Adventure comes with a certain amount of spontaneity. At least that is what is expected. But the only way to achieve that spontaneity is to let go a bit.
As I mentioned in my last post, not everything about your trip needs to be planned out. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Let the little things just happen and see how it falls into place. Even for the most type A of us, it’ll end up being a good thing. I promise.
Because you know what happens when you plan every little thing? You miss out. The crazy stories and the “what just happened” moments become fewer and farther between when you plan exactly where you will be, exactly what you will be doing every step of the way. The best stories come from just striking out, seeing what you find, letting things happen, maybe getting lost, and enjoying the crazy energy of letting go of the daily routine.
You’ll get immersed in the experience. Instead of becoming focused on keeping up with your schedule and stressed when things don’t go the way you planned, be open to the things that might not go as planned and embrace them as part of the journey. Sometimes it’s totally okay to be off schedule, to get lost for a bit and end up somewhere new. (As long as it’s never dangerous) It can be an eyeopening and beautiful thing.
You may in fact find things to do and see that end up being the highlight of the trip, that you didn’t have scheduled in the first place. Things you didn’t know existed until you were there. One of my favorite things about visiting a new place is to see the things not on the tourist list. Ask the locals, because they can give you great ideas of things to do that may not be on your radar.
I encourage you, if you are planning a trip, even with children, don’t plan it out to the last minute. Allow for some spontaneity. Allow for some exploring. After all, that’s what adventure is all about.