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Debunking Travel Myths: It’s Time You Stopped Believing These Lies

August 24, 2019
People have opinions about traveling, both good and bad. If you are having trouble sifting through the nonsense that clouds the beauty of travel, don’t worry. The Flyavel team has debunked some of the most common myths about travel to help you rest a bit easier—and maybe book that flight you’ve been eyeing.

Here are the top 5 travel myths solved.

Myth 1: You will receive vouchers or get rescheduled when your current flight is canceled.

Truth: In the past, some airlines used to give vouchers for a hotel and food on site if the flight was canceled due to some incident; however in a lot of the countries, there is no law requiring airlines or airports to do this. What an airline does for their customers should a flight be delayed or canceled is based entirely on the airline’s policies. Of course, every country operates differently, but you should never expect vouchers or rescheduling. Always check the policies before booking with the provider.
That being said, if your flight is within the EU, departs or arrives to EU from a non EU airport, or the airline company is based in the EU, you are somewhat protected by EU261 regulation and have the right to reimbursement, assistance and compensation. There's a caveat, though. Airlines can get out of providing compensation (they still have to reimburse you and assist you, though) if they are able to prove the cancellation was caused by extraordinary circumstances. If you're interested in EU261, how it protects you, when it applies, etc., we recommend you visit this site - it has everything you need to know in an easy to understand manner. 

Despite what laws and regulations the airline companies are bound to and how they try to avoid reimbursing you, we value our customers and are happy to help you. If you book a flight with us that has multiple segments with different airline companies en route to your destination and one of the flights is delayed or cancelled resulting in you missing your next flight, we will do whatever we can to help you reach your destination. Depending on your situation this means we could:
- provide you with a reasonable alternative transport to your destination free of charge,
- give you a full refund for the affected flight(s),
- provide you with an alternative where you cover a part of the total costs

In any case, if something like this happens, rest assured, we are on your side. 

Myth 2: The air on planes will make your sick.

Truth: While airplanes aren’t the cleanest thing around, the air is not going to be the reason you get sick. In fact, airlines spend a lot of money and time pumping fresh air in, filtering it, warming it, cycling it, and then forcing the used air out. While some air is recycled, airplanes are also crammed with HEPA filters. What really makes you sick would be the bathrooms, trays, and headrests, which aren’t wiped down frequently.

Myth 3: Trust local knowledge.

Truth: While many people think that the locals know everything about where they live, think for a moment. If someone was to ask you directions around your hometown, how accurate would the information you give them be? There are also language barrier issues. In short, if you want to learn a bit more about where you are going, read online guides, get smartphone apps, and have a few maps, on- and offline available to get around.

Myth 4: Travel is expensive.

Truth: At Flyavel, nothing upsets our team more than hearing people say traveling is expensive—because with sites that offer amazing deals, group offers, budget flights, and excursions, traveling is more affordable than ever before. Besides, the amount you spend is less dependent on the traveling itself and more on the economy of the location you are visiting. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then you can always choose a less luxury location and travel smarter, go for a shorter duration, and book a stay at a hostel instead of a hotel.

Myth 5: Traveling alone isn’t safe.

Truth: The safety of travel isn’t contingent on who you are with, it’s what you are doing and where you are going. Our #flyavelTeam members often travel solo, be it for pleasure or business and one of them even went round-the-world by himself. We regularly meet people from around the globe - both male and female - who are on months long solo journeys thousands and thousands of miles away from their home and never experienced any safety issues. So we think we know what we're talking about. 
Nowhere in the world is 100% safe, of course. Whether you go solo or sign up for traveling with a group, if you wish to stay safe, be sure you are headed for an area that doesn’t have any travel warnings and is known to be friendly towards tourists. As always, be aware, protect your belongings, and you’ll be fine. And always trust your intuition. If something feels weird or amiss, if you feel like you've taken a wrong turn and landed in a bad neighbourhood, if you feel like your taxi driver is driving in the opposite direction from your destination.. get out of there as quickly as you can. In case you feel slightly uneasy due to the looks you've been getting from an unknown person, pretend you're making a phone call (or even better - actually make it, your family or your friends will be happy to hear from you and you can tell them where you are, just in case) and it'll be enough to make you feel safe and to make that person leave you alone, however, if you do feel like you are in a potentially life threatening situation, do not hesitate to call the authorities. Always err on the side of caution.

The myths surrounding travel are many, but luckily, almost all of them are untrue! We at Flyavel hope that by debunking some of these nonsensical travel myths, you can make the next trip the best one you’ve had in a long while. Simply be prepared, open-minded, and do your research. With that, any vacation is possible.

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