Biggest travel myths busted

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Talking about your travel plans and aspirations with others often generate so many opinions. In some cases, the advice given to you can be extremely useful while others are simply frivolous myths being passed around because they sound so believable. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares common travel myths you should never believe.

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Travel is so expensive

Many Nigerians have the perception that travel is very expensive. Thus they cannot afford to travel. This is not true. There are uncoutable destinations in the country to which you can visit without necessarily breaking the bank.

You should always travel light

It’s a lot better for the environment if you can travel light. However, if that’s not a big priority for you, then there’s really no need to overpack. Most international airlines will give you 20 or 23kg of luggage. Most bags have wheels and rarely need to be carried. If you aren’t going to be moving around a lot, just take whatever you need.

You can get by with English

In the main tourist hubs of most countries, there are tour guides who can communicate with you in English. However, in many parts of the world, once you get off the city and into the rural areas, you’ll find that English is not the lingua franca. To be on the safe side, learn a bit of the language of your destination.

Booking early or late saves you money

It varies depending on your desired destination, but a good method that works is to book your flight exactly six weeks before your travel date. Anything earlier than six weeks will get you starting prices from airlines before they feel the need to offer discounted fares to sell more seats. If you book any later, you’ll pay last-minute prices that will most likely be inflated.

Hotels are more expensive if you book directly

Sometimes online travel agencies will sell rooms at lower prices than those you can find from the hotel itself. So, ensure you use an OTA rather than booking directly at the hotel. It is not only convenient, it is also inexpensive.

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