The five biggest travel myths busted

We quash some of the most common traveling myths around and reveal the truth behind them

There are so many myths around travel - both when you're looking at it from a business and pleasure point of view - but it would seem not everything you're told is true.

We reveal the truth behind some of the most convincing travel myths of all time.

English is widely spoken abroad

Although English is the most spoken language around the world, especially in business, you may be surprised to find that actually not everyone can speak it.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

If you're heading to Asian country in Asia, particular, it's wise to learn the basics so you can find your way around and be able to communicate effectively in the case of an emergency. Plus, it's polite to speak the local lingo and shows you have a genuine interest in the country's culture.

Exchange rates are better at home than abroad

More often than not, the exchange rates in the UK are worse than they are at your destination. This is because foreign exchanges on home turf charge commission on each transaction and also give you a worse exchange rate in order to make a profit.

Don't be misled by commission-free deals either. Often these exchange outlets have the worst rates. In many cases, the cheapest way to get foreign currency is actually using your card at an ATM in your destination country, because your bank will give you the best rate. What's more, even if there's a fee, it's most likely to be lower than a currency exchange charge. 

Jet lag is caused by no sleep

Many people think jet lag is caused by lack of sleep and the exhaustion of travelling. However, it is actually caused by your body clock adjusting to timezones.

Advertisement - Article continues below

For example, if you're taking a long haul flight, where the time difference is more than a couple of hours, you can, essentially, lose 12 hours of your day. Your body thinks it's night, but it's actually the daytime or vice versa and this can disrupt your sleep pattern.

The best way to overcome jet lag is to live by the time in the country you're in, resisting sleep even if you feel you need it. Even if you hit the sack an hour or two earlier than usual, your body clock will adjust much quicker. If you're struggling to sleep at night, take a herbal sleeping tablet to help your body rest.

Using your phone in the air will make the plane crash

Let's get this straight: One person using their phone on an aeroplane will not make the plane crash. Furthermore, a passenger using a mobile phone has never caused a plane to plummet to earth or even equipment to malfunction.

Advertisement - Article continues below

In fact, some planes allow you to use your phone onboard, despite charging colossal prices for the service. The reason you are told to turn off your phone during takeoff and landing is because it could interfere with navigation equipment, although not enough studies have been carried out to legitimise this.

You shouldn't drink tap water in foreign countries

Advertisement - Article continues below

In most developed countries around Europe, the US, Australia and some parts of Asia, tap water is fine to drink. You may find it tastes odd compared to water in the UK and this might put you off, but different countries add and remove composites that changes the end taste. 

However, it's still perfectly safe to drink and will seldom make you ill. If in doubt, purchase a filter bottle to remove any impurities and improve the flavour.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now

Most Popular

operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Data protection fines hit £100m during first 18 months of GDPR

20 Jan 2020