Are you Superstitious?
In honor of Friday the 13th today, I thought I would blog today about travel superstitions. Are you superstitious? Do you have a fear of flying on Friday the 13th? Superstitions abound, hence I will share some that are revolving around travel and how they affect people all over the world.
Setting Your Travel Dates
Superstition dictates you should choose your travel dates with care. It’s considered bad luck to start your journey on a Friday. Therefore, blaming it on the fact that the crucifixion of Jesus took place on a Friday, according to Christian lore. To make it worse, start your journey on Friday the 13th.
You should carry a lucky charm; therefore bringing good fortune when you’re on the road; such as a St. Christopher medal. This is traditionally associated with lucky travels. St. Christopher was once viewed as a martyr who carried the Christ child across the river on his back; hence St. Christopher was known as the Patron Saint of Travelers.
The number 13 finds its way into all kinds of travel superstitions, just as it plays a role in so many other superstitions in everyday life. It’s allegedly bad luck to stay on the 13th floor of a hotel or building. This should be easy to avoid, as so many hotels simply skip the 13th floor, preferring to go right from level 12 to 14.
Just like hotels, airports make this easy to do by largely skipping the number 13 when assigning gate or seat numbers. Heading overseas? Other countries have their own version of the unlucky 13 legends. In Asia, the number four is connected to death and bad luck, while Italians fear the number 17 and its own connection to death in their culture.
Rather than bring luck to your journey or ensure you make it home safely, some travel superstitions are designed to let you know that future travels are coming. Itchy feet are a sign that you will take a trip — this superstition being so well-known that the phrase “itchy feet” brings to mind a sense of wanderlust these days. Some more dated customs state that finding a ravel on your dress or spotting a spider running down its web are hints that travel is in your future. Wondering where you’ll go? Another superstition suggests that listening to the cry of a dove will offer clues.
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