Sometimes, we let hearsay and misconceptions get the better of us, hindering us from gaining a full experience. Sadly, this is especially evident with traveling. We’ve come to know things over the years from unsafe countries to jetlag that isn’t actually true. This needs to stop, so allow us to knock some sense into you. Here are the five most common travel misconceptions that we all should stop believing:
1. Traveling is expensive.
A lot of people will tell you that traveling will burn a hole in your pocket. But if you’ve gone on a well-planned trip, you already know for a fact that this isn’t true. There are lots of things you can do to greatly reduce the cost of your trip from availing of promos on flights and accommodations to finding alternate means of getting to places. Traveling does cost money but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
2. Traveling to new places is unsafe.
Though it is true that there are some places in the world that can be dangerous, it doesn’t mean that every new destination is. With the right amount of preparation and research, there are tons of ways you can stay safe. There's always little danger involved when you travel, but that can happen anywhere, even in your own home town. In general, most places are safe as long as you read up before you leave.
3. Hostels and dorms are awful accommodations.
Hotels can be expensive and finding the right place to stay on a trip can really make or break it. There are a lot of misconceptions about hostels and dorms but they are just as safe and just as good as any hotel. Online you'll find a lot of reviews and sources that list down the best hostels and dorms anywhere you plan to visit. Being open to these accommodations also enables you to meet new people in a relaxed, homey environment, in addition to being more affordable. You can also try out vacation rentals if you need more alternative places to stay.
4. Speaking in English will solve all your problems.
As much as you want to believe it, not everyone can speak or communicate in English. The best thing to do when traveling to a new country is to learn a few basic phrases to help you with figuring things out. Don’t rely on speaking in English because you may end up getting frustrated.
5. You never have time to travel.
Weekends are there for a reason, and even if it’s a quick trip it's still traveling. You also have vacation leaves to use up besides the holidays and long weekends scheduled every year. Remember, if you can make time for the gym, hanging out with friends, and an assortment of hobbies amidst your busy schedule, then you can certainly make time for a little travel.
*This story originally appeared on Travelbook.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.
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