Some of the best vacations I have had was when I had no itinerary. Has anyone else done this?
The first time I made a trip with no set plans was when I was living in New Zealand in 1983. I went back to marry Dawn, but I knew in a few weeks it wasn't going to happen; I considered it just to get a work permit, but that's not a good reason to marry. Anyway... A friend of mine was getting married up in the north island, I was living in the deep south (a town called Gore) and I decided to go. I bought a bus and rail pass and set out across the country. When I would get to a city in the evening the first thing I did was find a place to stay. I liked the motor camps as they were very inexpensive and I had packed a sleeping bag. Then I would find a place to eat once I got settled and then I would go explore the city. It was great fun, I had many great adventures!
The next trip was in 2004 when I made a trip into California to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. All we had was a flight into LA, a rental car and a flight home from San Francisco a week later. It was another great trip and very relaxing. Later the same year my boyfriend and I at the time, continued the trip from SF to Seattle. I will always look back on these trips with very fond memories.
I think I've kind of lived my life this way. I had no set plans; I took opportunities that came my way. I had some great adventures and have met some wonderful people along the way. Sometimes I think back and wished I would have had more focus to finish college and maybe pursue a different line of work, or as I talked about earlier this week, I sometimes wish I had planned for retirement better. But this journey called life has been good. I've made some mis-steps but also had some amazing adventures along the way. I try not to live with too many regrets.
Have y'all lived by an itinerary?
Has anyone else taken a vacation like the ones I described?
Please, share your thoughts and your stories.