Here are just some of the great travel myths that we have come across and please do let us know your own personal travel myths.
1. Book Early and Save Money – It’s a popular myth that the earlier you book the more money you can save. Sure there are always early booking discounts offered but if you’re not too picky about where you want to go/stay then there are some great last minute bargains to be had.
2. All Airlines Are Created Equally – When booking a flight do weigh up all the options, especially for extra charges for meals and baggage etc. Check what the airlines policy is and what’s included and compare airline facilities that may concern you, ie seat pitch, entertainment etc .
3. Weekday Flights Are Cheaper – Flying midweek at a ridiculous time is not necessarily the cheapest option. Do shop around as very often the more convenient weekend flights are available and often for either the same price or slightly more.
4. Hotel Ratings Are A Good Guide – Hotel ratings and comments can be hit and miss, so make sure you do some other research; ask friends and colleagues and ask your local tour operator who should be impartial.
5. Honeymooning Upgrades – Many hotels and travel agents sell ‘special’ packages if you’re booking a special holiday, ie a honeymoon, birthday, wedding etc. Check what you will actually get for your money as the special package may amount to nothing more than a bottle of sparkling wine and some dried-up sponge cake! You could always tell your airline and hotel after you have booked and try for some complimentary upgrades.
It worked for me! I booked a vegetarian meal on a flight into Sri Lanka and when I arrived at the hotel the rep made a point of telling the chef I was vegetarian. He then cooked me special meals all week – I had my own personal chef! The worst thing was that I am not actually a vegetarian, I just wanted to eat healthily on the flight, so no Sri Lankan BBQ chicken for me!
6. Low Prices Means Lowest Price – An offer of a lowest price guarantee does not necessarily mean that the price is the absolute lowest you will find. Do your homework!
7. Packages Are Better - As a general rule going direct and booking the holiday components separately is a more cost effective option. Yes it may mean a little more work but you’ll cut out the costs of the agents and you will get the holiday you want rather than be shepherded along on an organised rigid tour. Don’t be a sheep – follow the PureTravel mantra and go direct and save money!
8. Duty Free Is Cheap – This is a huge myth and most of the time duty free items at the airport are not cheaper than the high street or internet. The duty free shops are good for killing some time and checking out the latest fragrances and browsing books but typically that high-end chocolate box and CD will be cheaper elsewhere. The stores can be handy though if you have forgotten that last minute gift so you’re not in the dog-house!