I was engaged in an email exchange with a reader/friend who was proudly telling me of her plans to go to Europe for two weeks in early July this year with her daughter, as a graduation present (for the daughter).
Although not a very experienced traveler, she had decided the two of them would simply head out and enjoy total freedom and flexibility. They’d have a rail pass, and a return flight, but beyond that, they’d go where they wished, when they wished, and end up enjoying exactly the type of European experience they’d dreamed of, free of any constraints or restrictions on when/where they could go.
Sounds idyllic and marvelous, right? Wrong! Sounds like a prelude to a disaster. Our email exchange got me to thinking – this concept of wanting to be free of the constraints and confines of a fixed itinerary is a widely shared one, but in most cases, is totally the wrong thing to do.
Why do I say that? When is it necessary and/or not necessary to preplan? Please now go visit my new article about if you should preplan a European vacation for the answers to these and many related questions. (Note that while we use Europe as an example, the underlying issues are similar for many/most other destinations too.)