I am a planner. Whether I make generic plans or specific plans, I always have to know where I am going, and what is going to happen next. Planning is a good thing, and will always be a good thing when preparing your travel itinerary. However, when you are at your destination, it’s important to allow yourself to get lost.
Wondering why you should get lost?
1. It allows you to view a destination in its purest form.
While getting lost, you often find yourself in areas where a tourist is not in sight. You discover new neighborhoods and places, and experience the destination’s local feel.
2. You get to hear interesting stories from the local people you meet.
While in Frankfurt, my friend Jackie and I wandered into a local café/bar. Only one older gentleman was sitting in the bar, which was overseen by an older woman. After learning that Jackie and I were from the United States, she proceeds to share with us a story about a certificate displayed on the wall. The U.S. Army gave her an award for serving the U.S. soldiers at her café/bar during the gulf war. How cool is that!
3. You learn more about yourself during these spontaneous moments.
I have discovered that I need to embrace living in the moment more, and not think long term all the time. Spontaneous “getting lost” moments enabled me to appreciate what life has to offer and has further increased my desire to travel more.