Go With The Flow, Or Plan Every Second Of Your Journey?
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February 19, 2020

Go With The Flow, Or Plan Every Second Of Your Journey?

Sometimes it's a family holiday that can truly bring out the dynamics in a family relationship. When there's one member of the family that is intent on cramming an itinerary that would put Elon Musk to shame it can certainly suck all the joy out of a holiday! But there's a valid point in having an itinerary. Conversely, it's also useful to actually go on holiday for proper downtime and just going with the flow. But which is truly beneficial for a holiday? Should you really plan every aspect of your trip or should you just let the holiday take you for a wild ride?

Who Is Doing The Planning?

It's a valid point to make. If someone is booking everything down to the smallest detail is this going to sap the joy out of the journey? Sometimes we have to give credit to the person that's willing to organise a family holiday, because it's not easy, is it? It takes a very unique type of person to get a whole family of misfits together. And in fact, if this is your first family journey it could be enlightening to see that this person is doing so well in charge of the situation! The most attractive zodiac signs are those that lead, like Aries, and you need a little sense of organisation and someone who is able to lead the troops. But when it's overkill it can certainly take the joy out of the experience. We need to have someone organised so we don't spend the holiday idly walking around but at the same time, there is a big case for downtime.

Should We Ever Go With The Flow?

Going with the flow, for many people, is the very nature of going on holiday. But going with the flow can have its problems. In a financial sense, it can be a bit of a rabbit hole. If you decide to go with the flow without planning ahead for certain experiences you may end up spending more money than you had originally planned. Going with the flow is great in certain situations such as going on the beach and deciding to take a swim in the ocean. But at the same time, even these situations need some careful consideration. If you want to go with the flow you've got to think about where you are going. Certain countries are very conservative in their beliefs and this can mean that if you decide to throw caution to the wind, will this get you in trouble? It's always a good idea to do some preparation, at least in terms of the culture of the country, and then you can understand where the limits are. The one true way you can go with the flow is if it's a country you have been to before. If you've been to the place and you reliving certain aspects of the last holiday you may find your feet quickly so you can go with the flow. A lot of people go back to these places because there are things that they didn't catch the first time around. And when you've already had certain experiences on your original journey, now you've got a far freer itinerary to play with. It all depends on the type of person you are. What sort of a traveller are you? If you are a person who gets quite anxious on journeys it might not be a good idea to go with the flow.

What Is The Right Balance?

Some people don't like the idea of not knowing where they are going next. But if you can structure a sense of freedom in your day by starting the day at one place and ending at another you know where you are going to finish your day. Going with the flow can certainly open you up to new experiences that when you're travelling in another country you might not necessarily know the customs. It's always a good idea to go and prepare before any journey so you know what you can and cannot do. And while there may be certain things on your tick list you can pick a handful of these destinations and make this your loose structure. Because going on holiday can mean some people want to take advantage of the downtime, whereas others want to go and explore, it can mean people tend to bang heads. Planning every second of your journey is definitely overkill but if you're going with your family it's important to have some sort of structure. It's definitely possible to do both, even if you have to schedule in downtime. 

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