Comments on: 25 Travel Myths That Cost You Time, Money and Peace of Mind http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/ Travel. Tech. Family. Fun. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:29:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: Charles Kosman http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-42006 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:21:31 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-42006 Nicolette, I think the problem is that it poses a security risk to the hotel since whoever finds the key could just walk in to the hotel and use the amenities and perhaps cause some damage. Most keys are only valid for a short time but even that is enough for someone to cause mischief. There’s also the hassle of cancelling and redoing the keys. Still, $100 does seem pretty excessive to me regardless.

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By: Nicolette Meyer http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-41965 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:23:33 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-41965 Re: destroying card keys. Most hotels these days will charge a hefty amount for lost keys. (I’ve seen signs saying $100 US for lost keys) How much does it cost for each key when they have so many at a time? Card keys only need to be re-programmed and old fashioned keys can be cut for a couple of pounds (GBP). They always have spare ones and a bunch of pass keys for staff.

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By: Chris http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-41860 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:15:37 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-41860 Keep the ‘non-verbal’ repertoire handy for places where little or no English is spoken, but why not take the trouble to learn a few basic phrases in the vernacular? My wife and I learnt Greek because we went there regularly on holiday and almost without exception, (even if they spoke English a bit), the locals loved us for TRYING to use THEIR language

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By: Charles Kosman http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-40719 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:11:17 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-40719 Hi Kenneth,

We’ve spent half a year at times south of the American border and have survived unscathed. Sure, there are dangerous areas in any country however we personally know more than a few people (alone or with their families) who have driven from Alaska to the tip of South America without any problems whatsoever. We even know a few people who have done a good portion of it on a bike!

As to Mexico being dangerous and the southern cartels, yes they exist however, for the most part, they aren’t interested in tourists. Also, some of the areas with the most unrest are near borders and the majority of the country is unaffected. For example I often felt more anxious for my parents who wintered down in Texas near the border than we ever did after months in deeper Mexico.

If you’re worried about driving south yourself, there are other options like with a large caravan of fellow travelers with the idea being safety in numbers. Judging from the amount of vehicles with Canadian and American license plates we’ve seen, it would seem lots of North Americans have survived with their life intact and continued to do so year after year.

You can check out sites like U.S. Passports and Visas for warnings and advisories on international travel as well as the Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts page.

As to driving down to South America, you might have a problem around Darien Gap but other than that it’s definitely doable. Just search Google for forums of travelers driving to South America for a lot of discussions as to areas to avoid and areas to see.

Good luck and safe travels!

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By: Kenneth Full http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-40707 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:52:30 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-40707 you mention, “You can travel to almost anywhere in Mexico or Jamaica and be safe.” That’s not what I heard. I see stories of Mexican cities that are like war zones everyday on tv. And I understand that the cartels rule the southern part of the country with an iron fist. Yes, most of these troublesome cities are border towns w/the US like Laredo & Ciudad Juarez and political & social reasons are why they are so crazy violent; but I imagine that if I tried to drive from the Texas border into Mexico, thru Mexico, and onto Guatemala, into Central America, and eventually South America that I wouldn’t make it past Mexico City with my life or having my car seized by crooked cops. I’ve often thought about driving down to Central America. Most Americans don’t even realize its entirely possible to drive to South America, but if I dared do it, I would not expect to ever see home again, especially in one peice. But if I had reasonable assurance that it would be safe to do so, I might actually consider doing it. I know to stay the heck out of El Salvador for fear of certain violence. Please advise.

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By: les thompson http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-40244 Wed, 25 May 2016 07:59:51 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-40244 We found that Canadian air fares are ridiculous…it was cheaper for us to train to USA, fly across USA, then taxi back into Canada.
Love your tips and found them to be true. ordering food in Japan and rural Singapore non-verbally was a wonderful experience.

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By: Aleksei http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-39049 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:47:45 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-39049 I was reading this post and nodding on every point!!!

Especially the one about how travelling long-term doesn’t need to be expensive – that’s the one I repeat to my friends almost every day.

All the others are right on point too.

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By: aksak http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-38189 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:07:17 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-38189 Like most travel these days, train ticket prices are subject to the laws of supply and demand. It’s always a good idea to check both train and flight prices.

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By: Imagineth http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-28075 Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:02:46 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-28075 Great tips! I absolutely agree with you!

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By: Adrienne S. @ AdrienneAway http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/travel-tips/25-travel-myths-that-cost-you-time-money-and-aggravation/#comment-25237 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:26:50 +0000 http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=3351#comment-25237 good list!

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