Travel Advice: Don't Plan a Damn Thing

When it comes to traveling, I think people set an unintentional expectation for themselves.

It’s not our fault. It’s not always on purpose. But there’s this looming need hanging over us that subconsciously creates a to-do list in our head. Where to go, what to see, how much time we can spend in this place or that place.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not denying anybody’s ability to plan a trip. Because I’m a huge advocate of planning. Before every trip, I obsessively fill notebooks with my packing list, things I want to do, where I should eat, and so on and so on.

All I’m saying is to maybe take a break from that mindset.

For just one day, make absolutely no plans, grab someone you care about, and just go.

My friend Claire and I had been having a rough few weeks. Work was overwhelming, we missed home, too many things were occupying our minds. So we just took a day and drove. Drove through this new home of ours and landed in a town called Leavenworth, Washington that sits along the Wenatchee River. We stopped, kept going, paused in the sunlight, enjoyed the moment, laughed too hard, and didn't plan one damn thing. 

So here are just a few suggestions of mine for when you give yourself an expectation break:

Don't set a limit on how far you can or can't go. Just keep driving till you don't want to anymore.

Stop and look whenever you want to.

Enjoy the things the person you're with enjoys.

I don't care who you are and where you are - skinny-dip.

Don't take everything so damn seriously.

Eat whatever the hell you want.

If you feel the sun on your skin - stop and close your eyes.

And last, let the places choose you.

EssaysCasey Callahan