When Spontaneous Travel Does Work
Contrary to my previous post on when its doesn't suit. There are times when spontaneous travel does have surprising results. Often when arriving at a destination you can get encouragement and ideas for other travellers that you meet on your epic journey.
If you're using backpackers then you are more likely to get ideas for other travellers. And the hostel "library" usually a pile of books is littered with travel guides left by other travellers that have since moved on to the next city. Sometimes you are even fortunate enough to meet locals and use some local wisdom of where to go next.
I have been fortunate enough to have had both experiences while travelling. Both are quire valuable for very different reasons. Of course it can very to what time of year you and also where you go. Some places have different attitudes to tourism and travellers. Some love to meet internationals and other loathe tourism. I have even met Kiwis that even list their favourite nationalities by number.
Other travellers are useful as they are in your shoes and more likely to find places that would appeal to you. Such as suitable hiking routes, landmarks and other places. The local knowledge that can come from many years or even decades of living in some place. The odd experience comes from hearing about expats from your own country and hearing their reasons for migration.
Of course there are many out there to help with your travels. But the most effective is meeting other people that in the same area or have already had the experience recently. As places can change since guidebooks are written. Especially as their is a recession at the moment.
There are some interesting results, and some great experiences to be had from spontaneous travels. It is after all the spirit of backpacking.