After a number of trips I’ve taken over the past few years, I’ve learned something very important: it’s okay if your plans end up going differently than what you have imagined them to be so.
This was very difficult for me to understand when I started travelling because I had always created sort of like a vision of how my trip would sort of go before actually even going on the trip. And I hadn’t realized back then how bad it was to do so.
It’s different when you are excited for a particular trip and think about the fun times you might have there, than when you are expecting the trip to go the way you planned it out to be. Because then, you are setting yourself up for travel misery if things don’t go the way you had wanted them to go as.
Here are four examples that I had gone through on four different trips. Don’t get me wrong, I still had a FANTASTIC time on each of those trips, but it’s so important not to let the smallest of things get to you.
Long story short- about less than a month before departing, my friend ended up inviting her friend on our trip. My problem was that I wasn’t asked if it would be alright with me, it was more of a just-letting-you-know-plans-changed. I tried being alright with it and I was, until we were in Chicago and I felt like I was third wheeling my own trip.
A good friend of mine had invited me last minute on a weekend trip to Mexico City, and I was more than excited to go back there and visit. We did do some sightseeing that I had arranged for the both of us, but I felt like I was babysitting him the whole trip… Because he was always drunk no matter what time of day or night, or whatever place we were at.
So New York ended up being a completely different kind of trip I’d ever thought of taking. For a city known as “The City That Never Sleeps,” NYC has completely proven that to me. Being so accustomed to every trip being all about sightseeing, trying this and that, eating here and there, and doing everything I possibly can in such a short amount of time- I broke away from that habit (probably just this one time though, but who knows).
Ideally, that was my plan as usual once I got here to cross all my bucket list items that I’ve put together a few days before departing from my city. However, because it was so cold (more than I’m used to back in California) and the sun had set by 5 p.m. it was difficult to accomplish a lot of things.
So, New York City ended up not being my typical city where I play tourist… New York City gave me its nightlife and I never rested (well, I did, but late into the morning). My reason for having visited New York City- to party it up.
I had ideally gone to Phoenix for a music festival, so everything turned out more than perfect for that! However, on our free days (about 3 days) we were unable to do a lot of activities because it was raining a lot during our trip. So our once really-excited-last-minute hiking plans ended up being a complete fail. BUT we had a really fun time getting prepared and doing last minute shopping for a hike that never happened!
All of my trips had different outcomes than what I had thought they’d be like, but I still had a wonderful time during all of them! And that’s what matters! So, if you ever find yourself in a situation like I was during one of your vacations, just remember these 6 helpful tips:
1. LEARN FROM YOUR PREVIOUS TRIPS AND ANY MISTAKES THAT HAD OCCURRED
2. LEARN TO BE MORE OPEN MINDED
3. VOICE YOUR OPINIONS
4. DON’T LET YOUR NEGATIVITY RUIN ANYBODY ELSE’S TRIP
5. BE APPRECIATIVE OF EVERYTHING YOU’RE EXPERIENCING
6. BE HAPPY
Make the most out of every trip. Life isn’t meant to be perfect and neither is travelling.
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