When time is on my side, I just book the flight and the first night's accommodation. Then, let the Universe take you where it will
It's definitely the best way because you are not bound by anything and open to whatever or whoever comes your way then. Thinking about all the 'what-ifs' of travelling can be the daunting part. Once you are doing it, things just follow their natural course and everything happens without you having to try too hard.