I am all for planning trips extensively, looking up where are the best places to visit, the best places to stay and the best places to eat.. but… This is a great system when you are going away for a weekend to a city, or one a week long holiday to a single destination.

In September I will be beginning an adventure through roughly eight countries in Europe. My boyfriend and I have the first two nights stay in Budapest booked and our last night in Bratislava. After that we have researched the main destinations that we would like to visit but we have refrained from booking everything else. The reason for not booking anything during an extended period of travel is simple, it gives you complete freedom! We might hate Belgrade and move on after one night or fall in love with Kotor or Mostar and stay for two or three nights. We are travelling out of peak season so it should not be too hard to book last minute accommodation so we just have to wait and see where we end up!

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Truth be told, If I had it my way a few months ago we would have the entire trip booked from start to finish but once I had my eyes opened to how restricting this could be I decided it would be best to hold out and let the chips fall where they may!

Do you prefer to book everything in advance or do you like to arrive and wing the entire trip? 🙂

19 thoughts on “To Plan, Or Not To Plan?

  1. While I like planning, I realised on my last trip that it’s better to go with the flow on long trips. Otherwise, you’re tied to a booking that may no longer suit your plans or be inconvenient. I hope you have an amazing time! I’m sure we’ll see and hear all about it soon!

  2. Well for me, I f I will be staying for just one place or two, I’ll place a booking for those place but for your case which is to go to roughly eight countries? I will opt to just go with the flow. 🙂

    Looking forward for your next Euro trip! Enjoy 🙂

  3. I’m a very strict planner when it comes to traveling also when it comes to get cheaper deals out of planning in advance (like for my upcoming trip to Norway), but going with the flow is nicer as you say to know what are the places you feel the best at. However in my roadtrip to the North of Spain last summer my friends didn’t want to plan anything and we ended up having a very hard time finding accomodation in both Oviedo and Picos de Europa. For a moment I thought we were going to have to sleep in the car =p but in the good side we ended up finding perfect places in the mountain for two nights through word of mouth. 😉

  4. Having done most of my “younger travelling days” pre – internet I feel that it has been responsible for killing a lot of spontaneity in travelling but then it has made lots of things easier. If you have lots of time, spontaneity is great. Do all the research, have a loose plan and then be a bit spontaneous when the mood takes you,

    1. We have a rough jist of places we want to see and how long we think we are going to stay somewhere so hopefully it works out in the end! With the ability to book everything through your phone these days I can’t see us becoming too stuck… but then again maybe I am speaking too soon! haha!

  5. We just finished 7 countries in 6 weeks and booked everything except train tickets in advance. We wanted the ability to change our minds so everything was booked refundable… We loved every place, but we ended up sticking to our itinerary… Can’t wait to hear how your trip turns out!!

  6. Where did you travel to? We are cutting it really tight with only 3 weeks to spend between our 8 chosen countries – very ambitious but I am hoping it will work out! If we like somewhere enough we can always go back for longer, or at least that is what we are telling ourselves to try justify the madness!

  7. Going on a trip to Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro this Sunday (!!!!) and I wish I had more time for flexibility. Traveling with no plans is such a treasure. amazing. Have fun!

  8. It’s going to work out great! I was never a “planner” and always went with the breeze….I plan more now because I have two kids and that comes with different responsibilities lol

    I do miss my carefree trips where I up and go…..There are pros and cons for both.

    We are going to Ireland in December (their first international trip). I am trying to find a happy medium of being carefree and some slight planning.

    Enjoy your time!!

  9. I’m a total planner, but I when I was backpacking in India, Nepal and SE Asia a few years ago I just went with the flow- I met so many people along the way who gave me tips of different places to go and things to do that I might have felt like I missed out if I hadn’t had the flexibility of changing directions. Best of luck!

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