Have you ever thrown a dart at a map to pick your next travel destination? Or decided to get on the next plane out of town, even if it is going to middle-of-nowhere Idaho? In theory, I have always wanted to do this, to live in the moment and go with the flow. How I would love to pack a bag in a hurry for an unplanned weekend getaway.
But part of the fun of travel for me is the planning. It extends the trip by months. I love researching restaurants, places to see, things to do, and did I mention restaurants? I love making itineraries to make the most of my time. I fear I will miss out on a place slightly off the beaten path if I don't at least do some planning before the trip.
But then, what adventures am I missing out on by picking a destination and roaming around, following the locals to the truly best hangouts? (you know, the ones not listed anywhere online. The ones you have to know someone who knows someone to find.)
So what about you? Are you a planner or a goer? Any tips on making the most of a spur of the moment vacation?