The other day, out of curiosity, I searched the word ‘travel’ on Twitter. Little did I know, doing this would make me feel a little disheartened. The question “What would you do if you had more money?” came up a lot, and the most frequent answer was travel. If I’m being honest, I wanted to shout at all these people, YOU CAN TRAVEL!!! YOU DON’T NEED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS! 

So, here I am “shouting” at you about the most common misconceptions when it comes to travel:

“It’s expensive.” FALSE! It CAN be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many cheap options for food, accommodation, and even flights! You do have to do research and these deals may not always be easy to find, but they do exist! (If you’d like to see more blog posts about budget travel, comment below!)

“It’s not safe.” FALSE! Once again, it CAN be dangerous, but honestly, so can anything else. Don’t be stupid, and have some common sense when you’re traveling. Use the same precautions that you’d use in your hometown, if not more, and you’ll be fine.

“It’s too much work to plan/it takes too much time.” So, don’t plan anything! The best way to discover a new place is by walking around and seeing what you find! You might meet some locals or discover a “hidden gem”, whether that be a restaurant, street art, or just a beautiful sight! Planning does take time and it does take effort, but who says you need to? It’s nice to fly by the seat of your pants, once in awhile!

“Solo travel is lonely.” Wrong, again! You’re more likely to meet people on your solo travels, because being alone makes you more approachable. Also, chances are that there are group tours available somewhere in your chosen destination. Take advantage of those! Hostels are great for making friends, too!

If you’re feeling like you need more motivation, check out my blog post on why there should be No Excuses when it comes to travel!

What are some common myths about travel that you’ve come across? Were they true? Let me know in the comments!