To plan or not to plan?
|Werkin' it at Niyom's Orchid Farm, photographed by our guide Pook on a very much planned Airbnb-experience.|
My improv days are over. If there’s anything I learned from my last trip it’s that I need to be planning MORE and EARLIER. Yes, my «everthing’s gonna turn alright» and «when I don’t plan too much unexpected things can happen» was charming for a while - but from which experience was I talking from? Have I ever tried to plan a trip from A to B all the way to Z?
This doesn’t mean that planning eeeeverything is good, only that I wanna try and see how that feels like.
When I came to Bangkok in Thailand I found out that I wanted to eat at Gaggan, No. 1 in Asia’s 50 best restaurants. Not to mention that chef Gaggan Anand plans to close the restaurant in 2020. Of course he has other plans - but this particular restaurant is closing, and this might have been my only chance to eat there. However, when I tried to make a reservation I quickly realized I was too late. The first available dates were at the end of March. I’ve known I was going to Thailand since January - I could have had a chance, also maybe not, either way I’ll never find out.
Of course there are other examples like this; me not reading all the reviews for different Airbnbs/hotels properly, before after I have made the booking. It also has to do with the fact that I’m in a different mind set when I’m home vs. on vacation. At home I think «I’ll just save some money at don’t eat at fancy restaurants» and «should I travel to other cities? Nah too stressful».
This has to stop.
After writing this post on my phone, thinking I’d publish it later, other stuff happened. I tried to plan the next day to the very detail, and of course nothing went according to plan, and I gotta say, I got more stressed out than the times I half plan things and wing it.
So, next time I’ll do the exact same thing as this time, only I’ll plan to see other cities and book a dinner to a fancy restaurant or a street food joint with Michelin stars that might be closing.
Solo travel girl out!