Have you ever thought about going on a last minute trip? Not many people do. They don’t think they can make it work with their schedules, and they’d rather play it safe than do something wildly spontaneous. However, there are many notable benefits of going on a last minute trip. You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed, the author of the novel ‘Wild.’
“With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
Not only does this show the power of spontaneity, but that there are always lessons to be learned in every situation.
I’ve done planned trips like the Bahamas trip my husband and I took for our five year anniversary. We had everything planned in February for a trip in August! But then there have been other times where we threw our tent in the car and drove to Canada to camp for the weekend. Though both enjoyable trips, the spontaneous trips feel so much more adventurous. There aren’t any expectations to fall short!
Here is how last minute travel can be beneficial:
1. It’s Way More Exciting
Going on a last minute trip is sometimes more exciting than a trip you book months and months in advance. With a trip you book in advance, you have to wait a long time for it to come round, make all kinds of preparations, and this can stress you out before it’s even time to leave! If you want to experience a new kind of excitement, look for the latest getaway deals on Groupon, late deals to Majorca, or this list of vacations for under $500.
2. You’re Living In The Moment
Not only will you be super excited, you’ll also be living in the moment — full of adrenaline from deciding to do something so crazy and spontaneous, and you won’t have time to think about the past or worry about the future. When you live in the moment, you usually find that things work out just fine.
3. You’ll Save Time And Stress
Going on a last minute trip can potentially save time and stress. You won’t spend hours and hours planning and researching the place you’re visiting, and you won’t be nearly as stressed. You have to make snap decisions and just go for it. You’ll spend way less time second guessing yourself and stressing out about it. As I said before, not having expectations allows freedom for more fun and adventure!
4. Everything You’ve Researched Will Be Fresh In Your Mind
Of course you need to research the place you’re visiting, however, it’s all too easy to forget what you’ve learned when you research too far ahead. Everything you learn about the place you choose to go will be fresh in your mind, so you know exactly where you want to go and what you want to do — and you won’t have time for those around you to try to sway you in a different direction.
5. Potentially Save Money
Another huge bonus of booking last minute is that you could potentially save money. This isn’t the case with everywhere you go, so remember to be smart. Some people like to book around 2 weeks before they want to travel. However, if you can afford to book a day or two before you actually go, there are huge opportunities for savings.
Booking with a sensible amount of time to plan for your trip is great, but if you want a better sense of adventure and excitement, go on a last minute trip instead. Whether you choose to go with friends, family, or on your own, this could be one of the most exciting things you ever do. Some of your best memories are waiting to be made!
Tell me in the comments where you want to go on your next, last minute trip!
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