“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
Murphy insists that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
He hasn’t been proven wrong yet. If you are banking on arriving at the airport at the last minute, you will definitely miss your flight. If you save $2000 for a $1900 trip, the money won’t be enough.
We live in a world that craves perfection through planning. But can you actually plan a perfect trip and enjoy it more than you would if you were just a free wandering spirit?
People seem to think that ironing out every detail in their plan will lead to a smoother and more enjoyable trip.
You’ll be surprised to learn that not giving much thought to a plan can lead to you enjoying your trip even more. A fixed plan forces you to have so many fixed variables. When you design your trip around so many variables that you have no control over, you set yourself up for many disappointments. On the other, when your plan is wide open and anything within reason goes, nothing really can go wrong and nothing goes wrong.
Actually, your trip really doesn’t have to unfold a certain way. It is all in your head. When you go on a safari in Africa for instance, you are going on an adventure. Itineraries change as you discover more interesting places to view animals. To stick to a safari itinerary just because you had planned it so is counterproductive.
Travel is an experience and I think you should let the whole occasion unfold before you as though it were a morning glory welcoming daybreak.
I totally agree that embarking on a journey headfirst without planning some things out is unwise. What you should do, however, is to think of the process as preparation rather than planning. When you are prepared, no matter the occasion, you’ll perform well.
You don’t want to be unprepared. You also don’t want to be inflexible. So put together a general structure for your trip. The paradox is that not planning at all can lead to stress as indecision on what to do begins to weigh you down. Having some kind of structure will help avoid stress.
There are several things that you should know. Precise timings such as when your bus arrives and departs or when gates to attractions close should be paid attention to when drawing a general structure of your trip.
You also need to know what the weather will be like and what the hosts’ culture deems as acceptable behavior.
The whole point of this is freeing your mind so you are able to enjoy the present moment. When you are at a given attraction, you don’t want to be worried that you are overspending time at the place and that you’ll miss out on something else that you had previously planned to do.
It’s not so much the number of attractions you get to visit but the quality of your experience
The beauty of not having a rigid plan is that you can change your mind whenever you want. If you don’t like a place that you thought you would enjoy hanging around at, you can bounce off to the next attraction without a thought.