Travel Myths (and why they’re wrong)

brooke saward

Travel is expensive [Not if you do it right!]
The world is unsafe [Quite the contrary, people are inherently good]
Stereotypes are True [The truth is this couldn’t be further from the truth]
Guidebooks know best [Guidebooks don’t know best (and here’s why)…]
Traveling is running away [What’s so bad about freeing yourself anyway?]
The Travel Bug [Myth or Truth?]

Common Travel Myths

Travel is expensive


 Contrary to popular belief, travel isn’t (or at least doesn’t have to be) expensive. In the 21st Century travel has become a much more accessible activity, offering something for every budget. There are some countries you can visit and live on holiday for less than you would at home (take for example Nepal, India, or even Easter European countries like Bosnia & Herzegovina). Food & accommodation is much cheaper as tourism has been on a steep incline globally, so there is more competition. Sure, the likes of Paris, Rome and London are still expensive, but there are plenty of alternative choices if you’re on a budget.

The world is unsafe


 Regardless of what people tell you, the horror stories you see plastered all over the news and the ‘worst case scenario’ ideas you have inside your head, much of the world is safe to visit. Sure, there are some countries and cities you should avoid – but for the most part, the world is safe beyond the borders of your country.

Stereotypes are true


 Much like safety, I often hear various stereotypes about certain Nationalities, religions, cultures, etc. So many of them are not true or ridiculously exaggerated. The only way to know is to go and see for yourself – otherwise you have no say in the matter!

Guidebooks know best


 This is a tough one because I myself often use guidebooks as a first point of reference, and certainly believe they have some relevance. The problem with guidebooks is that they are often out of date or written by someone you don’t know – you don’t know what this person likes, if they’re relatable to you, or whether you will have similar tastes or interests in a city. That’s what I love about the bloggosphere – relying on a blog for your travel tips allows you to go to the blog you know best suits you personally. You get to know the author of the blog, trust them, and follow their advice!

Traveling is running away


 If you’re young and unsure of what you want to do with your life, I urge you to travel. If you’re midway through your life and feel there is a void – an unhappiness you can’t put your finger on – I urge you to travel. If you’re tired of your career and need a break, I urge you to travel. The misconception that travel is ‘running away’ couldn’t be any further from the truth. Traveling is a way to go out there and find out about the world AND yourself in the process. 

The travel bug is real


I’ve gotta call truth on this one. Since first going overseas a decade ago, I have been completely mesmerised by travel. The sense of adventure, discovering new places, trying new things, meeting new people…. I just can’t get that ‘fix’ elsewhere. If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that the travel bug is real. 

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Great post! The travel bug is real! 😉

    Dancing Orange
    October 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

    SO TRUE! Where there is a will, there is a way! 🙂

    x Dancing Orange

    October 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

    The bug. Oh, the bug. It’s so true, since I packed my first backpack aged 20 I’ve been riddled with this bug. Gets into my skin and makes me itchy if I stop anywhere for too long. Well put!

    Danyela Villanueva
    October 2, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Beautifully written, Brooke. <3

    natalia h
    October 1, 2014 at 5:18 am

    About travel expenses: there is ALWAYS somewhere you can go. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world to really travel. Work with the budget you have, you’ll always find something fun and exciting to do.

    The Simple Sol
    October 1, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Love your blog!

    The Simple Sol
    October 1, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Love your blog!

    Nikki Vargas
    September 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Great post! I especially think the point on “traveling is running away” is a big myth that I come across a lot. On a recent solo trip through Argentina, I seemed to get questioned on why I was running away from family and friends. There’s a horrible stigma around traveling when young that you’re holding off on “reality” or running away from responsibility, which is definitely not true. As always, thanks for sharing!

    September 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    It is very true. I have learnt so much about the world and about myself through travelling.

    September 30, 2014 at 3:16 am

    You’re so right! OH, thanks for someone raising it up for the truth. Stereotypes, although they might refer to some people they don’t mean EVERYONE is like that, and of course, traveling is one of the most open-minding, fun and addicting activities nowadays (and even quite affordable)!
    With love,

    Betty J. Ogburn
    September 30, 2014 at 2:02 am

    …I, too, have a bug–it’s called “wanderlust”, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, :-)!!…

    September 30, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Was this photo taken in Budapest, Hungary? I live there! Great post, by the way! <3

    September 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Damn that travelbug!! Also, places like Rome or London are definitely expensive, but if you go off the beaten track you can find some fair prices there too.

    September 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    LOVE this!

    Abby Smith
    September 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Love this post – you’re so right! There are so many misconceptions and stereotypes when it comes to travelling and different countries and from my personal experience, they have never been true! xx

    Abby / Eärendil

    September 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    “The travel bug is real” SO true!

    September 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Great article Brooke!

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    September 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    An amazing place. I will surely plan my upcoming vacation to this place.Thanks for posting nice blog.

    September 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Great list! I definitely agree about the travel bug!!!!

    September 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love your blog and I love what you do. But although I do agree that travel can be much cheaper than people take it to be, I still find it strange to read that living on holiday in Bosnia & Hertzogovina is cheaper than at home. Do all your readers live in Australia? I wouldn’t hold it against you in any way, but I would love it if you paid more attention to the fact that for someone from Bosnia for instance, travel is still way more expensive than living at home. And way way more expensive than for someone from Australia.

    It’s not like it’s your fault that Australia has way higher wages than most countries, but will you please not be one of those people who say that certain Eastern European countries are cheap. They are not cheap for people who live there, just keep that in mind.

    Madeline Fedmont
    September 29, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Very good list 🙂

    September 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I loved your comment about traveling books… They can be generally misleading…

    September 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I have to agree with all of those, especially the expensive part! Youc. An do it cheaply easily!

    20 year old travel blogger, have a look ! 🙂

    September 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    That damn travel bug!