Travel literacy falls into two broad categories: understanding how the travel industry works with its often arcane rules and restrictions; and being aware of other cultures and customs.
A vast majority of misunderstandings with airlines, hotels and cruise lines end with travellers admitting they failed to review the terms of their purchase. That’s how they ended up with, say, a non-refundable hotel room or a restrictive timeshare.
The more you travel, the more you understand how the system works.
People who claim they can teach you the ins and outs of the travel industry, and make you more travel-literate with a simple course are probably exaggerating - there’s nothing like being there.
So let’s talk about the second part of travel literacy, which is looking more like a citizen of the world than someone who’s never crossed a county line. Read a book - the right travel book can educate, inspire and enlighten.e.