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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 can get stuck to the airplane toilet seat?! I had a friend of a friend of a friend…” – But really, is there ANY hard evidence to support these claims? According to our research, the myths listed below are just that: MYTHS. Unfortunately, it happens all too often that the myth-believers find themselves disappointed when the promised $100 bill is missing from the bedside Holy Bible. So, take a peek and if you’ve got the evidence to debunk our myth bust, please feel free to set the record straight!

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  1. Sooz

    Very interesting experiment with the toilet paper. I had no idea.

    I do know if you make a long enough stream you can wrap a tree in the grandest way.
    We use to pilfer the stock room of my old work place (industrial size rolls), many moons ago, and have the TIME OF OUR LIVES!
    Election years were always fun because you could pilfer signs and add them as lawn decor.


  2. Sooz

    Those Aren’t Pillows! – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

  3. Po Pimp

    So true on the Duty Free myth. Dubai and Singapore DF usually have decent enough deals, but most others are rip offs. A Rolex Submariner in Bangkok DF runs about 3x the cost you can get it for at your local shop.

  4. kelkun

    From having traveled many times to places like Cuba (no Americans) and Dominican Republic (few Americans), the difference in the crowd is highly noticeable when you go somewhere like Mexico (many Americans). Very true, Americans are easily the loudest tourists. Usually in a fun way though. One bizarre trait I’ve come across with some American tourists is they think other people are impressed that they’re American. We’re not. No one is. We don’t care either way if you’re American or Austrian. If you’re cool, you’re cool. If you’re a knob, you’re a knob.

  5. Bozo on a bus

    The DF shops may have stuff you can’t get elsewhere, but be prepared to pay. And cruises definitely charge you for everything.

    Went shopping for cameras and electronics in Hong Kong (before it reverted to China) with my Chinese wife. I found I got better deals and better service if I went by myself. And despite their reputation for cheap prices it was still more expensive than NYC.

    My favorite myth is about France. I found the French (outside of Paris) warm, friendly, and engaging, completely contrary to what everyone claims.