TBH……I was absolutely frightened to take my first international trip alone! I mean I have been dying to get my passport stamped even before I got a passport so I knew I had to board the plane sometime soon. That wasn’t even the hardest part for me, it was the million and one thoughts that I have seen on television, heard on the radio, or just made up in my mind. Below are the top 5 misconceptions that I have heard from people who have no interest in traveling.
1. They Don’t speak English!
I laugh at myself now even thinking about this because every country that I have been to, the people can speak English very well. In fact, I haven’t had any issues with being an American Foreigner in another country due to a language barrier! English is really popular and one of the main languages learned in many schools. Don’t be fooled by what you hear or see on T.V. Although I will say Koreans will “🙅🏽♂️🙅🏽” you out in a heartbeat if they don’t understand! Haha
2. Will I be in the next TAKEN movie?
One of my favorite movie series is Taken and in my mind, people really do pickup people from the airport. Like I was seriously worried about someone taking me out of the airport or a taxi driver not taking me to my destination because I had no idea where I was! I CLEARLY watched that movie too many times. All of my trips I have had some amazing taxi drivers and met awesome people at the airport as well. I mean don’t get me wrong, their are some cray cray people in this world however, you can’t let that stop you! It is definitely a must to be aware of your surroundings when traveling and if something doesn’t seem right of course don’t do it. Just don’t be so paranoid that you feel like everyone is watching you because you think they know you are American. Half the time, they are looking at you because you look different!
3. Am I really eating what it says?
Nowwww this one can be a little tricky, (lol). My first thoughts on my first travel journey was only eat things that you are use to or at a restaurant. (I mean I just thought restaurants would be clean). WRONGGGG! I have been to some ranky dank restaurants and they were far from clean. Now when I travel I’m like, let me find the FIRST street vendor that smells good! Plus I can watch them make it in front of me. Do I know what I’m eating half the time, not quite because I feel like I’m always told everything is chicken although it doesn’t taste like it but I haven’t died yet soooo I’m sure it’s okay!
4. What if I catch something?!
Not likely with precautions😶
I’m not going to lie, when I first got to Korea, covering your mouth while sneezing and coughing was nonexistent. So of course when I started hearing about Malaria, West Nile, Zika, and any Country that had people sick from a mosquito bite scared me! Before my first journey trip to Thailand, I practically read every article on people coming down with something I mean I was freaking out. I just knew when I went swimming with the elephants in that swamp and had 100 mosquito bites on my leg, I knew it was over for me! People!! I was just fine! You cannot stress over this. Put on your bug spray (A LOT), show those legs, and worry about having fun!
5. It’s the same things just different location!!
At first I thought the same thing, once you’ve been to one beach you’ve been to them all, once you’ve been to one temple you’ve been to many! BOYYYYY was I wrong! I mean from hotels, to the people, to the popular things to do everything is just different! Go out and enjoy the culture, go taste different foods, see the fashion, find the top things to do! Wherever you decide to go, there are TONS of things to get into and the good part is that you can always find a travel guide to help you! And heck, YOU’RE IN A NEW COUNTRY, GO EXPLORE!
Hope you enjoyed! ❤️