Plans

I’m not a huge fan of surprises, good or bad. For this reason, I like to plan out my every move and try to have my ducks in a row before doing everything. But I’ve learned that trying to religiously stick to my plans is a mistake. One problem is that it is literally impossible to plan out ever scenario when traveling. Sure, you can bring an umbrella, extra money, and print out a detailed itinerary, but the chances of you encountering a snag in your plan are pretty good.

We walked for 2 hours to visit this place and then it was closed! - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Manaus, Manaus

We walked for 2 hours to visit this place and then it was closed! – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Manaus, Manaus

And when your plans become muddled, it’s good to realize that wandering around aimlessly in a foreign city can actually be a lot of fun. Keep in mind things that most cities have: markets, parks, museums, religious centers, government buildings. If you wander around long enough, you’ll find something fun and interesting to do, something that you had no idea existed.

Long exposure of a party

While in Japan we randomly came across this cherry blossom party of university students on a small island in the middle of a river – Kyoto, Japan

So when you’re traveling abroad, try to live in the moment and don’t try to plan every little detail of your trip.

-ERV

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