If you’re a kind of person that likes thinking out of the box, and doing things freely, spontaneous travelling might be the right kind of travel for you. However, there are a few things you must do even while you’re going with the flow, as traveling includes going into different countries, with different laws, climates, and cultures.
You don’t have to make strict plans (as you are being spontaneous, after all), but having a general idea will help you a lot. It will even make your tip feel more spontaneous as you won’t be restricted by all the things you didn’t do prior to the trip.
It’s All In Your Head
Frankly, “freelance travelling” isn’t for everyone. If you don’t have the right mindset you will find the whole thing stressful, while it should be the other way around. If you’re not the person who likes to be spontaneous but you would like to be, we advice you start off with something of a smaller scale than travelling.
If you’ve done those things, then you might be ready to take on this big step in developing a new, more spontaneous you. You need to be easy-going and willing to deal with unexpected experiences in order to pull this off. That also includes being flexible (and we mean really flexible), open-minded, and open to saying “yes.”
Of course, not everyone is trustworthy, so be careful and use your best judgment.
Being spontaneous doesn’t include being stupid. Another important mindset you need to successfully “wing it” is being stoic.
Being ready to do things a bit more roughly won’t only grant you new experiences and thus enrich your life, but it will also allow you to save a few bucks.
Everyone has a “worst case scenario,” and in most cases, it really isn’t that bad as you thought it would be. So sleep on floors and horrid couches and go on impromptu camping somewhere unexpected – just live!
If you get lost or find yourself alone, it’s really important not to panic. Stay alert, put your street smarts in full motion, use technology to help you find your way back, and ask people for help. Stay alert at all times and avoid areas that make you feel unsafe. Whatever you do, don’t panic and don’t let other people see that you’re panicking if you really can’t control it.
Exploring is a huge part of spontaneous travel, but it can be really hard to pull it off in our modern day and age. Everyone has a smartphone, and only a few seconds stand between you and all of the information you need at any given moment. Don’t be afraid to wonder a bit without researching what’s near-by. You will soon realize that finding something by yourself is much more fun and self-assuring than just checking the neighborhood out on an app.