I am a big fan of country music and there is an older song I heard on the radio the other night by Chris Cagle called, What Kinda Gone. It reminded me of my current situation because as I have been talking to people about my trip and answering all the questions, one of the main ones I keep getting is, “how long are you going to be gone?” So, I figured now would be a good time to clarify what kinda gone I am talkin’ bout here.
As of now, I plan to be gone for a year. I have funds that should last me that long and I think it is a reasonable amount of time for a trip of this magnitude. But, I am not sure I could do much more than that. I know I will be missing my pup and I think I will want to get back to “normal” life again at some point. I recognize that I may get out there and hate it (unlikely, but I am a realist) and I know I can always come back home. At this point though, the plan is to take a year and enjoy it all!
My Travel Approach
When I first started thinking about where I wanted to go on this trip a lot of blogs recommend you to plan your route 6 months in advance. Well, I am currently less than 5 weeks out from leaving and I have no plans beyond my first stop in New Zealand. Call me crazy (you wouldn’t be the first), but I didn’t want a structured itinerary. No RTW ticket, I am going with the “fly by the seat of my pants” plan! And I couldn’t be more excited.
Since I am traveling solo, this allows me so much flexibility to go where I want, when I want. I have ideas of countries and areas I would like to go, but nothing firm. In my mind, this allows me certain advantages:
- If I love a place, I can stay a couple extra days…or leave if I hate it
- I can search for flights/transportation, see what is available, and just go
- If I meet people that are headed somewhere fun, I may just go with them
There are also some disadvantages to this type of travel:
- Might end up paying more for transportation at the last minute
- Makes is more difficult to have friends and family come meet me somewhere when I don’t even know where I’ll be in 3 months 🙁
I have always been able to strike a balance between planning and going with the flow. I think this way of traveling fits my personality perfectly. I may have a change of heart once I get out on the road, but I can always make adjustments. I am sure I will be making quite a few over the next year!
Who else follows the “fly by the seat of my pants” plan? What advice do you have for me?