There are also options that can help you save money on accommodations. If you’re traveling outside peak season hotels will usually be cheaper. If you’re okay sharing space, hostels are a cheaper alternative to hotels, though they don’t usually have all the same amenities, if any. Couchsurfing is another option that lets you stay with a local for free. If that doesn’t feel like your thing, Airbnb is another, sometimes lower cost, alternative to hotels.
You can also save money by not eating at restaurants every meal. If you are staying at a hotel that offers free breakfasts, take advantage of it. For lunches go shopping, buy food the same places locals do. And avoid restaurants in tourist areas.
Myth 2: Traveling overseas is dangerous
It seems we’re continuously bombarded with images of terror attacks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Based on this you’d be justified in thinking that international travel is dangerous. You know what else can be dangerous? Crossing the street. The fact is violence is actually down worldwide. So let there be travel.
Myth 3: Overseas travel is only for the young/retired/childless
Let’s dispel this right now. International travel is for everyone who wants to do it! You are never too
anything to travel. Age is not a determining factor in what vacations you can take. Health might be, but plenty of young people have health issues. As far as having children, plenty of people take childless vacations.
You want to go to Bucharest for Christmas? Go for it. You want to go parasailing in Costa Rica? Great, do it. The only limit is your imagination, well, and local laws (follow those).
Myth 4: I don’t have enough vacation time to go overseas
Sure you do. Combine your vacation days with a weekend to extend your time. If you have personal days maybe take a couple. You may not be able to see or do everything you want. But here’s a secret, you can always go back.
Myth 5: Traveling with a tour company isn’t authentic
There is no single correct way to travel. Everyone is different and so are their traveling preferences.
If you prefer traveling with a tour company that has a set itinerary, that’s fine. If you only have a few days it can be helpful to have everything set with guaranteed entry into every attraction you want to visit.
Maybe it makes you feel safer to be part of a group, that’s fine. Nobody has any right to judge how you travel.
Myth 6: Solo travel isn’t safe/is the only true way to travel
Stop it! See points 2 and 6.
Myth 7: You have to speak X language fluently to travel to X country
In the cities, no matter what country you travel to, most people speak English. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try to pick up a few key phrases, but really, you probably won’t have a problem.
Now, if you’re going to less well traveled areas this might be a problem. But you never know till you try.
So go, enjoy.
Myth 8: Everyone hates insert nationality here
Prejudiced people exist everywhere. What most people don’t like are obnoxious, unaware travelers. Brush up on local customs before you go and be respectful of the local people and their culture. And please, don’t insult the local cuisine. You don’t have to eat it, just don’t be rude.
Myth 9: X country is nothing but tourist traps
Every country that experiences a certain amount of tourism is going to have a few tourist traps. You can
enjoy them, there’s nothing wrong with doing touristy things. But if you want to get off the beaten path, that’s simple, there are plenty of travel articles about less well known places to visit.
Myth 10: I’ll get homesick
This isn’t really myth so much as it’s an excuse. Some people get homesick, but that shouldn’t stop you from traveling. Think of all the great stories you’ll have to tell your friends and family when you get back.