Should You Take a Spontaneous Trip? Here are 7 Good Reasons To Go!

If you’ve ever wondered whether taking a spontaneous trip is a good idea, you’re in the right place. While it might seem impulsive at first, last-minute travel offers many benefits. 

That’s why we’re sharing these good reasons to travel on an impromptu basis. Then, you can feel confident booking your next trip “on the fly.”

In fact, this is the ideal time to do it.

Once you know the benefits, you can lose your hesitation and embrace some of the best opportunities to travel.

Find out how, below.

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CONTENTS – In this article, you’ll learn why and how to take an spontaneous trip, including:

  • Entry Requirements are Easing
  • Reduced Effort in Trip Planning
  • 7 Benefits of Saying ‘Yes’ to a Spontaneous Trip
  • Final Thoughts
  • Next Steps

Put “the Spontaneous” Back into Your Travels!

These days, in the age of airport queues and COVID tests, travel can be a tiring process. You may be facing some hesitations, and travel spontaneously is off your radar.

However, you stand to snap up some great deals and gain great adventures in being a little more impulsive. 

You can even find last minute business class flights that will add a luxurious element to your spur-of-the-moment country hopping. 

If you need some persuading (or permission!) to embark on a spontaneous trip, you’ll find that and more, below.

Good News: In Some Ways, Travel is Getting Easier

There are many holiday destinations that are reducing COVID restrictions now.

This makes things even easier to travel there. 

Just as one example, a recent change in Thailand’s travel regulations means that a “Thailand Pass” can be obtained a lot faster than in previous years. This pass is the application system for non-Thai visitors to gain approval to enter the country.

Historically, submissions for a Thailand Pass took weeks.

Yet, as of June 1st, these submissions are being returned within minutes. 

Similarly, on my return trip from Spain, the US re-entry requirements changed. For fully vaccinated travelers, I no longer needed to produce a negative COVID test.

The simplification of regulations like these is making last-minute trips a doable feat for the first time in years. 

If you’ve got the urge to spontaneously hop on a plane to Thailand or elsewhere in the world, now’s the time to do it! 

Act Fast, Because Everybody Wants to Travel the World Now

On the other hand, there are some factors contributing to the finding of last-minute deals being harder than ever. 

In pre-pandemic times, travel was a lot easier in general.  

That’s because travelers were able to snap up great deals on flights, bargain bookings at hotels and even all-inclusive stays at a fraction of the cost. 

However, with the rising costs of flights and hotels, and a surge in demand for travel, finding a last-minute deal might be a challenge this summer. 

We’ve all seen the news reports of overcrowded airports and unhappy travelers. Clearly, the tourism industry is struggling to keep up with the demand to get away. 

This might sound a little bleak, but it’s good to remember that this is the global travel situation for now. As the novelty of travel begins to fade, the chance of finding a bargain will be higher.

And, there are still great budget-friendly destinations for you to keep in mind. 

We are all aware of the benefits that come from any break from normality. 

After two years of comfy pants, Netflix and Zoom meetings, we all want to get out of our heads (and possibly our country!). We need to feel the relief and relaxation that comes from a holiday!

You might like to know that the change of scenery and well-deserved rest is something we’re all craving. At the same time, you might not have the energy to put too much thought into it. 

That’s when being a little spontaneous can really be the best way to travel.

When you take a last-minute trip, you’ll get the perks of your travels minus the pitfalls of the planning. 

With a little money saved up, a valid passport and a working suitcase, you can jump into an adventure.

You can also be confident that the break will do you a whole world of good. 

Benefits of Being Bold: Taking an Impromptu Trip

So, what is there to be gained from being a little more spontaneous in your adventuring? 

A lot! 

In fact, let’s take a look at just a few reasons why packing up and setting off at the last minute is a great idea.

1. You’ll Scoop Up the Bargains

Suffice it to say, there are bargains out there!

It might take some hunting for you to find the deals, especially when it comes to flights.

But when you book last minute the odds of getting a discount are considerably higher. 

This applies to your hotel and event bookings, too.

2.  You’ve Got Time to Spare

Taking a spontaneous trip doesn’t mean you have to leave tomorrow.

Last-minute doesn’t mean you’ll be on a plane in the next few hours.

It can, but it doesn’t need to.

Instead, it might involve traveling in the next month or even later. That’s because some companies might start offering “last-minute” deals quite far in advance.

So, don’t stress about “spontaneous” meaning that you must leave this afternoon. (However, even that can be fun and stress-free with some practice!)

3. Travel is Fun!

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that travel is so much fun!

Leaving a little bit to chance to see where the adventure will take you – the adrenaline rush is real!

And, don’t underestimate the surge of self-confidence that you’ll feel, too.

You can cast aside your concerns and find joy in the unexpected!

4. No Need to Overthink It

When you take a last-minute-trip, it doesn’t give you any time to stress or overthink.

When you book and plan far in advance, it only gives you more time to sweat the small stuff. 

Inevitably, you’ll end up overpacking as you analyze every little situation that may or may not crop up on your trip.

All this stress is circumvented when you take a risk and book last minute. 

5. You Can Embrace the Challenge

Taking a spontaneous trip is a great challenge to sink your teeth into.

The sudden need to prepare for a trip and being a little unsure of your destination is a great motivator! You will find the emotional, mental, and physical challenge allows you to overcome your anxieties.

This challenge is going to be for your benefit.

That’s because you’ll undoubtedly learn and grow as an individual from the whole experience. 

Plus, being able to pivot and adjust to uncertainties is an expert travel skill. If you ask me, that can be half the fun!

You’ll also likely discover unexpected rewards when you haven’t over-planned and over-scheduled your trip in advance.

6. You’ll Check Off Your Bucket List Destinations

Traveling last minute removes the element of procrastination.

Even your dream destination is easy to put off as you navigate plans with friends or work commitments.

Endeavoring to keep your spontaneous spirit alive will allow you to be on the lookout for last-minute deals. Then you can get that dream trip ticked off the bucket list… finally!

7. You Will Enjoy a Much-Needed Break

When you seize the opportunity of impromptu travel, it will give you the break you evidently need. If you have the urge to travel in the first place, then that’s a sign you need to.

An unplanned, spontaneous trip will allow you fully embrace the experience without the exhaustion of over-planning.

That way, you come back from your adventure fully rested and ready to tackle whatever waits for you at home.

And that’s something you might be worried about too: What about the jobs that need doing on the house, or the garden fence that needs painting, or the car appointment you need to book?

Rest assured, all of this will still be there when you get back home.

However, after the refreshing break that comes from a spontaneous trip, you will be more than ready to face anything that might be causing your anxiety now. 

Final Thoughts on Spontaneous Travel

So, if you’re having hesitations about booking that great deal or taking up an unmissable travel opportunity, let it go.

The fact is, you can feel confident taking the trip! Hopefully, these benefits were the justification you needed to hear.

Next Steps

If you’re looking for more information to help you with a last-minute trip, check out these resources next:

Have a great time!

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

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