3 Very Wrong Myths About Travel

If you think travel is about these three things, you’re so wrong!

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There are several myths about travel that stop people from going wherever they might dream about going to. It hurts me to hear people saying “oh, I’d never be able to afford to go to Paris” or “I’m too old/young to be travelling alone to Thailand”, because they are extremely wrong in the way they think about travel.

Agreed, the world is a mad place sometimes, with conflicts and terrorist attacks and all the negative stuff, but unfortunately, that’s what the world has become these days and there’s nothing we can do about it but make the best out of it. The top three myths about travel in my books are “travel is expensive, dangerous and time consuming”, and yes, they’re all bullshit.

Travel is expensive

No, it is not. Or it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can travel for free if you really want to. How? There are services like Couchsurfing where strangers let you sleep on their couches for free, in pretty much any city on this planet. Flights? With low cost airlines, you can go around the world now at a quarter of the prices normal airlines ask for a plane ticket. Even lower.

You can see the whole Europe in a month with no more than 500 Euros, with low-cost airlines like Ryanair or Wizz Air and staying with couch-surfers or in hostels. Travel is not expensive, but people have the idea that it’s still something exclusive for the rich folks, because of the movies they see or the advertisements some travel agencies want you to see. In the real world, travel is close to free.

Travel is dangerous

No, it is not. Saying that travel is dangerous is like saying living is dangerous. Of course living is dangerous, going places is dangerous, speaking your mind is dangerous, but that doesn’t mean we’re all going to stop living now and go in a bunker somewhere. Millions of people around the world are in a plane or a hotel right now, and 99,9% of them will get back to their homes in one piece.

My rule for travel and the dangers of it is simple, and I apply it not only for travel, but for the daily life as well. If there’s something to be happening to you, anything bad, like a disease, or an accident, or a crime, it can happen to you while you’re at home, or out with friends, or 10.000 kilometers away from home, in Seoul.

If there’s something around the corner, the truth is, you can’t avoid it, so when you hear someone saying “travel is dangerous, I’m not doing it”, remind them that if they’re up for something to be happening to them, it can happen anywhere in the world, as well as in their own room.

Travel is time consuming

Yes, no matter for how long you travel, you need to invest time into it. But think about the other stuff you invest a lot of time into, and what you get back from it? You spend most of your time working, scrolling through Facebook and reading emails, and at the end of the day, you’re just more confused, stressed, unhappy and frustrated.

With travel, you put your time into discovering new cultures, experiencing new foods and meeting new people in the real world. You face your fears, regardless of what they are, on a daily basis, which leads to a better version of you at the end of each 24 hours. You get to discover yourself, what you like, don’t like, care about and not give a damn about.

You travel not to discover the world, but to discover yourself. That is priceless, and deserves all the time in the world.

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