I generally travel solo and have a pretty good idea of where I’ll be going and what I will be doing. However, my plans are never set in stone and I tend to be very flexible once I’m at my destination. I usually only know where I will be staying the first day and the last day of my trip. That may sound crazy but not having an itinerary completely planned out opens up a world of possibilities. One September I was trekking in the Spanish Pyrenees where I was stuck in a bad stretch of weather. Instead of staying room bound waiting out the weather, I made my way to Madrid via bus and train. The weather there was sunny and warm. Being an avid cyclist I knew the Vuelta a Espana cycling race was in progress throughout Spain. I was able to catch the last stage in Madrid. Standing near the finish line was very exciting. I was so glad I bailed out of the rain soaked mountains. If I had a rigid itinerary, like most travelers, I would have missed out on one of the top cycling events in Europe. Plus I got to explore Madrid and Segovia. When the weather cleared I returned to the Pyrenees.

Pyrenees

Here are a couple of stories on “Ditching Your Itinerary” from experienced travelers that may help you try a new way to travel.

“Itineraries – Why You Should Ditch Them on Your Next Trip” from iwandered.net.

“Ditch the Itinerary: How Spontaneous Travel Will Change Your Life” from Yahoo Travel Explorers.

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