Go big, or go home!

by Stephen

(This post was written long before I decided to travel around the world by bicycle. I have kept the post for historical purposes. At the time the post was originally written, the idea was to spend a much shorter time, travelling by trains, buses, ferries, and so on)

I’m sometimes asked why I’m doing such a big trip.

“Why don’t you do it in many smaller trips?”

I’ve often thought about doing smaller trips. Even to the point of cancelling previous round the world trip plans. However, I like the flexibility of putting aside a long time period. For one, short trips are often too restrictive. You run the risk of looking at the clock, so to speak, than looking around. As a result, you end up feeling like you’re rushing from one place to the next.

“Why have you created a time-based itinerary, then? I thought you wanted to be flexible.”

It may seen like a bit of a contradiction. However, having an itinerary actually gives you the freedom to be flexible. You can choose to change, or even ignore, it. But if you don’t have an itinerary at all, then the only choice you have is to have no plan to follow.

Would love anyone else’s thoughts!


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Jeannie Mark 19th March, 2013 - 21:43

I just read your comment on my About Page and had to stop in and wave my pom-pom for you. Travel is not something we should do only when we’re young and springy — it’s so doable and just as rewarding! It just become different, sometimes a slower pace and or our priorities alter a bit. I’m gung ho for you to do this, because if I can do it — anyone can. As for itinerary, it’s totally cool to have an idea on where, but of course, make it flexible. You might enjoy a place longer and want to stay — or hate a place and need to leave. There’s no rule to this thing. Cheers, mate! And welcome to the tribe!

Stephen 19th March, 2013 - 22:03

Thanks so much for the comment, Jeannie! I’m so looking forward to doing this, and very determined to do it. 🙂 I’m quite expecting that I’ll stay somewhere longer than planning. And I’ll certainly have total flexibility in the EU, due to having dual citizenship (that being the UK – if it’s still in the EU by then, or if the EU will even exist!). However it turns out, it’s going to be a blast!

Thanks so much for the welcome aboard!

jill 21st March, 2013 - 10:06

Multiple smaller trips or one big one… each has its pros and cons. The important thing is do what you feel is best for you with your timeframe, budget, and situation. Striking that fine balance between having a plan and being flexible is something to strive for. Enjoy the journey!

Stephen 21st March, 2013 - 10:59

Hi Jill. Thanks very much for your comment! How true! I think Europe will be where I can be totally flexible. Being a British citizen, I’m able to work/live throughout the EU (provided it still exists in 2021!).

I’ve had a very quick glimpse at your blog. Looks interesting! I’ll have to have a proper look when I get home.


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