10/22/2012 02:05 EDT | Updated 10/22/2012 02:06 EDT

Travel Myths: Rule 240, Montezuma's Revenge And Falsities Debunked (INFOGRAPHIC)


Anyone who's visited Greece knows the country is rich with legends, but the popular Mediterranean destination isn't the only place to contain its fair share of myths. Whether talking about the sea, land, or air, there's no shortage of hearsay suggesting that prospective globe-trotters "do this" "pack that" or "don't go there."

In an effort to set the record straight, the people at Venere, an online hotel reservations website, have released an infographic addressing some of the more common travel myths.

From the fabled Rule 240 (an agreement that once promised airlines would compensate travellers who had their planes delayed or cancelled), to the urban legend of cellphones causing plane crashes, the infographic below also explains where these rumours came from.

Take the myth regarding the all-knowing hotel key card, for example. It was once suggested that losing your hotel key card would mean the same hassle and potential danger as losing your wallet, since people believed the cards stored personal information about the guest, their travel stay and their financial information.

It turns out that started as a chain reaction after a detective saw a fraud presentation and suggested that criminals could lift personal data off hotel keys. The officer then sent an email to her colleagues — which in turn spread across the web. Days later, the police department issued a retraction, quashing the rumour and explaining the one incident of hotels storing personal information on keys was an isolated incident that was several years old.

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