... The greatest explorers say that having no plan or a flexible plan that allows you to open your eyes to things you weren’t expecting to see is the best approach.
If you are planning on exploring an area you have never been to before this summer, you might be thinking that you need a strict itinerary. However, the greatest explorers say that having no plan or a flexible plan that allows you to open your eyes to things you weren’t expecting to see is the best approach. While you will need to have a list of places you would like to stop and fuel stations handy, let your passion take you to new adventures this summer.
Open Your Eyes to the Unexpected
If you don’t have a strict daily itinerary, you will be able to wander around and explore the things that surround you. Take pictures of the things that inspire you, have a picnic on the beach, and stop whenever you want to. Always make sure that you have enough gas to take you to the next station, but let your schedule to be flexible, so you can see more of the landscape and the road than other travelers.
Mix with People
If you don’t have a set schedule, you will have time to mix with people and talk to locals about the things worth checking out in the area. Have your lunch in the local pub instead of a tourist resort, and you will find out insider information and learn about the habits, legends, and traditions your guide book will not tell you about.
Take Your Home with You for More Freedom
It might be a good idea to take a camper van, caravan or RV with you on the road trip, so you don’t have to rely on hotels and motels, and can stay for longer at each place. However, before you go about buying a new caravan you should make sure there is enough space, and you can stay comfortable in it for days. Check out the tank capacity and fuel efficiency of the caravan, as well as the storage facilities and the size of the built in appliances.
Go Off the Beaten Path
The best holidays are the ones that will include experiences that you didn’t plan. Whether you are looking to see a remote village or explore a beach, hunt for historic ruins, let your imagination and your thirst for adventure take you to places that are less known to tourists. You can get closer to the local culture and traditions, and make new friends for life.
Don’t Go After the Guide Books
While guidebooks and online travel itineraries can help you find the places you would like to see, you shouldn’t rely on them too much. Instead of official guides, read blog posts from fellow travelers and expats, if you are going abroad, and be surprised to see things you never imagined to be there.
If you are ready for an adventure this summer, leave the strict itinerary to others, and stay flexible to see more of the area you are looking to explore. Stop when you want, move on to new places, and mix with locals to get insider tips on places you should see.
by Natalie Marie.
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