It’s funny for me to hear someone tell me that my trip is organized. Josh even went overboard saying I did tremendous pre-trip planning. Because the truth is, my trip is anything BUT organized.
If you only knew that Raz had to drive me to a bookstore in Tel-Aviv so we could look at Lonely Planet guide and see what are my options in Jerusalem. Or how Kuba was scandalized when he learned that I didn’t have a guidebook traveling solo in Jordan. Or that it was Kevin who mapped out my little excursion out of London.
“What are you interested in?”
“Nature? Culture? History?”
“How about you make one as if you’re the one going, Kevin. And let me use it for this trip!”
Kevin suggested I should take a train to Edinburgh and work my way back to London. I couldn’t agree more and mainly because I don’t know better, haha. So within minutes I booked a train for Edinburgh.
The ticket costs £50, which is double the price of if I booked one week before. I think I have a disability in early planning. My brain cannot register anything farther than 2 weeks. It’s not that I don’t want to, I tried, but it’s beginning to seem like I’m not capable of it at all. So it’s such a blessing that I am always meeting angels in my trip. It’s why some of you may think that my trip is well organized.
Wait let me get back to that thing about Lonely Planet. Maybe it caught your attention that I might be stealing Lonely Planet information. Well, that may seem like so, but I actually own a copy of the Middle East Lonely Planet at home. Since I already paid for the content, I believe I was not stealing reading from a bookstore. I didn’t bring it because then I would have to carry one of Europe and South America and Africa, which I also have at home.
Anyway, here is the google map of my trip out of London. It’s not exactly as plotted by Kevin because I changed plan along the way. This is what I love about my kind of travel. It may be a bit more expensive, but I have plenty of flexibility and options. It’s a buffet!
I love your blog… planning a trip soon. Not quite as long as yours (got a business to return to lol) hopefully I can one day very soon do what you are doing…at least just a part…hmm 6 months maybe :)
keep writing please :)
I love your plan to not plan haha!
Gosh, it’s hard to imagine those trips. Of course I did have a few AMAZING short trips that happened after a small suggestion (road trip to Svaneti for Easter, Biking Crimea after taking the Ferry to name two) but you seem to have places ready to go to, know the information about them, and Whammo you’ve got a kick ass article :P But perhaps you just have a really great memory and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time?
I spent a lot of my time worrying about a place to sleep…a large majority of my time actually. However I remember while I was traveling without my laptop I was A LOT more spontaneous because I was also out a lot more and not online. I used my internet less and more wisely than when I had one. I’ll be thinking twice about bringing it along during my next long trip.
PS. This winter or Spring I’m planning to dive the Red Sea. any tips ;)
Keep blogging…I love it.
I do have the fortune of meeting great people. And I don’t worry about where to sleep. There’s always Roomorama or HostelWorld if CS fails. ;-) But then again this is Europe. I dunno what it’s like in South America. It may be more difficult and I really don’t know anyone from there. So let’s see, my senses may get keener and that my disability to plan may disappear. Haha.