Traveling the world is very unpredictable. Our itineraries can get messed up and changed at any moment. There are so many things that are out of our control as travelers, and it’s our job to adapt to changes and learn how to deal with them in the best way possible. Going with the flow is very important says world traveler Nomadic Matt. He teaches his followers that it is key to adapt to your surroundings with any spontaneous disaster that comes towards you. Getting too stressed and worried while you’re traveling takes away from the trip. “It may be harder some times than others, but it’s important to keep your calm and take in everything around you while you’re in the moment.”
Having a plan can be the most important part of your trip, but it can also be very restricting. In another travel blog called Unexpected Gifts of Travel, Anneli Rufus says that there is “light-heartedness” to traveling without plans. She says that traveling without an itinerary is actually “psychologically stimulating,” and that it can force your brain to make spontaneous decisions. Whether traveling 30 minutes to the town next to you, or traveling half-way across the world, something unplanned could happen. But this isn’t always a bad thing. Spur of the moment changes can bring out your strengths, whether you realize it or not. Maybe you learn that you’re not very flexible to changes in plans, and that sticking with an itinerary is the best thing for you to have a good trip. “A going with the flow mentality can lead to new opportunities, because you never know what’s coming your way.”
Having a go with the flow mentality can really show how strong you are in stressful situations. In a National Geographic article, Tedd Wood says that people are satisfied with themselves when they learn to adapt with their surroundings. “You can accomplish your goals which makes you enjoy your trip that much more.” It’s important to have goals on big trips because it shows that you’re looking to get something out of the experience. The outcome of the trip can be a lot more satisfying once your goals have been achieved.