1. 12/13/2012

    Planning is fine so long as one is open to ALTERING the plan to take advantage of good opportunities – if you can’t bend, you probably won’t even see that there are alternate good opportunities

    • Sure, flexibility is the real takeaway. I’m still an advocate for minimal plans though. Why spend weeks researching, building up expectations, and itinerizing everything.

  2. 12/20/2012

    I think so of the best things in life are not planned. They surprise you and thrill you at the same time. Of course you do have to plan some things in life or you’ll never get to your goals. But little things are best left unplanned.

  3. 12/22/2012

    there’s a case for both sides, I feel, but my personal motto is “To hell with planning– it’s all about preparing!”

    I’ve found that having a good general knowledge of the country, customs, language, and highlights of a place + your individual niche / passion (for me, wineries and street art) is a great starting point.

    Making solid plans can diminish your ability to go with the flow, adjust to the “reality” of a place – how often are places completely different from how we imagine?- and move to where you really want to be.

    Of course, if one only has 2 weeks for a trip, it makes more sense to plan to get the most out of it… Thanks for initiating the debate, Ian!

  4. Lisa, Of course planning has its merits.

    Planning a family, planning a wedding, planning your goals around your financial situation. But I’m talking about planning travel.

    I agree the best parts are unplanned. Obviously. The point I was making was that you don’t have to know what you’re doing every hour of your holiday… just enjoy the time you have. I meet too many people who have a plan for every day of their trip, right down to bus tickets booked in advance.

    Thanks for your comment.

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