How NOT to Plan

by Lena

19 years old –> Moscow, Russia  –> no plans or bookings — > $1000 –> 1 suitcase  –> Los Angeles, USA  …

  

  … Yes, I actually just got a visa, bought a ticket and left …

Moved to a different continent, alone, as a teenager,  with no plans, no help, no family and no friends waiting for me in US… but managed to survive & succeed.

If I could do that, trust me, so can you! Age, time and money should never be an excuse.

For me, “Planning” takes life out of living …

No matter how long you have been planning for or how “perfect” your planned trip is in your head…. Life will happen to it …

Why stand in the way of LIFE with it’s stunning beauty & glorious imperfections and suffocate it with our own FEAR ? …

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I travel independently, meaning, buying all my plane tickets, hotels, adventures myself or those trips are SPONSORED. I use public transport and spend 99% of my time with locals.

Have never used any agencies or bought pre-packaged “fast food” type of travel!

Let’s just say, that you will never see me in one of those Overland Truck tours ! ( well, Almost Never .. )

The cons of an organized tour always outweigh all the pros… at least for me.

Some of you might say, “oh, but you can’t travel independently and do as much in a day as in those pre-booked tours and see as many countries in short period of time”…

Really?

I can bet, I’ve done and experienced more in my 1 day in Marrakech  and  Stone Town, as well as in my several days in Kenya or Zambia than most do, on their 20 something day tours.

Didn’t spend more money doing it solo either… maybe even less…

Of course, if your goal is to hop on a truck with other tourists and do a multi-day borders crossing, so you can check countries off of your bucket list, then check away!

I try to not only visit a country, but actually LIVE there, be it for a few years, a month or for several days…

The fact that you have no freedom and must do what they tell you, when you book a tour, is more than enough for me to say…

I pass!

Wouldn’t trade my time in a crowded Kenyan Matatu or Ugandan Boda-Boda, even for a ride in a limo or on a private jet!

There’s nothing wrong with choosing to travel with a luxury tour company, where everything and everyone is at your service, every person and journey is different…

it’s just not my cup of coffee.

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Here’s a great article on how to save a lot of money while traveling the world –

HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD ON THE CHEAP ~ by Brendan Lewis

And remember, Travel is only as expensive or inexpensive as you make it…