Sociologists have calculated that today’s kids have already flown 5 times more miles than their grandparents. Nowadays tourism is as popular as it has never been — Instagram is snowed under with glamour photos from resorts, while users continue bragging about their trips. However, due to the affordability of trips, traveling has grown over with a bunch of useless myths that are, simply put, dangerous to believe in.
Today We are pretending to be Sherlock Holmes and is going to bust 10 popular beliefs that can spoil your vacation.
1. Traveling is not always beautiful.
Experienced travelers say that a trip to a new country doesn’t resemble the edited photos on Instagram. In addition to white sand, swimming pools with blue water, and luxury hotels, you will also find a bunch of non-glamorous things.
For example, hours of layovers in airports, swollen legs due to long flights, or strange street food. In order to get a blogger-like photo, you’ll have to work hard: influencers spend a lot of time finding the right pose and editing their photos later.
2. Traveling instead of working doesn’t mean enjoying paradise.
Downshifting is the life philosophy of people who’ve decided to abandon the pursuit of money. Instead of going to an office every day, downshifters rent out their apartment / take out a loan / sell their car, and move to warm countries. Oftentimes, they don’t work at all or have a remote job. It sounds like a dream, but in reality, this idea is followed by many hardships.
First of all, idleness and the absence of at least some routine have a heavy effect on the psyche. Second, the money from renting out their apartment out might be not enough and some downshifters end up leading a marginal lifestyle (staying in a country illegally, in bad quality living arrangements, with minimal healthcare). Third, downshifters might miss their homes and their relatives. All in all, this philosophy is good for creative people who can easily bear these inconveniences, deal with dirty streets, and who don’t strive for good service.
3. Goods in Duty-Free shops cost more than in other stores.
Duty-Free goods are not completely free from taxes: they are simply not subject to some duties and VAT accepted in the country of the airport. The taxes for import as well as other excise taxes are still paid by the buyer.
Only 10% of the goods from Duty-Free are actually cheaper than in offline and online stores. This group includes harmful things like alcohol and tobacco. Perfume and luxury brands are also usually more expensive.