Spur of the moment trips

Saturday, November 16, 2013 | Stamp in My Passport| |

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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?

5 comments:

The New Frontier: A New Future for our Music and Art Nonprofits said...

I can defiantly be both! I love to plan a vacation to every detail when I go, but once I get there it is sometimes nice to just take everything as it comes! I've always wanted to just pick a flight at a airport and go...

LittleMissConfused said...

I'm a bit of both. I always know where I'm going, but I never plan much. I just meet people and they take me places :D

I always prefered to feel the city than to have 1000 photos of churches.

Christy said...

I usually plan ahead (I agree with you, planning is half the fun!) but once in a while I love spur of the moment trips.

It's fun to wake up somewhere you weren't planning to be, & just exploring. xx

Natalie Joseph said...

I'm a planner but a very late one! I most recently planned my trip to Europe in under two weeks! I don't recommend that again but definitely an experience!
x Nats

Caitlyn Phipps said...

I love both! The planning of a trip is so so exciting, finding places to go, where to eat, and all of that!
But I also love hopping in the car and going on a mini-trip that is completely unplanned and spur of the moment!