It’s something that’s completely fashionable at the moment, but to say the travel landscape has changed over the last decade or so would be a vast understatement. Everything from the way we check in to hotels to the way in which we board a plane has been transformed – and mostly for the better, we should add.
In amongst all of these changes are also a few myths that creep up every now and again. Some of these misconceptions completely paint the travel industry in the wrong light, meaning that the remainder of today’s post will look to address them once and for all.
Myth #1 – You’ll come back with thousands of photos
This first myth unfortunately tends to be untrue. Sure, if you’ve ventured away on a family vacation, there’s every chance that you will have taken more than your fair share of photos. For long-term travel, the novelty quickly wears off though.
After a few weeks of being on the road, dragging your camera comes something of a chore. It’s partly because you have become engrained in the life of the country you are in – it almost doesn’t feel like a vacation anymore.
It’s for this reason that you have to actively look to take photos. Not only that, but you need to piece together some sort of plan as well. When we talk about plans, we’re referring to the likes of photo books – which at least mean that you know your photos will get seen eventually.
Myth #2 – Jet lag is simply due to a lack of sleep
This is a common misconception and in truth, it’s because most of us don’t understand what jet lag truly is. We all think that it occurs just because we’ve been on a long flight, and ultimately missed our elusive eight hours sleep.
There’s far more to it than this though. Jet lag can sometimes last up to a week and relates to your circadian rhythm. Your body is used to a certain schedule of night and day, and this regulates its hormones. When you travel to a country with a much different time zone, your body doesn’t know when to stay awake and when to sleep. This is where the problems start to occur; you can’t sleep at night, but just want to fall asleep during the day.
Myth #3 – It’s not safe to travel alone
This is a common myth, but also one that should be put to bed immediately. There’s no doubt that some countries are more dangerous than others, and it’s here in which you really should be careful. However, when you do go traveling, you will notice that a huge amount of people are just like you – doing it alone.
These individuals aren’t living their travels being scared of every movement, they are absolutely embracing it. Even the introverts amongst them are reveling in their solo-status; it really pushes people and allows them to interact with others in a way they didn’t think was possible for them. Any such safety concerns are quickly dispelled.