We hate itineraries. Some people stress about not knowing what’s next; we thrive on it. Which side are you on?
I honestly can’t remember a trip we’ve taken where we’ve detailed out each day’s activities ahead of time or stuck to a rigid schedule. We like to feel the ENERGY of a location and let the natural circumstances guide us.
This is how we TRAVEL HIGH VIBE.
Ben is usually the one who decides where we’ll go for our next trip. He chooses a destination usually based on the type of experience we want for ourselves and what is likely to inspire him for video content. We tend to most enjoy beautiful, tropical paradises with an adventurous edge.
Once we decide on a destination, we ask our friends if they’ve been and if they have any MUST-DO/SEE advice. While we don’t love itineraries, we also don’t want to miss the “most epic/beautiful/life-changing ______.” Consulting our followers on social media is another good way to get interesting tidbits about a place. We’ll do a little browsing on blogs and YouTube to see what most people are loving about that place and just create a Note in our iPhone that lists out those experiences.
Our current accommodations of choice are AirBnB’s. We like that they’re interesting, full of character, affordable, and many of them have amenities that a regular hotel won’t have - like a kitchen or snorkel gear. We also enjoy the fact that the owners are open to discussion and giving us suggestions based on our interests. This is how you can truly experience what the city has to offer, through the advice of a local.
When we get to a city we ALWAYS rent a car. We like to drive around on the first day and get a feel for the layout of the city and just kind of experience it without preconceived notions or stress of DOING anything in particular. We’ll make a note of anything interesting or stop along the way to check out something that catches our eye. On the way back to the AirBnB we’ll find a grocery store to stock our kitchen a bit - you know, bread, peanut butter, fruit, beer. The essentials. Over an evening cocktail we’ll discuss the rest of the week and create a tentative, highly-flexible plan for the must-dos.
Some of our favorite experiences have been when we let our intuition guide us. Luckily, Ben and I are usually on the same page with what we like to do - go off the beaten path and find a secluded beach, a hike, or an awesome lookout point. Sometimes we’ll just be driving and turn down a random road “just to see.” This is how we found the Kapoho tide pools and our favorite secluded beach on Big Island Hawaii. This is also how we found the affordable apartment we rented when we first moved to California!
When dining, Ben and I LOVE to sit at the bar wherever we go, so we’re not too picky about finding fancy restaurants and fine dining when we’re out. We like to sample local cuisines and cocktails, but we’re also just as happy with nachos and vodka sodas. When we sit at the bar we ALWAYS have an interesting experience. We meet the coolest people and create really special relationships. On our first trip to St John, USVI, we sat at a bar in Coral Bay and met an amazingly generous group of friends who invited us on their boat the next day to snorkel at a secluded spot. We still keep in touch with those people and try to see them every time we return to the island.
To cut costs where we can, we cook at our AirBnb for breakfasts or dinners. This is as easy as spaghetti, tacos or kabobs on the grill. For lunches, we’re usually out exploring so we’ll buy a little cooler to keep in the car and pack it with PB&J sandwiches, mixed nuts or granola bars, and plenty of water. We like to buy the gallon water jugs to save on plastic waste, and fill our stainless steel water bottles throughout the day. Dining out is a major expense, but we do let ourselves loose on our trips to experience the nightlife and meet interesting people at local restaurants.
These are just some of the habits I realize we’ve created when we’re exploring new cities. And you know, if the circumstances don’t allow some of these things, that’s totally fine with us. We never force anything when we’re traveling.
When we let intuition guide us, in travels as in daily life, things tend to flow and fall into perfect place. There are no expectations to meet, just experiencing life as it comes. The energy we release into the world is the energy we attract. If we embark on a journey full of wonder and curiosity, wondrous and curious experiences find us.