The world is full of well-meaning travelers and professionals dishing out travel tips and advice to would-be vacationers. But it’s not always useful.
In fact, I often hear less-than-helpful advice being passed on to Italy-bound travelers, advice I know will put a dent in their trip if they follow through with it. I hesitated to write this post because people pass on tips that are based on their experiences and they do so, I believe, to be honest and helpful to future travelers. The problem with that is their advice doesn’t always coincide with-oooh, how do I say this?-the law or even the norm for the country they visited.
It is also doesn’t take into account differences in personalities, travel preferences, money or time allowances and it assumes all travelers are the same.
photo credit: Alex Castellá
Some of the most reckless tips I’ve heard regarding traveling to Italy include:
– “Technically you are not supposed to fillintheblank, but I’ve never gotten caught doing it.”
– “I saw most of Italy in a couple of weeks, I think you can do everything on your list.”
– “You can go swimming in Calabria in November.”
– “Don’t waste your time in XYZ … there is nothing there but a crooked tower anyway.”
Spencer Spellman of Carolina Nomad said his worst advice was being told his group could easily walk to their hotel from the train station. After two miles, up hills and along bumpy sidewalks-with their luggage-he added this tip to the worst tip file.
Lisa from Wanderlust Women’s Travel Dreams said her worst advice came from a travel guide that sent her-along with a Russian couple-on a search through Rome for the Porta Portese market.
Other misdirected advice included:
– “Go to insertcityhere.”
– “Don’t go to insertcityhere.”
– “Just reading one guidebook (or travel site’s) advice, read: ads!”
What was the worst travel advice you ever received?
Until next time … Buon Viaggio!
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