I’m sure we’ve all heard other people’s opinions on traveling, and why some simply don’t do it. I’m here to break down these common misconceptions about traveling and show that while there may be some truths to these ideas about traveling, they’re for the most part not true!
Myth Number 1: Traveling is Expensive I could go on and on about this topic, and I feel like this is the top reason why many people limit their traveling to once a year or less. So, yes, you do need to save some money for a trip. But, in today’s age, there are so many resources out there to save you money while traveling! From smartphone apps, to coupons, to cheap home rentals, this excuse just doesn’t hold up very much anymore. And, when traveling, stick to a budget like you would with anything else, try to only spend money on things you really want to experience-or can’t experience back home. Your wallet will thank you!
Myth Number 2: A Plane Ride is the Only Way to Travel Try not to limit yourselves to strictly traveling by plane. This is usually more expensive (ahem, number 1) and you miss out on getting to see a lot of awesome sights along the way if you were to say travel by car or train instead.
Myth Number 3: You Have No Time to Travel Another one that I hear people say often. We travel several times through out the year. Some trips are a week long, some are longer weekends, while others are shorter weekend getaways. The point is that, if the wanderlust is there, you will find a way to get away from your day to day duties and go traveling.
Myth Number 4: You Need an SUV to Have Room for Your Belongings This is so not the case. We travel in a Toyota Camry and it allows us to have plenty of space for all that we need. Mind you, there’s only two of us, but we are able to pack plenty of clothes, food, supplies, and all our camping gear. Be creative with the space you have with a sedan and you may surprise yourself.
Myth Number 5: You’ll be Forced to Dine Out Every Meal I’m with you-it’s so nice to have someone else cook your meals and take care of all the clean up so you can have a more relaxing trip. However, this will rack up your food bill for the trip, as well as add to the scale once you get back home. To avoid this, plan out at least a few meals for your trip, and go shopping for all that you’ll need before you leave. Sometimes it’s just as nice to have an intimate meal at your ‘home’ on vacay.
Myth Number 6: Traveling is Dangerous I’m not going to argue and say that this is false. Because, yup, accidents happen to some people while traveling. The best advice I can give you is to use common sense and to not read everything you hear in the news. We visited Detroit a couple years ago, and came back home unscathed. It’s best to use common sense and stick to activities you’re comfortable with while traveling to avoid danger.
Myth Number 7: Foreign Traveling Conquers All This is another myth that makes me wince. Especially if you’re an American-there’s SO much to explore in your own country! Don’t discount all the adventures you can have right outside your door.
I hope you’ll break free of these myths now and travel more. Don’t let what I listed above keep you from traveling as often as possible.