You may be keen to go wherever the wind takes you, or you might be a plan-to-the-hour type of traveller. There are benefits to both styles.
Travellers often fall into two categories—the planned and the unplanned—and more than likely, you already know which of the two camps you belong to, or if you sit somewhere in between.
Whatever your preference, we look at some of the pros and cons of both approaches, which may provide some food for thought before you embark on your next journey.
Why it’s great not having a schedule
Travelling without a set timetable is often something that’s associated with youth. For example, as a young backpacker, you probably have less commitments and more time to explore.
As people get older, uncharted travel may seem a little less realistic. Although, with many Australians likely to spend 20 years or more in retirement, life after work could be a great time to have a little less structure when it comes to your next trip.
Here are some of the benefits of travelling with fewer plans.
When planning can have its benefits
It might be more your style to have every day, every meal and every event mapped out in advance, or it might just be a necessity to accommodate things like limited time, limited money, work, kids, or all of the above!
So, how does it pay to plan ahead?
Things you should do either way
Of course all travel requires a minimum amount of planning—you’ve got to buy a ticket if you’re going overseas right? With that in mind, always consider the following before you travel:
What else you may want to consider
There are pros and cons to different planning approaches, but ultimately it’ll come down to what suits you, your circumstances and commitments, and what you feel most comfortable with.
The main thing to ensure is you’re covered if things take an unexpected turn, and that regardless of your timetable (or lack thereof), that you have fun along the way. After all, that’s what holidays are all about!
i Australian Passport Office – Passport validity and foreign visas paragraph 2
ii Survey of Australians’ Travel Insurance Behaviour 2016 page 9
iii Smart Traveller – Health Checks and Vaccinations 8, 12