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Top five travel myths – don’t believe what you hear!

Published October 12th, 2012

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to travel. While some may be helpful, don’t believe everything you hear – particularly these five myths.

 

 Last minute flights are the cheapest

When it comes to flying, the early bird gets the worm, or ummm, flight. Booking a flight at the last minute and getting it for a bargain is about as likely as winning in Vegas. So if you’re not willing to bet all of your airfare money on black, book your tickets early. Early bird deals are your best bet. Pun intended.

 

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Bonus myth - Pickpockets do NOT look like this

You will be pickpocketed

Don’t listen to mum when she tries to scare you about losing all of her money when she backpacked around Europe. What would mums know anyway?! (lol jokes, love you mum!) That’s just her silly way of saying ‘please be careful darling.’ Classic mum. So yes, while you should be careful and keep an eye on your belongings at all times, don’t bother taping your wallet to your belly. It’s impractical and slightly painful to remove. Ouch!

 

Tours are inauthentic

You know when you meet those super pretentious travellers who harp on about their solo treks through the Andes and how they would never be caught dead on a tour because they are a 'traveller' not a 'tourist' - just smile and nod with the satisfaction that they are pompous wanks. Tours can be authentic, and can often be the best part about a holiday. So while your pretentious 'traveller' friend is proudly wandering around aimlessly, you can enjoy being taken to places and shown things you never would have found without a local guide in the know.

 

You must haggle

If you’ve been to a country where haggling is the norm, you’ll know all too well that the art of bargaining can be addictive. While as a traveller you never want to be ripped off, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to pay a little more to a trader who earns far less than you. By all means haggle but don’t take it too seriously. A few cents to you can mean a great deal to others.

 

Airport duty-free shops have great bargains

Planning to save big at the airport duty-free shops is a rookie mistake my friend. Sure, some alcohol deals are worth it, but in today’s world of online shopping, big bargains are rarely found at the airport. More often than not, you’ll find bigger discounts at your destination.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.