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I’m Unprepared… and I Like It


packing for k-stanI bought the Istanbul section of the Turkey Lonely Planet, and have yet to look at it.

I booked a hostel for the first night in the city, and I have no idea how to get there.

I know when my flights will be landing; I know when they should be departing.

I am a person that actually prefers to be thrown into the thick of it to figure out my next step. Perhaps it has something to do with my anxiety, but the act of thinking about trips in full detail really stresses me out and probably makes me worry even more.

Instead, I’ve learned to rely on the fact that I revert to my survival instincts when I travel. I somehow manage to get from point A to point B, even without speaking the language — and I do whatever it takes, whether that be stopping people on street corners or jumping around playing charades, to make it all happen. I am at my best when I travel… way less shy; way less worrisome. It becomes a simple task of survival.

Find food. Find accommodation. Find way around.

Plus, I’ve never been a details person. When I read, I pick up overall feelings and events, but I can never remember the lines people spoke or the passages depicting lengthy description. And when I write, I’m succinct and short-winded — getting to the point with no real fuss.

And with the trip I leave for in the morning, I’ve gotten the major plan worked out — flights confirmed, hostel booked, travel insurance purchased, dates I know I will be arriving and departing and people I know I will eventually be meeting. The rough outline builds the trip’s foundation, and the rest is simply what I’d love to let happen.

On its own.

I’m not a prepared traveler in the itinerary sense, and that’s the way that works best for me. Otherwise, I’d probably freak myself out with all the thinking and then end up not going anywhere at all.

See you on the flip side!


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8 Responses to I’m Unprepared… and I Like It

  1. Erik October 25, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Have fun! I look forward to reading about it!

  2. tucano2 October 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Have a great trip!

  3. Sarah October 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Have a good trip – and I think things always work out better when you don’t have a plan!

  4. Rebecca October 27, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Hope you are having a great time! I totally travel the same way. A loose outline of stuff, but not much else (unless I really need to) set in stone. People that over plan every moment of their days annoy me.

  5. Charlie Diary of a Muzungu October 28, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    I arrived in Istanbul with no idea what I was going to do. Half an hour connecting with Lonely Planet bloggers viaTwitter and I had a plan! I loved the place, have fun!

  6. Ian [EagerExistence] October 29, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    It’s not difficult to navigate your way around Istanbul. It’s very “westernized”. If you want a genuine non-English experience, pick any other destination in Turkey. Be aware of the usual tourist scams in Istanbul.

    Check out my post from my first night in Istanbul

  7. thelaksablog October 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I can vouch for the fact that you were absolutely and unmistakeably not fully packed & ready 🙂

    Does it make me lazy if I don’t even like booking places to stay sometimes until i get there?!

    • Brooke November 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Babe, we make a good travel team because of it! It’s my style, too 🙂

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