13 common misconceptions travelers
13 common misconceptions travelers! There are many myths that are associated with certain countries of the world, but some of them are based on reality, and which do not fully correspond to reality? The British Daily Mail has collected and exposed a few typical misconceptions inherent in the beginning tourists: it is always good to know in advance anything about the place, which they hope to visit.
1. In the New York subway is not safe to ride at night
As the New York City subway ride at any time, hundreds of people, it is even safe enough at night. However, you should avoid certain streets, districts and subway stations that can be deserted. Places visited by tourists, however, are filled with people at any time of the day. If you go by bus, the driver will stop at the point of the route, which is considered safe.
2. Norway – a country of Arctic
As in Norway, you can see the northern lights, many tourists mistakenly believe that the whole country is located in the Arctic region. In fact, the only island of Svalbard are in it. Most of the most popular destinations are located in temperate climates and covered with greenery, especially in the summer.
3. In Australia, kangaroos roam the streets, and all live in the province
Although the films give the impression that all Australians living in remote places, in fact, 90% of the population – are urban residents. If you have never been to Australia, you may think that koalas and kangaroos here on every corner. In fact, the only place where a tourist is likely to meet one of the iconic animals – a zoo or a tour of the desert.
4. Only tourists visit the Spanish Steps in central Rome
It is often assumed that the tourist spots of the city are attracted only to foreigners, but after the end of tourist season, local also visit significant places. What is surprising is that the Parisians dine on the steps of Sacré Coeur or the inhabitants of Rome will buy ice cream at the Trevi Fountain?
5. Travel in Thailand is similar to the second part of the movie “The Hangover”
Of course, in big cities – such as Bangkok, you’ll find lots of fun and have the same consequences parties, as in the movie. But the majority of the Thai people, especially in rural areas consider themselves conservative. And if you decide to depart from the beaten path, you will be rewarded with beautiful waterfalls, beaches and lush greenery. It is a shame that much of this beautiful country remains unexplored by most tourists.
6. Women must wear the hijab while traveling in the Middle East
It really depends on where you are. For example, in Saudi Arabia – one of the most conservative Muslim countries – of women expect that they will almost always closed. Shawl will necessarily be required when visiting a mosque. But in Dubai and Morocco, you can quietly relax in a bikini in a hotel, simply cover shoulders and knees, and avoid tight fitting clothes when leaving the city. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that regardless of whether you have to wear a scarf, you should always respect the local culture and dress moderately conservative.
7. The Parisians are rude and unfriendly
The French, of course, does not deserve such a reputation. Finally, the unpleasant people can meet anywhere. Parisians usually quite friendly and help tourists, but first try to tell them a few words in French.
8. The Germans were the first to put towels on the beach plank bed
Contrary to the stereotype, it’s not the Germans, and British tourists usually take place on the sun loungers. Reserving sun loungers – this is one of the holiday etiquette violations that annoys most people, but the rest continue to do so. One British tour operator has conducted a survey and found out that the British had already surpassed the Germans in the Battle of the beds.
9. In Turkey, there is no conventional toilets
In these modern Turkish cities like Istanbul, it is practically impossible to find oriental outdoor toilet. Just look at the modern shopping malls, theaters, international airports and business districts, to be sure. Here you’ll find the usual European toilet.
10. The Egyptian pyramids are located in the middle of the desert
Photographs of the pyramid of Giza look like they are standing in the middle of the desert, but in fact they are quite close to the houses. Directly opposite the famous Sphinx is a cafe T.G.I. Fridays.
11. Buckingham Palace – is the official residence of the Queen
Tourists flock to London to see Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard ceremony. Despite the fact that the queen lives in luxurious quarters in the center of London, her official residence – is Windsor Castle in Berkshire. In addition, it is also the largest inhabited castle in the world.
12. The Great Wall of China – the only thing that man has created a structure that can be seen from space
Great Wall of China – the longest in the world, but it is, in fact, can not be seen from space. The discovery in 2003 made the Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei, who shed light on this error. Since then, schools had to cut this fact from the textbooks.
13. Toronto – Capital of Canada
Maybe Toronto and Canada’s largest city and its financial center, the capital of the country is in fact Ottawa is located in 450 kilometers to the northeast. Toronto is a center of the province of Ontario.