If you ever come across anyone that gives you any of the following “tips”, do as I do — turn the other direction and just walk away.
These are some examples of the absolute worst travel advice I’ve ever received.
1. Don’t worry about the money, just travel.
When I first started thinking about travel almost 3 years back, I got this advice from tons of people. Thankfully, I didn’t end up paying them any attention because that advice is just pure and utter B.S.
Most of us have things to pay for and it’s incredibly difficult to survive as a traveller without any money. Though, don’t get me wrong, it is possible to travel without money — monks do all the time. What I mean to say is that, for most of us, this advice just isn’t practical.
Unless you’ve got money popping out of your mouth every time you cough or vow to become monk, money will be a concern. Travelling doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive but it will almost always require you to spend your money.
2. Exchange your money at the airport or before you leave the country.
At the airport, exchanging currency is a sure fire way to get sub-par exchange rates in most cases. Don’t do it unless you’re on top of exchange rates and the place you’re changing money is genuinely giving you a good deal. In my experience though, this really has never happened.
Instead, use a credit or debit card with no foreign transaction fees while you’re in a foreign country when you can. Doing this instead of exchanging your money before you’ve even set foot into the country you’re visiting will ensure you get fair exchange rates.
3. Never travel alone.
Because of the content we consume from media outlets, a lot of us are [unnecessarily] afraid of the world. We often imagine things like getting mugged the moment we step outside of our vehicles or getting stabbed for saying “Hello” with the “wrong” tone of voice.
It might be silly but, truth of the matter is, many of us are damn well scared of EVERYTHING.
Most of the time, I hear this advice from people who’ve never actually even travelled [across borders] alone in their lives. For the most part, this “advice” is best left going “In one ear, out the other.”.
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4. Wait until you retire and have a pension.
Oddly enough, a lot of people say to travel once you’re retired. Most of the time, they’ll say it without even batting an eyelid. I don’t know what they imagine their retired lives will be like, but I sure as heck am not down to wait some 30-50 odd years for a pension that [looking at current job prospects] probably won’t end up being available for me.
Sure, it’s nice to have money coming in every so often to keep you alive and well but what’s to say that your pension will even come at all. If the company you’re working for goes bust, you might end up with nothing at all.
5. Travel is just a waste of time and money.
It does cost some money to travel but it isn’t a definite waste of it. When you travel, you learn a whole lot about new cultures and different ways of thinking.
Travelling offers many opportunities that you may otherwise miss out on if you don’t do it at all. If you do it just right, it’s really more of an investment towards your future than a complete waste of time and money.
What’s the worst travel advice you’ve ever received? Let me know in the comment section below.