Whether you are a travel enthusiast or you just enjoy traveling somewhere, there are many things you have to keep in mind before you step a foot in the airport.

Planning a vacation now is a lot more different than 20 years ago. People now have neglected travel agencies and replaced them for websites that advertise cheaper plane tickets. Also, they are now exploring new ways to enjoy their vacation by going on solo excursions, adventure trips, staycations, and renting the house of their neighbors.

With the rise all of these new ways and tricks to see the world, myths about travel and tourism had raised with them causing a few issues that are not supposed to be, and I think it is time to give them a rest… forever!

1. PLANE TICKETS WILL BE CHEAPER IF BOUGHT EARLIER

If you tried to purchase the plane tickets months before your vacation, then they will be cheaper, right? Well, that’s not the case anymore. The prices of tickets change based on busy periods and travel seasons. So the truth is, the last-minute ticket prices could be cheaper than the ones you would buy months before.

2. AIR ON PLANES IS RECYCLED!

The planes have extremely dry air, but it doesn’t pass on any diseases. However, it is understandable thinking that it is a sealed box that keeps all the bacteria inside, but thankfully, airlines spent a generous amount of money and energy in order to pump the air out of the aircraft, to filter it, and to heat it.

Some of the air is recycled, but it goes through a special system to destroy and get rid of all the bacteria.

3. ARRIVING EARLY MEANS NOT STANDING IN LINE

To travel through crowded places means you will have to stand in line, that’s a fact. The only times you can skip those lines is if you traveled when it is not the travel season or the peak times during the day when airports are extremely busy. So try to get a flight at noon (when the sun is at its hottest) or at the end of the day.

4. EATING FROM STREET STALLS

Many travelers prefer to eat in restaurants than in a street stall. If your reason is to have a better atmosphere or the air conditioner, that’s fine. But if your reason was the fear of getting food poisoning, then it is best to eat from a street stall.

In restaurants, you don’t know what’s going on inside the kitchen, while in the stalls, you can witness the whole process and see yourself if the seller is wearing any gloves. Plus, it will be cheaper!

5. THE LOCALS KNOW BEST

 

If you are willing to depend on locals to give you tourist advice, then ask yourself when was the last time you have been to a hotel in your hometown. Locals don’t have to go to hotels and they don’t know which ones are the greatest.

Also, it might be useless asking them for the cheapest attractions because if a local wants to help you, then it is because they want money off of you, which makes their advice questionable.

6. SLEEP ON THE PLANE TO AVOID JET LAG

Anyone who has traveled to a country with different time zones understands the struggle of jet lag. So unless it is night time at your destination, then sleeping in the plane will not help with the jet lag at all. You basically will not have any choice but letting your body balance its biological clock on its on

7. DON’T FLY TO A COUNTRY WITH A TRAVEL WARNING

If you are about to cancel your plans because of a travel warning, then ask yourself first whether the warning has anything to do with travelers. The travel warnings are mostly temporary and related to specific areas with different levels of threat. So before making any decision, visit the Travel Advisories page to know everything you need.

8. HIDE THE MONEY IN A SPECIAL WALLET

It truly doesn’t matter in which pocket or wallet you will be hiding your money because if someone wants to steal your money, they will do it successfully. As long as you are alert to the environment, you can keep your wallet in your purse/pocket.

However, always go out only with the amount you need or your credit card, and leave the rest safe in the hotel with your passport.

9. DUTY-FREE IS CHEAP

Many people prefer to buy perfumes and alcohol at the duty-free because it will be “cheaper”. Sorry to break your bubble but the prices there are the same and they could even be more expensive sometimes.

The only products that could be cheaper are the cigarettes, alcohol, and electronics. Other than that, you will still be paying the same amount of money!