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What about travelling with no plans

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1. Posted by George (Full Member 40 posts) 11y

I've been in contact with a couple named Kinga, and Chopin who are from Poland who hitch hiked around the world, over 3 years, who's modo was not to plan anything, simply to live in the moment where ever they might be at the time. I just thought I'd ask you guys what you're thoughts were about this style of country roaming. Isn't that everybody's dream while travelling anyway. To have that little bit of uncertainty about where they'll be the next day, and not so boxed in with plans plans and more plans. Well, I hope to hear from all of you,
Cheers, from a 20 years old guy from Washington State named
Alex

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Travelling with NO plans is probably a little much for me. I like to have at least a rough idea of where I am going. There are a couple of reasons for this in me:

  • I don't like to miss anything. I like to have an idea where I am going so I know what to see. Without any plans, I would probably cruise right by something really interesting, and when I heard about it later I would be kicking myself that I didn't see it when I was there.

  • I find the planning of travel very stressful - booking tickets and arranging hotels and the like. Therefore, the less time I have to spend actually doing that, the better I am able to enjoy my time away from home.

Now, I don't plan my trips to the second either. I've tried that, and I just come home feeling more tired than when I left. If I wanted to live by a watch, I would have stayed at work and reacted to the appointments popping up on my outlook calendar.

For me, the best way to travel is a balance. You have a general idea of where you are going and what you want to see. You have an idea within a few days or so of where you are going next. But you aren't so married to the schedule that there isn't time for spontenaity or for the road to surprise you.

3. Posted by julieoz (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

i think that some things need to be planned but planning should be very rough and you shouldn't say well at this time on this day we will do that etc etc

its a good idea to just see what happens, you might meet some travellers who are going to be doing something you had never thought of and give it a try! who knows!

have a bit of plans, but be open to changes!

Julie

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Sometimes a certain amountg of travelling is neccessary, but i much prefer making it up as i go along. I've been to allsorts of random places i'd never go otherwise simply because i've seen the name of a place on the front of a bus and thought, "heck, why not?!". Or turned up a station and got the first train anywhere and such like. Great fun, but not to everybody's taste's/styles i must admit, and it has got me into the odd spot of trouble in the past.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I tried the not-planning thing for a few days in Paris, but decided I'd see more, and waste less time (back and forth on transportation), if I at least made a flexible plan. That worked out better - many unexpected and interesting things turned up anyway, and I went with those when I felt like it. It also gave me the sense that I was seeing everything I wanted to see. But, then again, I make list of what to pack weeks in advance, so planning is definitely for me...

I read in one travel book that you end up spending a lot more if you don't at least plan a little. That might be the deal-breaking decision for you...

6. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

I like to plan my trips, it safes me a lot of time, money and energy.

Although sometimes I change them, because you meet people who tell u not to go to places u wanted to see and they recommend u other things to do...

but it's right, if u have an idea what to do, u won't miss things, but it also happened to me, that I didn't hear about great places and then found myself there...

I guess it's up to you...

I'm a very organised person, maybe that's why I like to plan my trips. But I always give myself a few days inbetween to do what I feel like...

Kathi