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With the holidays around the corner, peak travel season is on its way as well. For those of you already on vacation and for those who are planning one, here are some common myths that may have been true once, but today they are a thing of the past!
1. The earlier you buy a plane ticket the cheaper it will be
Many think that buying airline tickets months before the planned vacation guarantees them cheaper tickers, but that hasn’t been the case for years, and prices usually rise and fall based on busy periods and ahead of special events. Last-minute deals will probably be much cheaper than tickets purchased months ahead of time.
2. The air in the plane is “recycled” and transmits bacteria and disease
The air on the plane is very dry, but it doesn’t transmit diseases, although it may seem like a sealed box that keeps all the bacteria inside. Airlines invest considerable money and energy in pumping air out of the airplane, filtering it and heating it to ventilate the inside of the aircraft. Some of the air is indeed “recycled” but it passes through a special system that kills the bacteria.
3. If you arrive early, you won’t stand in line
As you travel through crowded places, you have to understand that you’ll almost always have to stand in line. The secret to skipping these lines is going places on off-peak times, like at the end of the day or at noon when the sun is at its hottest, that’s when the queues will be a little shorter.
4. The locals know best
If you tend to rely on locals when it comes to tourist advice, ask yourself when was last time you visited a hotel in your hometown. Many locals don’t know which hotels are recommended or where you can find cheaper attractions. In fact, if a local helps you, they’re probably in the tourist industry and are looking to make money off of you, making their advice questionable. It’s better to ask other travelers or do your research online. The only thing to ask locals is where the best restaurants are.
5. Don’t eat from street stalls
Many tourists prefer to sit in a restaurant than eat from a street stall. If you choose to go to a restaurant for the atmosphere (or the air conditioner) that’s fine, but if you’re afraid of food poisoning, your better off eating from street stalls. Unlike a restaurant where you have no idea what’s going on inside the kitchen, on the street you can see exactly how your food is being handled, how clean the dishes are and whether the seller is using gloves.