Sometimes You Don’t Need a Plan
I’ve been to Europe a few times, sometimes for month long trips and other times for weekend trips. In February 2009, I wanted (needed!) to take a trip out of the country. I hadn’t left the US for almost a year and was becoming antsy. I started researching late January / early February, but nothing was cheap enough or new enough to catch my eye. Until Thursday, February 12th…
9:00 am: $500 flight to London found and booked.
1:00 pm: Left work and walked to bookstore to buy travel guide. Purchased Lonely Planet’s England guide.
2:30pm: Arrived home on the bus. Organized travel documents, packed and showered.
5:30pm: Gave friend a house key to take care of my cats while I was gone.
6:00pm: Took bus and train to airport.
7:00pm: Arrived at airport.
I had visited London in 2002, so the destination wasn’t new to me, but I would have gone to a city I had not yet visited as well. Sometimes the best trips, and the trips you need the most, aren’t the ones with weeks or months of planning.