There is so much information on the internet about traveling the world. Loads of people have experienced it, meaning you have so many different opinions on certain things. This can be good, but it also leads to a few misconceptions about traveling. As a result, you may have a skewed idea about traveling the world, and it can put some people off or make them underprepared for the experience.
Keeping all of that in mind, let’s look at some of the most common misconceptions about global travel:
You need a visa to enter different countries
So many people believe this, but it’s only partially true. You can enter some countries without needing any visa at all. Look at Europe as a prime example; all members of the EEA can travel to each other’s countries without a visa. Some people think you even need to meet strict requirements like understanding the language before you can get a visa to be allowed in. This is probably a misunderstanding as it’s in the 2020 spouse visa requirements, but that has nothing to do with casual traveling. A good rule of thumb is to do a quick Google search before you plan any trips. Type in the name of a country and ‘travel requirements’ and you’ll soon see if a visa is needed or not.
Traveling alone is dangerous
This stems from the fact that there have been a few stories of people losing their lives when traveling alone. However, it’s not fair to say that you will be in danger if you travel by yourself. You can still enjoy a safe and relaxing experience that feels invigorating as you’re alone. Some people prefer solo travel as it gives you a chance to connect to your inner being and meet new people. A more accurate statement would be that it’s safer to travel in groups, but you aren’t guaranteed to be in danger when you’re alone!
It costs an arm and a leg
Arguably the most common misconception of global travel is that it costs loads of money. It’s hardly going to be cheap, but you won’t spend your life savings when traveling the world. It’s all about understanding how and when to spend your money. If you book five-star hotels all the time, then it will obviously cost a fortune. But, if you stay in hostels or camp during your trip, the costs are instantly slashed. The same goes for transportation: a 12-hour train journey sounds daunting, but it costs half as much as a flight. Making your own food is cheaper than eating out at restaurants, so there are loads of ways to make it an affordable experience. Plus, if you’re traveling for many months, you could try to get part-time work to earn some money. Or, you can volunteer at different places – this won’t be paid, but some places may give you free accommodation or food for your help.
The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t believe everything you see! Hopefully, this gives you a more accurate view of a few key aspects of traveling the world.