Like most people I know, I am very good at always wanting to go on holiday, an adventure or a weekend away. However, I am dreadful when it comes to actually booking and coming up with a planned itinerary.
I will let you into a widely known secret: I suck at travel planning.
Coming from someone whose entire life seems to be one big holiday (I promise you, it’s not) that seems a little strange.
What do I mean by this?
The Next Steps
I’m roughly a month away from moving on to my next adventure in Australia. For nearly four months I have been working in a small town in Western Australia (read how I ended up in this place here) to save money to help fund my trip. People are asking me on a daily basis, ‘so are you excited for your next steps?’
I shrug. I mumble. I’m not sure.
I kind of have a vague plan forming, but you would be forgiven for thinking that I am actually not that interested in the next leg of my epic West Coast adventure.
Which is, as you can imagine, total tosh as I am extremely excited.
It’s just that it all seems too far away to contemplate and so I am unable to formulate a plan. I know I should be booking flights, researching, detailing, making price comparisons… but I don’t.
If it’s not happening right now then why I am strangely apathetic to the whole thing?
I Want To Go Now
Hands up: who else impatiently waits for their holiday to roll round? See, I know I’m definitely not alone on this one. I don’t know many people who moan and groan about their impending holiday, especially if it entitles them to a decent chunk of time off work.
Who else looks at that confirmation email you receive after you book your flights, accommodation or car rental and think: ‘I want to go now?’ The excitement ebbs away slightly as you slot your credit card back into your purse, sit back and you can’t help but feel slightly deflated.
That amazing Air BnB you’ve just scored is weeks away. How are you possibly going to wait until then?
I am a whirlwind.
I am dreadfully predisposed to leaving things to the last minute and seeing what happens. The flight may be booked but the guide book sure hasn’t been read (yet).
The truth is, I think I enjoy the last minute buzz of things falling in to place. I get excited about travel like a child may get excited about unwrapping their presents on their birthday. What is there to discover? What will I find in this new city/country?
You know when you have a deadline looming at work or an exam the next morning? Nothing kicks you into gear more keenly than that rush of adrenaline knowing that tomorrow is ‘The Day’. Not that I leave my travel planning to literally quite the last minute, but it’s almost akin to feeling that push of necessity.
I’m going, and I’m going now.
And so I think I need the pressure of the looming deadline of travel to rev me into full speed when it comes to travel planning. Sure, my ‘to-do’ list may have been written months ago, but there are many glaring blanks where there should be solid ticks of action.
Why I leave it all to the last week to suddenly run around like a mad woman, cramming my must-dos into my last remaining hours, I do not know. I just know that I thrive against the clock and am a dreadful procrastinator when I have too much time on my hands.
Anticipation Of Travel
For me, the anticipation of travel almost never seems to kick in.
Until the last minute, that is.
I’m not someone who has one of those countdown apps on their phone that shows you the number of days left until a trip. To me, that seems like an intolerable torture.
Don’t you think spur of the moment is much more exciting? Whether or not the trip is planned at the drop of a hat or not, I seem to only get excited about it in a major way as it looms.
Am I alone?
I love the idea of travel. My bucket list just continues to grow and I usually can be guaranteed to agree to any adventure or road trip suggested by friends. To explore, to experience, to learn; these are all reasons why I want to constantly travel. I yearn to see new things, to be surprised, to discover.
All of this ‘otherworldliness’ is perhaps part of the reason why I anticipate travel in a different way. For me, I want to approach travel with my eyes and ears open to suggestions, devoid of expectations, to try and just experience this new destination in the most authentic way possible.
I will gladly accept recommendations from people about what I should see and do in a place. Whether I take them up on their suggestions remains to be seen and I enjoy letting my travels unfurl with this extra slice of information at my back.
I love the anticipation of travel, but only when it’s tangible; on the tip of my tongue. I’m almost ready to leave on a new adventure and my excitement is so palpable I can almost taste it.
To me, that’s anticipation.
What are your thoughts on the instant gratification vs anticipation of travel? Are you a last minute kind of person or someone who loves the slow, organised build up?
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