Myths About Travel : Do you dream of travel? If so, what’s holding you back from hitting the road? Many people have misconceptions about what it takes to travel and what is involved, and this keeps them at home. If you’re happy being an armchair traveler—and many people are—then you should by all means keep doing what you’re doing. There are still great books written every year along with TV shows and, these days, wonderful blogs and vlogs about finding adventure out there in the big world. However, if you’re feeling like that’s not enough for you anymore, examine whether any of the common myths below are what’s holding you back.
Many people assume that you have to be rich to travel any further than your usual vacation spot. This isn’t true at all. There are a number of great strategies for spending less, and going abroad can be even cheaper than vacationing at home. To save money on flights, sign up for alerts and scour sites regularly so that you have a good idea of what prices are and what constitutes a bargain. Keep an eye in particular on budget airlines, and carry your luggage on instead of checking it. You don’t need to bring that much stuff anyway. Instead of staying in expensive hotels, look at hostels or at renting a room in someone’s home for a few days. You can even camp. If you do prefer hotels, get a credit card that allows you to accumulate points and use them for flights and accommodations. Yet another important part of saving money is to do good research ahead of time.
It’s true that when you are in an unfamiliar place, your usual cues for figuring out how unsafe a situation might be are not always as reliable as when you are at home. However, there is nothing inherently unsafe about travel, and some locations abroad are safer than those at home. If you are planning on leaving the country, it’s generally a good idea to keep an eye on the news and look at updates from the U.S. State Department, but for the most part, you should keep your safety concerns proportional.
With suggestions that you should consider packing light and camping or staying in a youth hostel or someone’s home up above, you might think that this is one supposed myth that might be true after all. However, the fact is that you can be comfortable in all of those situations, or you can spend less and stay at a small hotel instead of a big chain. Some people worry that they will not be able to get the products they are used to abroad, from their favorite shampoo to their favorite breakfast food.
You’d be surprised at the variety of international products that are available throughout the world, and moreover, you can always take things with you if they will increase your comfort. If you enjoy using a vaporizer and are worried about taking it on a plane, never fear. Airlines generally allow them as long as they are in your hand luggage. In fact, you could pick up a new PAX 3 vaporizer, which is sleeker and faster than ever at a midrange price, which will fit easily into your carry-on and offer one of the comforts of home wherever you are.
Maybe you’re thinking that all of the above is true, but what if you don’t have any one to take a trip with? Surely the loneliness of solo travel is not a myth. In fact, it is one of the biggest. You’re only alone on the road if you want to be. If you’re staying in a hostel or a private home as mentioned above, people are often eager to talk to you and spend time with you. Your challenge might be less about being lonely and more about trying to find a way to get some down time. Tours can be a great way to meet others. You can join up with a day tour in a city you’re visiting or join a tour for the entire trip. Another way to ensure that you don’t get lonely is to plan an activity. For example, you could sign up to take language or cooking or scuba diving classes.
Many people worry about sustainability and the footprint they leave when they travel. These are understandable concerns, but there are ways to travel sustainably. You can look for lower-impact means of transportation, including trains or even your own power, going by bicycle or on foot. You could do some volunteer work at the place you’re going to visit that helps the local environment. Some tours, companies and destinations specifically promote themselves as sustainable and eco-friendly. You may want to look in whether any of them would suit you.