5 Things We Learned From Travelling Without A Plan

Travelling Without A Plan Exploring Burleigh

1. Exploring and discovering beats spending all your time planning

When we first met in 2013 and discovered our mutual love for travel, we spent our first 6 months together planning the “perfect” Euro trip… Planning exactly where we’d be, what we’d be doing and on which dates. But while we were doing all of this planning, we weren’t actually being present and enjoying our time on the Gold Coast.

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(Exploring Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast)

2. No matter how bad you want something, sometimes it’s just not meant to be

We’re sure most of you have experienced unexpected obstacles that have popped up in your life out of nowhere. In the 6 months that we were planning our euro trip we experienced every financial challenge imaginable that deterred us from achieving our goals. This ultimately meant that after all this planning we had to completely scrap our plan altogether.

sunset at condor
(Sunset in Australia ‘Life Goes On’)

3. Sometimes you just have to say ‘F*ck It’ and go with the flow

Realising at last minute that our euro trip just wasn’t going to happen was really hard to digest (especially after already announcing it to all our friends and family). There came a point where we had no choice but to accept that it wasn’t meant to be. We chose to let go and focus on what we could do instead… this was such a relief.

4. You become an amazing problem solver

When our apartment lease was due to end and we knew our euro trip wasn’t going to happen, we had to come up with a Plan B. After all this excitement to travel, there was no way we were going to stay put. So we decided to sell all of our belongings including Sandy’s car and fit our lives into a couple of bags. Instead of the original plan, we booked a one way ticket to the other side of Australia. This was the start of our journey of travelling without a plan…

5. People will think you’re crazy.. but it’s worth it

It’s not considered “normal” to sell most of your things, pack a bag and start travelling without a plan. However, so far our trip has led us to living in 5 cities around the world and travelling to 6 countries in just over a year. Not only has it been an adventure exploring different parts of the world, it has been a journey of personal growth where we’ve discovered things about ourselves we otherwise would not have known.

Meet The Brit & The Blonde
(Scooting around on the footpath)

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe. Trust. Let go. And see what happens.”

We believe that everything happens for a reason and we’re grateful for all the experiences we have had, which wouldn’t have happened if we stayed attached to our original plan. Travelling has taught us to let go of attachments and allow yourself to go with the flow because that is when the best memories are made.
Have you been spontaneously travelling too? Is there anything you would add to this list? Leave us a comment…
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