As a notorious planner, organiser and general Type A, I often find it quite hard to just go with the flow and take a step back without constantly having a plan or a to-do list.
However, in recent months I’ve learnt to relinquish control a little more and just take everything as it comes and I definitely feel a whole lot better for it. So when we randomly booked a weekend away to Corfu a couple of weeks ago, I was only too happy to embrace the spontaneity of the situation and have an amazing weekend on a beautiful Greek Island.
Here’s why spontaneous holidays can be just as good as planned ones.
While I do love to plan before I go on a trip; from a list of things to do and explore while we’re there, to restaurant recommendations and new things to try out, it was actually quite liberating booking our holiday with no particular agenda.
We truly had one of the best weekends of our entire lives and I do believe that was largely down to the last minuteness of it all. I think spontaneous holidays give you a new sense of freedom and they can be just as fun as planned holidays, if not more so. Here’s why.
You don’t need to stick to an agenda
For me, planning an itinerary whenever we go on holiday is genuinely one of my favourite things to do. It helps to build the excitement of visiting somewhere new and I often learn new things about a place before I’ve even been there.
There’s nothing I love more than scrolling through my favourite travel hashtags on Instagram, or perusing Pinterest looking for the most in-depth itineraries I can find but as we only had a couple of days in between the time we booked our holiday and the day we actually went, I decided to take a backseat and not do any research at all.
It did feel slightly strange to not have an extensive list of things I wanted to see and do but as we were only there for 48 hours, I decided that it would be much better to just see what happened and go with the flow. Our holiday to Corfu actually turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, and I sincerely don’t think it would have been any better if we’d have planned in advance.
Not everything goes to plan anyway (even if you’ve planned meticulously)
A few weeks ago, Matt and I were supposed to go to Munich for the weekend on a press trip to review a stunning hotel there but due to adverse weather conditions, all the trains were cancelled and we were unable to make our flight.
I’d been planning a thorough itinerary and an extensive list of everything I wanted to do while we were there and we didn’t even end up going.
My point is, sometimes you can plan every single last little detail and it still doesn’t pay off. We had a whole agenda planned for the entire weekend and we didn’t even manage to step foot on our flight; sometimes things just don’t go to plan even if you think you’ve thought of everything.
You’ll create incredible, unexpected memories
One thing that’s a given whenever you go on holiday is that you’re guaranteed to make some truly unforgettable memories. Some of my all-time favourite memories and moments have been made while I was travelling, from my jaunts to New York, to living in New Zealand, to a weekend away in Budapest; each and every place holds incredibly special memories for me.
Our weekend in Corfu was no different. Despite not having a proper plan of what we wanted to do before we arrived, we still managed to have the most magical time trying out new foods, experiencing local culture and embarking on the most amazing booze cruise. Oftentimes, the most unexpected moments turn in to the memories that you’ll treasure forever.
It’ll give you great photo opportunities
Of course, you can get awesome photo opportunities when you plan your vacation, especially if you specifically hunt out the most Instagrammable places.
However, spontaneous holidays can give you just as many (if not more) photo opportunities as you’ll inevitably stumble upon some real hidden gems that make for a great photo backdrop.
Everything from ancient buildings to gorgeous little beaches to an array of interesting and quirky people, you’re sure to find an abundance of incredible photo opportunities that’ll make your Insta grid totally enviable!
You’ll learn to appreciate the little things
When travelling on a whim, you may find yourself not quite as prepared in terms of luggage and clothing as you would be if you’d planned in advance.
Nevertheless, I honestly believe that this is only a good thing as it allows you to appreciate the little things much more. Instead of being weighed down by your 22KG baggage, filled to the brim with curlers, hair straighteners and a plethora of beauty products and skincare supplies, you’ll probably forget to pack many of these items so you’ll have to learn to get by without them.
On our holiday to Corfu, I only packed the bare minimum amount of makeup and skincare products that I needed (not forgetting sun cream obviously) and it was actually enthralling to not have to worry about looking picture-perfect all the time and instead just enjoying each and every moment.
You’ll discover unexpected gems that you might not have seen otherwise
If you conduct a whole lot of thorough research and plan your itinerary down to a T, then chances are you’re probably only scratching the surface of all the things you can do and see in a particular place.
When travelling spontaneously however, you’re giving yourself much more leeway to stumble upon hidden and unexpected gems that you might otherwise have missed had you not wandered off the beaten track. We happily discovered a gorgeous little beach while in Corfu that we didn’t expect to encounter and it actually turned out to be one of my favourite moments of our whole trip.
You can often save a great deal of money
While this isn’t always true – sometimes booking in advance really does save you a lot of money – if you manage to bag an awesome last minute deal then your spontaneous getaway is already on to a winner.
Our flights to Corfu weren’t exactly the cheapest (around £300 return for both of us) but they also weren’t the most expensive and if you really keep a lookout, then you can often find some incredible deals on last minute flights which will save you a great deal of money.
It definitely depends on the location that you plan on visiting; for example, last minute train tickets to London are usually extortionately priced whereas a last minute flight to Ireland or Germany can be incredibly cheap, thus leaving you with more spending money for when you arrive!
After our incredible weekend away, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to book another spontaneous holiday in the future!
Do you prefer spontaneous holidays or are you more of a planner? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.