Every situation is what you make of it- Sure, there can be days that are more relaxed than others, but when you are with new friends and in a new place, there is too much to discover to ever get bored. Make each second of your time travelling count, because it goes by in the blink of an eye.
5. I Will Go On One Trip, And Get It Out Of My System
One thing that we know for sure, is that the travel bug is no myth! People often say they want to ‘get the travel bug out of their system’ but once you come home from your first trip, you will know that you are truly infected for good! But a thirst to see the world is only a good thing, whether the next voyage is for a weekend, a month or a year- you’ll be satisfied with every extra taste.
What travel myths do you think are missing? Let us know in the comments below!