Traveling spontaneously, without a plan, is tempting. It has an element of romanticism, a little bit of wild spirit. You just walk forward, and you have no idea of where you will go, what you’ll see, where you will be staying.
Such travel is possible. Many people do it this way. Usually, however, they have a lot of time and only a few commitments. Such trip is most suitable for solo travels. When you are alone, you do not have to make any compromises and have a minimum number of restrictions. It is worth to travel during the “gap year” or when you have to decide life on the go.
But can we afford it when we only have two weeks of vacation? When do we go with family, especially with small children? Or with a larger group of friends?
So, how to experience your holidays, peacefully, safely way, without feeling confused or threatened that something will not work? And at the same time feeling: freedom, independence, and obey your own rules? What can we do to make our holidays perfect? The solution is simple. Find someone local who knows the area, knows the local conditions and can help you with everything.
I do not like to travel with a group of random people, as it may happen with trips from travel agencies. I want to become independent and make decisions by myself. That is why the best solution for me is to hire a local guide or driver. Usually, both functions are performed by the same person.
But this is not the end. I organize everything before I leave. Why?
Haste makes waste
Sitting calmly at home, on the couch, I read about the place where I am going. I have time to think and decide what I want to see, what I want to experience. I’m considering the suggestions made by different guides. I have time to contact them, talk through the Internet. And choose the person who meets my expectations best. I take their professional experience into account and read the opinions of other tourists. Time gives me the opportunity to choose carefully and thoughtfully. I have a better chance that I will be happy with my choice.
Nice to meet you
It is worth contacting the guide earlier, and I do it before leaving. Thanks to the previous talk, we are not strangers to each other anymore. That gives me a sense of security and inner peace. I can explain my doubts, ask questions. With his / her answers I can see what a person is. I can feel that everything will be fine. If I do not get that conviction, I still have time to change my mind and choose another person.
It’s going to be my way
I read a lot about the destination of my holidays, watch videos on YouTube, look through photos, and see what I want to see. I don’t let other people decide. I know what I’m interested in and I do not rely on random offers. I also check practical information, such as entry ticket prices, transport costs, and food products.
When I finally know all of this and have my plan, I call the guide and present my expectations. We discuss them together. I can be relaxed and do not have to bend to anyone. Nobody will take me to the places that are boring to me. It’s going to be my way.
Knowledge is a key to the power
When I arrange everything before I leave, I know what awaits me, and the guide knows what awaits him/her. We are both calm. All doubts have been clarified. I presented my expectations. For example, I said that I would arrive with small children and we will have to stop frequently. I showed my fears, and the guide dispelled them.
Holidays are for relaxing
If I did everything before I left, I could be sure that only pleasures are waiting for me. I will not have to look after anything, run around local tourist agencies, talk guides on the streets. I will pack sunglasses in the bag, take a hat and leave the hotel to meet the guide who will be waiting for me in the driveway. Even the water does not have to be packed in the bag, because he will probably have it in the car. Oh no, wait! Probably not, I know it for sure, because in earlier talks he explained it to me. So on the road!