Travel, in general, takes a lot of planning. Usually months of planning. There’s the initial idea, the clearing of schedules, the clearing of vacation days with a boss. Then there’s booking the flight and hotel, deciding whether or not to rent a car, and remembering to buy bed bug-resistant sheets. (A necessity!)
There’s travel books bought, research done, phrasebooks casually memorized. There’s days of packing, weighing suitcases, remembering confirmation numbers and passports, IDs and 3 oz. bottles of shampoo. All of that is wonderful.
But spontaneous travel is better.
Spontaneous travel is the kind you do without much notice, maybe just a couple weeks at best. You’ve decided you want to go somewhere, usually in your country, and you and your travel companions are determined. You cobble everything together in record time and leave, and it’s the best feeling to be able to get away for a short trip and make it back for work on Monday morning. Spontaneous travel makes you feel sort of invincible.
Spontaneous travel gives you something to look forward to
When you’re faced with the end of the summer season and the return of cold weather, it’s common to feel a little premature seasonal depression. Gone are the days of barbecues, trips to the beach, festivals, concerts and rooftop drinks. Your weekend plans suffer from the cold weather, and you’re faced with the idea of some boring months ahead.
The solution? Take a weekend and travel somewhere new, somewhere local or somewhere that’s only a short flight away. Spontaneous travel perks up your spirits and gives you something to look forward to after the dog days have ended.
It’ll remind you to remain adventurous
Sure, we all have jobs and friends and responsibilities, but there are always a million reasons not to do something, whether it’s money or time. Agreeing to a spontaneous, unplanned trip will remind you to embrace that inner child you’ve got buried somewhere in there, reminding you that you’d love to do this if you weren’t so focused on the reasons why you can’t do something.
Instead, focus on the positive. You’ll be visiting a new place, experience new things, meet new people, and come back home a little happier and more fulfilled. If not now, then when?
You’ll realize it’s not that difficult
Travel can be really stressful, what with organizing flights, taxis to the airport, packing for days, dealing with airport security, and if you have kids, doing all of that several times over and managing children on a flight — no easy task.
But often, these things are more difficult to manage because we think they will be. If we go into this spontaneous trip with the right mindset, that it’ll all work out fine, then we’ll instantly relax and let the vacation work its magic over our frontal lobe.
You’ll get the travel bug
Nothing is more exciting than traveling, and when you do it a lot, you become addicted. That’s a very good thing, because few things broaden your horizons and teach you about humanity and life than travel does. It’s important to learn how other people live, learn their customs, be open-minded to their ways of life, and see the world. It has so much to offer.
Once you start taking spontaneous trips and loving it, you’ll only do it more and more.
Even if you spend more money than you’re comfortable with because of those last-minute rates, when you’re older, you won’t regret the extra couple hundred dollars you splurged. You’ll remember that you’ve never seen New Orleans, or Big Sur, or the Grand Canyon. That old cliche about regretting the things you didn’t do is applicable in this case! The memories you make from taking spontaneous trips and never looking back will last you a lifetime.