I'll admit, I'm not much of a planner, but planning travel is something I can actually get excited about. Except… for when the planning stage lasts for half a year, I consider that to be torture.
We bought plane tickets to India 6 months in advance, and I spent hours upon hours researching and planning, comparing and bookmarking, pondering, rearranging, and day dreaming.
Six months later, it's finally here. We are leaving tonight, for 15 weeks in India and Thailand. The skeleton of our itinerary has changed 2+ dozen times, and pretty much nothing is set in stone except our return flight.
We arrive in Delhi at 7:40pm on Tuesday Jan 5, 2016, and so far, we have no where to stay. The same goes for the rest of the trip. So, what I'm trying to say is that I've spent 6 months and countless hours planning for a trip that has no plans. Typical Lindsay style.
Here's our skeleton itinerary, as of now, the day of departure. I'm curious to look back on this at the end and see how much we deviated from our "plan".
- Delhi, India -arrive Jan 5 -5 days
- Agra, India -1 day
- Bodhgaya, India - Jan 14-Jan 24 - 11 days - (we have booked a Buddhist retreat for these days)
- Varanasi, India - approx 2 1/2 weeks
- Goa, India - approx 2 1/2 weeks
- Bangkok, Thailand - 3 days
- Khoa Lak, Thailand (SCUBA live aboard) - March 9- March 16 -7 days (this we have paid a deposit for)
- Koh Samui, Thailand - approx 1 week
- Koh Tao, Thailand - approx 2 weeks
- Bangkok, Thailand - approx 1 day
- HOME - April 18
I assume the thought of traveling on the other side of the planet with no plans or reservations probably scares the hell out of some people, or at least seems impossible. But that's what Nick and I all about. And we're not alone. Once you start backpacking in some of these destinations, you run into so many travelers without a plan. Wanderlust people searching for experience. THAT is the vibe of backpackers in South East Asia, which is part of what keeps drawing me back, now for my third long trip.
So, back to the original question: to plan, or not to plan? We do a little of both. Let's see how it goes this time around.