Everybody becomes superstitious whenever Friday the 13th comes around, although there are no scientific proofs or good explanations as to why this day is considered very unlucky, everyone just seems to be more careful with everything they do when this day comes. In this article we are going to talk about some Travel Superstitions and get to know why they are considered lucky or unlucky.
Triskaidekaphobia is known as the fear of the number 13. The explanation for considering number 13 as unlucky came from religious history; during the last supper there were 13 people who sat with Jesus, and the 13th to take his place was Judas, who later betrayed his teacher in exchange of thirty silver coins. Because of this there are hotels that skip the 13th floor and go straight to the 14th, after the 12th. Some airlines like Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, AirFrance and KLM flights have no row 13. Although there are parts of the world, like Italy, who consider 13 as a lucky number in some contexts.
DON’T TRAVEL ON A FRIDAY
Among sailors, it is considered as bad luck to set sail on a Friday, although many Western countries extend this belief on all kinds of travels. The superstition comes from the religious belief that Jesus Christ died on the cross on Friday. In relation to travel, a lot of airlines have noticed that there is a notable decrease on passenger traffic on the 13th of the month, especially if it happens to be a Friday the 13th. Many well-known personalities like Napoleon and Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt refused to sign important documents or travel on Friday the 13th.
DO NOT WHISTLE IN THE FOREST
Elderly Filipinos believe that you should never whistle when passing by forests or other places with thick trees. They believe that whistling will allow one of the evil spirits to imitate you, and if it does, one of your companions might die.
Another Filipino belief is that when you go out at night with your friends, there should be an even number in the group, if it’s odds, one of you will be taken by evil spirits to make the numbers even.
SIT ON YOUR LUGGAGE
Sitting on your luggage before going onto a ship or plane will bring luck in all of your destinations. This belief originated in Russia, although there is no clear explanation as to why a person must sit on his/her luggage for good luck.
RETURN TO ROME
There is a myth that you will be able to return to Rome if you toss a coin into the Fontana di Trevi. Allegedly, throwing two coins will mean that you’ll find love in Rome and three coins in will mean that you’ll be able to marry a Roman. No one knows how this myth came to be but a lot of visitors in the area would throw a coin into the famous fountain. The money collected from the fountain is used for feeding and caring the city’s homeless.
In this modern age, there are only a few individuals who still believe and follow certain superstitions in order to have a good life. My opinion on this matter is that, whether you believe these superstitions or not, it is very important to respect the belief of others in order to avoid conflict. If the superstitions somehow makes sense to you, there no harm in trying to follow them, after all, prevention is better than cure. Whenever you travel and wherever you go it is always good to take necessary precautions in order to avoid having problems on your journey.