When I was younger, I prided myself on my spontaneity in traveling. The goal was to encounter the unexpected — even in well-trodden tourist areas. As I’ve aged — I’m now in my early 50s —I’m feeling a compulsive urge to plan every last detail, down to the route to walk from one site to another and other such obsessive details. I don’t like this latest tendency in myself, and I can’t quite figure out where it is coming from. Is it because of the endless amount of information available on the Internet? Is it because with age, comes the knowledge that there will not be endless opprtunities in the future to go back to the places we visit, and therefore every visit must be maximized?
Anyway, I’m curious about your travel styles. Spontaneous or planned? And has that changed as you’ve aged? And what are your feelings on the subject? Do you wish you could be more spontaneous — or disciplined — in your travels?