What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?
I abhor rigidity when it concerns travel planning. The only two “planned” items on my travel itinerary are the arrival and departure dates. However, I do believe a certain level of preparation (i.e. emergency strategy) is necessary before embarking on globetrotting adventures, sans guidebook, map or translator.
There’s a level of excitement one feels when strict, absolute planning is left by the wayside. Spontaneity allows me to drop “tunnel vision”; to break bread with the locals, partake in activities and immerse myself in the culture; expect surprises and build lasting memories.
My personal prerequisites for an enjoyable and memorable trip: flexibility, an open mind, discernment and a valid passport (if traveling overseas).