Every country has different rituals and beliefs when it comes to traveling, and there are many travellers who carry their beliefs together with their luggage. Many of these beliefs keeps us wary and careful, and thus are for our own good. But, sometimes, they can also spoil the fun of traveling. When we travel, we should get rid of these “spoiler” beliefs and simply enjoy the place we’re visiting.
It is frightening going outside Singapore and even we have sets of travel beliefs but as mentioned earlier, we have to let go and enjoy the places we will visit. Here are crazy travel beliefs around the world:
Despite their modernity and innovativeness, Americans have different travel beliefs. The most common one is the number thirteen and what it can do. The unlucky number thirteen became so famous because of scary movies and tales. Many people still consider it bad luck so there are many hotels and buildings without a 13th floor. According to a Gallup Poll, 13% (ironically enough) of their respondents said they would be concerned if they were assigned to the 13th floor.
Nepal faced challenges because their airplanes had series of mechanical problems. Truth is, they believe that it is a sign of bad luck so the Nepal Airlines actually sacrificed 2 goats so that mechanical problems will be solved. In addition to a goat sacrifice, the airline company surrendered farm animals to the Hindu sky God Akash Bhairab.
If it is number thirteen for Americans, it is number four for Chinese. The next time you get on a Chinese airplane, notice that there is no row 4. This is because in the Chinese language the number four sounds similar to word for death. No one wants to seat in the “death row” so number four is often not included in numbering rows.
If you are in Ireland, you have to know that every St. Martin’s Day, no wheel should be turned. Every November 11, Irish people celebrate the life and works of St. Martin – a month and patron of the poor. The story goes like this: St. Martin was thrown in stream and got killed by a wheel. This is the exact reason why you have to avoid wheels during November 11.
Italians do not like the number 17. For them, it is the unluckiest number. The reason is that when Roman numeral number 17 is translated, it means “I have lived”. This will lead many people to believe that you are ready to die and inviting death. Hence, Italians do not start their trip on the seventeenth.
In Ukraine, before embarking on travel, people sit together in silence. This custom is good since it can avoid anxiety. Ukrainians believe that anxieties and all other negative feelings should not be taken along with the trip.
Performers in Norway use the phrase “Tvi Tvi” which is one way to say “good luck” before the show begins. Technically, “Tvi Tvi” refers to a curse but this is a gift for others. They believe that when evil spirits try to approach the person, they will think twice since they are already cursed. This is actually good news for the people.
These beliefs are of course not true. It will only be true if you think that it is.