Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#TTOT Round-Up: Travel Myths

Every Tuesday, it's Travel Talk on Twitter! Join either of the two sessions at 9:30am GMT and 9:30pm GMT to get in on all the fun travel talk! Just follow the #TTOT hashtag!

Here's the round-up of this week's #TTOT on "Travel Myths!" 

Q1 via : What is most widely believed (and incorrect!) travel myth?
  • : That traveling will have you check off items in your bucket list. It doesn't! The bucket list only grows longer
  • : That you have to stop traveling when you have kids. Sooo wrong
  • : That you can actually fully understand a foreign culture by living there a few months
  • : That female solo travel is a bad idea. Sick of arguing against that one
  • : Dress smart and ask nice and you will get a free airplane upgrade! Has that ever happened to anyone?
  • : Everywhere that's not your home is extremely dangerous & will give you diarrhea
  • Traveling is only for the rich! - WRONG. Travel makes you rich. Just a different kind of it
  • : That everyone speaks English, or if they don't, then it's not a place worth visiting
  • : That you need to wait for the right time to travel 
  • : That merely using a measly 1% reward credit card is getting you the best travel points
  • : That you might come back from Mexico with only one kidney
  • : That it's a small world. Anyone who believes that hasn't tried to see it all

Q2 via : What "Travel Myths" have been proven right, or wrong by your travels?
  • : True- Wanderlust is an incurable disease and can get worse over time
  • : That language barriers mean you have to act like an arm flapping shouty idiot when you really don't
  • : Myth proven wrong - Don't eat street food. If it's piping hot and cooked in front of you, go for it. It can be delicious
  • : I've never understood the 'French people are rude' stereotype. I've only ever encountered the most wonderful people in France
  • : That old people can't travel. I went white water rafting with a 78 year old couple in Nepal. They inspired me tremendously
  • : It's not you versus the world. Most people are going to go out of their way to help you
  • : That the world hates American travelers, especially in Europe - proved VERY false

Q3 via : If you could invent a travel myth to attract people to your fave place what would it be?
  • : Public transport in London is like clockwork, never crowded and smells of lavender
  • : That the fossils of the Jurassic coast come to life at night
  • : You can get a "citizen of the world" passport only in Gdynia, Poland
  • : In Antarctica, the snow tastes like whip cream
  • : Free leprechaun with every pint of Guinness in Dublin
  • : No McDonald's in Ghana (not true but it kinda makes you wanna go there, huh?)
  • : Why attract them? "The mountains of Corsica are home to the dread black rock-dragons, who are known to eat hikers alive."

Q4 via : What's the weirdest travel myth you've heard?
  • : That it's perfectly okay to act like a nitwit because you're on holiday and you'll never see these people again
  • : That you can't move in Australia without coming in contact with a deadly spider
  • : That ALL unusual food tastes like chicken
  • : That I'd be constantly offered a dowry for my wife in Egypt. It was NOT a myth
  • : That you'll catch malaria EVERYWHERE
  • : If you buy something in Africa, they'll know u have money and get you later and even take back their goods
  • : That British food is bad and that the French are rude - NEITHER is true

Q5 via : What Travel Myths do you actually wish were true?
  • : That travel writers have a cool job and they make helluva lot of money
  • : Every cabbie is a nice person and isn't trying to rip you off in ANY country
  • : I like to believe that Nessie is real and can be summoned if one tries hard enough
  • : That you can live in a hobbit house in New Zealand
  • : That flying low cost is convenient, enjoyable and actually much cheaper
  • : That every hotel was exactly as sumptuous, convenient and welcoming as it appears on its website
  • : That Ryanair flights will actually take you remotely close to the city you think you're going to land in
  • : I wish the myth that booze helps my fear of flying were true. I also wish more Italian men had pinched my bum

And there you have it, "Travel Myths!"    

Next week's #TTOT topic is: "Sleeping in Unusual Places!" Submit your questions HERE!

See you next Tuesday 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT for the next #TTOT!

As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, , , , , , and !

Have YOU got anything to add to the "Travel Myths" discussion? 

© Connie Hum 2012

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