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How To Be More Spontaneous While Travelling

29 November, 2021

Have you ever gotten a bit carried away with planning a trip so you have no time for anything impromptu? What would it be like if you were to hop on a plane with no expectations of what you’ll experience on the other side?

I’ll be honest, spontaneous travelling doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s not that I go meticulously planning things hour for hour, I just like to have at least a vague plan of what I’m going to see and do when I’m going somewhere. I don’t want to feel like I’m ‘wasting time’ by walking around aimlessly. Do you ever get that?

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to tick off all the things you wanted to see and do at a destination. You just don’t want to get so attached to how you imagined your trip to be that you can’t enjoy it for what it is.

There’s so much joy to be had in spontaneity. It opens you up to more possibilities, eliminates expectations and can be liberating. You don’t get disappointed when things don’t go to ”plan” because, well… you don’t have one! Research has also suggested that being spontaneous sparks creativity and enhances our emotional intelligence and intuition.

Don’t confuse spontaneity with being impractical. For example, you should research what your destination’s climate is like so you don’t turn up somewhere cold when all you’ve packed is shorts and a t-shirt. I’d recommend reading one of my previous posts on practical things to research about your destination here. What I mean by spontaneous travel is allowing yourself to roam freely, go and do what you want to do at that moment and not restrict yourself with a schedule.

If you want to want to adopt a spontaneous attitude on your next trip, keep reading!

Have an unplanned day

If you don’t feel comfortable with leaving your whole trip unplanned, commit to setting a ‘mystery’ day aside. On this day, you could have a lie-in or you could go for a morning walk at 6 AM. You could decide to go surfing, climb a mountain… or sip cocktails all day. Whatever you’re feeling on the day and in that moment! And you never know, it could end up being the best day of your trip.

Don’t check reviews

If you’re thinking of visiting a landmark or other attraction, don’t check the reviews… just go!

This wouldn’t be my usual recommendation as reading through other peoples’ experiences can be helpful. That said, if you really want to get lost in the land of spontaneity, just go and see what you make of it. After all, someone else’s 1* experience could be your 5*!

Even if it’s not one of the destination’s best attractions, so what? At least you can experience it first-hand and develop your own opinion on it.

Get a one-way ticket

Got a longer-term trip in mind? Book a one-way ticket! It doesn’t get much more spontaneous than that. That way, you’re less restricted and have no obligation to return home from the country you arrived in.

I’ve definitely been on trips before where I had a flight booked home for the next day and wished I could stay a few days longer. It really sucks!

Don’t pre-book accommodation

This might not be the most money-savvy thing to do, but you could book accommodation for the first couple of nights of your trip and then leave the last night or so free for you to book somewhere else. I say ”not money-savvy” as usually, it’s more expensive to book a hotel or other accommodation last minute. But if that doesn’t put you off, give it a try!

Maybe you could pick somewhere in an area that you’ve really enjoyed visiting and would like to spend more time in. Or, you could go all out and pick somewhere more luxurious than where you’d usually stay, just because it’s only for one night.

Forget Google Maps

We’re so reliant on technology now but sometimes it interferes with the adventure. Couldn’t you make getting from place to place a little more interesting? For example, you could ask people for recommendations of where to visit next and get them to direct you or look out for signposts.

Better yet, just see where you end up! It feels good to get off the beaten track…

Choose your destination at random

You could select your next destination by writing some of your top choices down and drawing from a hat, or if you’re feeling bold, you could close your eyes and point to somewhere on a map!

How about waiting til you get to the airport to find out where you’re travelling to? You can do just that with Wowtrip. They’ll take care of booking your accommodation and transport then let you know your surprise destination as you’re leaving the house or at the airport!

Leave your comfort zone

Spontaneity in itself can be uncomfortable but you’ve just got to push yourself. In the end, it’ll be rewarding.

Make more of an effort to talk to people, try new things and do something that scares you. I actually have a separate post all about leaving your comfort zone while travelling!

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Nottingham, England

Hi, welcome to Travel With Holly! I'm a twenty-something-year-old, environmentally-conscious travel lover, trying to see as much of the world as I can while sharing my experiences with you. Whether you're here for some informative travel tips or just some inspiration, I hope you enjoy browsing this blog! If you’d like to follow along with me then make sure you subscribe.