Whether you’re new to traveling or a seasoned globetrotter, you can never get enough travel tips.
One way to enjoy your traveling, even more, is to dispel certain travel myths that ruin experiences. Following the wrong travel advice can lead to astronomical expenses, unnecessarily long travel routes, and more problems.
Are you ready to plan your actual dream vacation?
Start by replacing these time-wasting travel myths with smart travel tips you can use.
You Can’t Travel Alone
The first myth to erase from your travel itinerary is the “no traveling” alone rule. This myth grew out of practical safety concerns. There is safety in numbers, but traveling alone isn’t as dangerous as one would think.
The travel industry is also actively advertising to solo travelers, as well.
There are also studies showing the benefits of solo travel. According to Psychology Today, times of solitude (in moderation) improve mental health and recharge the brain. This practice is necessary for decision-making, creativity, and innovation.
However, it’s vital to plan solo trips wisely. For starters, choose locations that are best for solo travel.
Top destinations include:
- New Zealand
Guatemala is another favorite on solo travelers’ lists. This is a great place to meet up and travel with other people who are traveling alone.
That’s another unique benefit of solo travel. While you may embark on your journey alone, there’s an opportunity to meet other travelers, allowing you to form your own travel group.
This is a great idea if you want to travel to certain areas where having a group is safer.
Travel Myths About Traveling With Family
Embarking on a group travel adventure doesn’t mean you have to put up with your family (or friends.) Some friends and family members aren’t fun to travel with, and that’s okay. Look at your options!
For starters, consider joining a travel group.
There are plenty of travel and tour services that organize group trips. It’s like solo travel, but you get the added relief of “safety in numbers.” Even better, you can make new travel friends!
These types of services are popular in tourist-heavy locations like New York City, London, Paris, Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, and Rome.
San Francisco is another excellent group travel destination. The city is small and walkable. Plus, it’s packed with things to do, including historical buildings, piers, Alcatraz, nightlife, great food, and guided tours.
You Don’t Have to Spend a lot of Money to Travel
One of the biggest myths is that you need a lot of money to travel. This myth simply isn’t true. Plenty of people travel the world on a budget.
For starters, rethink your traveling habits.
Ask yourself, do I need to go shopping while traveling?
You likely don’t need to shop for clothes while traveling unless you really need a sweatshirt or jacket in cold weather. When it comes to shopping, focus on travel essentials. You may need to buy some extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, soap, hair brushes, and other necessities: that’s fine!
Do you really need to buy a designer-made outfit in Paris?
Plus, not wasting money on things you don’t need, leaves room for more fun purchases, like souvenirs for friends and family. You may want to take yourself to an authentic meal in Germany, Russia, or Spain. Plan these types of purchases in advance so that you can have enough money when the time arises.
Plan a travel itinerary to save money!
The above points also speak to the importance of creating a travel itinerary first. Attractions, transportation, and food all cost money. Itineraries help you budget for the entire trip beforehand.
You Don’t Have to Pay Full Price for Flights
Another idea is to create a savings account just for traveling. You could automatically extract a few dollars from each paycheck into a separate account and watch it grow; there’s your travel budget!
Travel credit cards are another option but use them wisely. These types of credit cards are best for large travel-related purchases, like flights, motels, hotels, and hostels. Avoid using them for smaller items; reserve cash for souvenir purchases, food, and necessities.
Even better, you can rack up travel points every time you use these cards. If you accumulate enough points, you can book flights (and some hotels) for free!
Travel and lodging packages are another option. These are deals that bundle flights and hotels together. Book these well in advance to score even better deals.
The same rule applies to plane flights in general. The earlier you book, the better deals you’ll get. However, some airlines have remarkable last-minute deals.
Install a free flight app that gives you up-to-the-minute flight news, including the latest deals in real time.
If you don’t mind long trips, you could always travel by train to save money. Trains also take scenic routes, making for a special trip. Trains are ideal for solo travel!
Embrace Physical Activity While Traveling
For many globetrotters, traveling is all about rest and relaxation, but it doesn’t have to be.
Don’t hesitate to go on a real adventure!
Places like Mount Kilimanjaro are ideal locations for active people looking for an epic climbing adventure.
Other perfect spots for climbing include:
- Mount Everest
- Mount Kenya
- Mount Shasta
- Mont Blac Mountain
- Island Peak
- Half Dome
Unless you’re extremely experienced and agile, you don’t want to attempt climbing trips alone. Some locations may not let you climb alone, either, for safety reasons.
Prepare well ahead of time too.
You’ll need to spend money on the following items:
- Climbing gear
- Weatherproof clothes
- Camping supplies
- Camping food and snacks
- First aid kits
- Emergency supplies
You can absolutely keep costs low on a climbing trip. The most expensive part is the flight itself. Whichever mountain you choose may have service fees, including gear rentals.
Enjoy Traveling Again
Forget outdated travel myths. Create better experiences by following a new set of rules—your rules!
Take advantage of money-saving offers from the vacation industry, set a budget, embrace traveling alone, or even climb a mountain for cheap.
New experiences await! Draw even more inspiration from our blog.