Travel Lesson Number One: Don’t Make Plans

Traveling is an adventure. As I hopped into the car for the airport this morning I whispered my favorite line from my favorite Pixar movie,

“Adventure is out there!”

I have thought about that line quite a bit over the past few days. Mostly while listening to the Secret Life of Walter Middy soundtrack and dreaming about watching the Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik. Tonight I am realizing that while adventure is out there, that line is vague for a reason. When you travel you set yourself up for an adventure, but you never quite know what KIND of adventure you are going to get.

For example – I thought my first adventure was going to be sipping coffee in the arctic circle and taking photos on the bridge between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Instead my first adventure entailed flight cancellations due to weather in Iceland and getting stuck for a day and a half in Washington D.C.

Still an adventure… just not the one I was looking for. Can I complain? No. I signed up for this.

However right now I am kicking myself for being WAY too organized. I like to lock down the minutest details of my trip before heading out. I like to know how I am going to spend my every second on the ground of Europe. The problem is that I lined up everything so tight that now that one domino fell I am watching plan after plan after plan wither away into the wind (literally, the wind is the reason I can’t fly into Iceland in the first place).

I planned and paid for EVERYTHING from hotels and bus tickets to shuttles and tours. Now I am finding out that a lot of that stuff is non-refundable and I am going to waste a lot of money on adventures I won’t be able to take.

At this moment I am wishing that I was either much more spontaneous or had the good sense to buy travel insurance. Never find yourself between those two extremes!

Anyhow, I’ve got a day in D.C. to do some of the things I never had time to do when I was here with my family. My main goal is to see the Library of Congress. It isn’t exactly the Northern Lights, but hey it is another place on my bucket list so I really can’t complain.

Heres to a new travel philosophy for my trip. Less stressing over details and more spontaneous adventure (stemming from proper planning of course. We want to stay safe guys, we always want to be safe). More going with the flow and embracing adventures as they come.

GUESS WHAT? My new tickets gets into London a bit early so I’ll be stopping in Oxford on my way to Wales.

Adventure is out there, you just never know what kind of adventure.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

10 thoughts on “Travel Lesson Number One: Don’t Make Plans”

  1. “Adventure is out there!” Gosh, I love Up so much. I agree with not making official plans; they always tend to backfire at some point or another. There should be some breathing room just in case (you never know when you'll need it)!

    xoxo Morning

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  2. Oh no!! So sorry to hear about the setback, but I suppose that's an adventure in itself! I'm all about planning and have everything organized as well, so I know how hard it can be to just go with the flow sometimes. I need that reminder to embrace adventures as they come. You're so right. =)

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  3. Aww! Like Em said, I'm sorry to hear about the delay! Hope all get's better! and Hey you get to stop over at Oxford.. that's pretty cool! 😄

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  4. ack! I'm so sorry about the cancellation! Good for you for staying positive, though, I'd be an absolute train wreck at the moment. Best of luck with your flight into Iceland!! 🙂

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  5. Good advice! I am learning (ever so slowly). This is one of those moments in which I feel very much connected to the title of my blog (misadventures of a globetrotter in training). Hopefully this experience will train me a bit!
    (HIGH FIVE FOR ANOTHER UP FAN!)

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  6. Hmm, I normally let my parents take care of the details side of things when it comes to vacations but I confess I micro-manage all the transport. The Paris Metro was fun, but yeah, it means we don't get off wrong stops ever. Maybe miss out on stuff that way.

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  7. That must've been tough. I know I would have really freaked out if something like that had happened to me, and I'm a pretty laid back person! But hey, that's cool that you get to go to Oxford! I've heard it's a pretty awesome place. (-: Can't wait to see pictures!!!

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