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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Busting the Biggest Travel Myths

Planes, Trains and Automobiles.: BUSTING Travel Myths THE BIGGEST• We've all heard myths and urban legends about Big Foot, tested illogical home remedies like using hot water to make ice cubes faster, and have made conservative choices on Friday the 13th, but how many of us have missed out on a travel adventure due to the fear caused by a few travel rumors? Here are some of the biggest urban legends in travel and the facts that debunk them. Myth AMERICANS: Tourist Enemy Number 1 Are Americans really the world's worst tourists? FALSE: American's rank 9th best out of 27 nationalities, according to an annual survey of hotel managers by Expedia 1st Place: Japanese Tourists 27th Place: French Tourists Side note: Americans were ranked the loudest, but also the biggest tippers Myth FALSE: While water, soda, and meals in the dining hall and CRUISES: buffets are paid for, everything else including alcohol, Your Money is No Good Once You Step Onboard alternative dining, internet access and more. The average cruise traveler spends 50% more than the base fare on additional amenities Myth RULE 240 Money Back If your flight is delayed, the urban legend states that Rule 240 requires the airline to compensate you. FALSE. kind of: Rule 240 did at one time exist. It was created by the Civil Aeronautics Board. With deregulation though, Rule 240 has been expunged. Myth FALSE: At least 25% of bottled water is simply tap water. So if you are weary of Montezuma's Revenge Bottled Water is your New BFF while abroad, know that there's a 25% chance the brand you buy will simply be local tap water anyway. Myth Your Hotel Key Card Knows More About you Than You Do! Do hotel key cards contain personal information about you, your money and your stay? FALSE: This rumor was started by Detective Sergeant Kathryn Jorge of the Pasadena Police. She saw a presentation about fraud techniques indicating Spa: 4:30-6:00 Mon $$ 3/17/1962 this as a possibility, and sent an alarming email in response. The police department had to retract the statements of D.S. Jorge to quell fears. 362-625-1157 Myth There's HOLY BIBLE MONΕΥ in that Bible FALSE. for now: There are no reports of this kind of generosity to date, but people keep looking for that crisp $100 tucked into their hotel Bible. 100 Myth That Phone Call will CRASH THE PLANE FALSE. kind of: Side note: There is potential for a cell phone call to interfere with the The restriction from the use of other plane's navigation equipment, but the risk is very small electronic equipment has nothing to do with the plane's navigation at all. It's due to a fear of that equipment Myth becoming projectiles in an emergency. Don't Flush while You're Sitting or You'll Get Stuck to the Seat FALSE: Flushing while doing your business in an airplane toilet, won't lead to your rear getting sucked down into Side note: the seat... unless you sit in a way an experiment by flight that makes a perfect seal attendants, found that a whole roll of toilet paper can be sucked through the toilet's vacuum, even when stretched from the toilet to the flight deck Myth It's Your Honeymoon, You Deserve an Upgrade $10 FALSE: While some hotels might be generous after you book, if you are expecting to score big savings with a honeymoon package, think again. Most honeymoon packages cost the same as a normal stay, but include $5 of rose petals and a $10 bottle of champagne. Myth $$$ DUTY FREE 10 $$ · Le Shoppé · Duty Free IS Almost Free! FALSE: Duty Free (free of local taxes)stores are usually more expensive than buying online or around town. SOURCES: http://guides.travel.msn.com/Guides/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1083446&page=3 http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/whats-the-deal/rule-240-and-other-travel-myths http://www.puretravel.com/blog/2009/05/22/top-8-travel-myths-exposed/ http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/01/12/travel-myths-debunked/ venere.comf book hotels, B&Bs and apartments $$ $$ $$

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Busting the Biggest Travel Myths

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We've all heard 'em: "Don't lose your hotel room key card...all of your personal information is on there..." and "Everybody knows hotels give newlyweds free upgrades..." and even "Didn't you know you ...

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