As my trip to Prague and Bratislava draws nearer I started to feel that I should be doing more planning. It is always a worry that I arrive at my destination without a clue on where to go and what to do next.
So what do I mean by planning? For myself it is ensuring that I have somewhere to stay when I arrive. This is the most important for any traveller. The last thing you need to do when you travelled on a long journey is to be going round trying to find somewhere to stay. You could end up walking a lot of miles especially during busy periods on a potentially fruitless search. Also you could end up paying a higher rate than usual. Having that first nights accommodation gives you a base to plan ahead.
I also worry that I may not have any currency to use at my destination. Again changing money when you arrive could lead you open to being ripped off. I have found pre-paid currency card to be useful. All I need is to find a ATM to obtain local currency. Of course I would be wary of who is watching me.
Where I do leave planning to the last-minute is the itinerary I follow. I make a list of places that I would like to visit however, it is loose because I could be open to recommendations about where I should go. The best sites can be the ones that you end up stumbling on. I also do not plan any entertainment for myself. In Madrid on my last night I ended up on a pub crawl with a group of people I had met on the previous evening.
So finally why bother with planning? To me planning makes life easier when I travel. It means that I can avoid some of the traps that could spoil my trip. It also guarantees that I will enjoy my trip.
Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.