Travel Tips: Should You Plan Your Trip or Be Spontaneous?

Travel Tips: Should You Plan Your Trip or Be Spontaneous?

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Travel Tips: Should You Plan Your Trip or Be Spontaneous?



Hugh Simon says:

I MUCH prefer traveling spontaneously. I wish I didn't have to buy anything in advance. However, that can create a lot of problems. I agree with another commenter that said it's much harder to travel without reservations these days than it was 20 years ago but I still try to do it as much as possible. The biggest headache is being locked in to a plane ticket. Most airlines are merciless if you want to change dates. Nothing worse than being in a country you love on a long trip, with more time if you want to enjoy it, and being forced to leave because the rebooking fees are so exorbitant.

Chris Brown says:

Have you tried Airbnb yet? I have gotten some really good deals through them.

Chris Brown says:

Well I'm currently in Medellin, Colombia and booked a flight to Cartagena while at the airport in Philly.

Random Erwin says:

Again Gabriel, you die made a perfect Vid!!

Henry Martinez says:

Hi Gabriel! Good evening. As always, an awesome and informative video, which I will definitely think about and keep in mind.

I'm getting ready for a trip to San Diego, in which I'm attending the San Diego Comic-Con International, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, all within a week. Cabo San Lucas was a pretty spontaneous thing for me to plan. So I'll see what happens?

Anyway, I wanted to ask you Gabriel on what are the chances of you visiting Russia, especially to cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. I've actually heard great things about St. Petersburg from old friends and coworkers.

Do you think that will happen, Gabriel? I'm truly sure those epic videos of Russia will get even more and more views?

ItinerantOne says:

I would say the golden age for spontaneous travel was about fifteen years ago. Back in the early 2000s it was much easier to just show up in a city and hope to get a room. Travel was more difficult then because reservations had to be made over the phone, which made travel somewhat less accessible to the uninitiated. These days nearly all hostels are online and can be booked up months in advance.

I've done both the spontaneous thing and the planned thing, and these days I really prefer the planned trip. Knowing that you have a room waiting for you at your destination removes a lot of the stress from travel, and you can be more selective with your accommodations. Booking your room through a site online also means your room is more or less guaranteed. If you wait until the last minute you face the prospect of there being no rooms available at all, or being relegated to less desirable hostels that may be located far outside of town.

Booking ahead also saves time because you don't need to trek all over town looking for a bed, as I did in 2002 when I showed up in Barcelona without a room. I spent all morning running around in the heat with full pack looking for a place to sleep.

As you mentioned, train and airplane fares increase as the date of travel approaches, and trains can be completely booked up, so it's a good idea to have a general framework for your trip including booking all long-distance travel in advance.

Aaron Explores says:

I'm actually traveling like this, so I'm in Poland right now, but am going to Lviv in Ukraine in 2 days, after Lviv I don't have a clue where I'm going after. I love the feeling of freedom you get while backpacking!

Friend of the Devil says:

great video, thanks a lot! Just one question: Iยดm going to India very soon, should I bring a moskito net? Did you bring ine when you stayed in Hampi, Goa, Tamil Nadu etc?

Sohaib Bhat says:

Hi gabriel, really appreciate your videos
Can you please explain how the visa process works and how to go about the return flight and booked accommodation since these two are one of the main prerequisite and pose problem especially when. You are out for a long trip visiting not one but many countries.
How can one be spontaneous in such cases and overcome these problems especially when you have an indian visa
Best wishes

Dragan Vulanovic says:

My next trip.
Danube tour ๐Ÿ˜Š:
7th trip to Belgrade.๐Ÿ˜Š
Second time in Budapest
First time in Wienna and Bratislava.

Christopher Seymour says:

spotninanous! with a hint of planning :p you don't wont to miss the best places… that both paths take!

farhan yusuf says:

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