The unpopular truths about these popular travel myths
DOTTED with shots of scenic landscapes and “Follow Me To” replicas, the content on your social media timelines may very well be a major deciding factor for your travels.
See, us travelers, we are very visual people. Which is why we are easily persuaded by carefully curated, often edited travel photography. And that is not always a bad thing.
However, as travelers (especially self-proclaimed experienced travelers), it is always advisable to do due diligence and put in enough research before attempting to jump on a plane and jet to a new place.
Here are some travel myths debunked so you will have the best time on your next adventure.
Traveling is the best way to find yourself
Unless if you are experiencing an out-of-body situation and you need to find your physical self then you will always be you no matter where you go.
To be honest, it really depends on where you are going and what you perceive as “finding yourself”.
Throwing yourself into the hustle and bustle of a city filled with towering skyscrapers will probably not change your life in a spiritual way.
Instead, maybe retreat to Indonesia or the Philippines for a quiet, wellness vacation to learn new ways of appreciating or changing your life.
Direct bookings with hotels are more expensive
Not if y0u consider their loyalty programmes and tie-ups with credit cards that offer perks and privileges booking platforms do not.
Furthermore, some hotel groups offer seasonal booking discounts across all of its brands – you just need to head over to their website and book directly.
And if it is your lucky day, on top of discounted prices and earning loyalty points, you may even get a free room upgrade.
While you are at it, do not forget to check if you have enough points to redeem other exclusive privileges or dining vouchers.
One-way tickets > round-trip tickets
Back in the day, round-trip tickets were priced cheaper than one-way tickets because the airline wants to keep passengers with them for the entire leg of their journey.
But airlines have changed with the times, thanks to online travel agencies (OTAs) and booking platforms allowing travelers to compare flight costs.
These days, one-way tickets can be cheaper if you are flexible with your flight times and not fussed about unpopular flight timings.
So open a couple of tabs on your browser and do a bit of clicking around airlines’ websites – you may find one that will fit your budget perfectly.
I don’t need travel insurance for a short trip
Well, imagine this: You could have been in Lombok or Bali the weekend the powerful quake shook the region and caused so much devastation.
Also, who is to say that you will not be needing insurance for the activities you are planning, especially those that require a bit of climbing, scuba diving, or trekking?
The truth is, as long as you are not on your home ground, it is better to be safe than sorry.
In fact, leave no stone unturned and buy every insurance policy necessary to cover lost luggage, hospital visits, and post-trip medical coverage.
If I check in late, I will get upgraded
Not necessarily. In fact, you could enjoy more benefits the earlier you check in.
More often than not, seat upgrades are given to the most frequent fliers because of course every airline wants to reward their most loyal.
But if you are really just banging on luck then you best be there early because the upgrade is usually given out on a first-come-first-served basis.
And people generally like a nice person so remember to smile at the employee checking you in at the counter.