After a quick and unplanned weekend getaway to Germany, I’m talking about the opportunities that arise from being more spontaneous. Here are three possibilities you’ll be missing on unless you learn to embrace spontaneity.
Having just arrived home from a spontaneous weekend getaway to Dusseldorf and Cologne, I got to thinking about the importance of spontaneity. Planning things ahead definitely helps to use your time and resources more wisely and efficiently. Yet, from time to time—you gotta switch off your mind and get into adventure mode. You gotta become more spontaneous. So, why should you learn to embrace spontaneity and just go with the flow?
1) You’ll discover new things
That’s my personal favorite. Being more spontaneous gets you out of your comfort zone. When you encounter new situations, you are given the opportunity to LEARN and discover. Spontaneity broadens your horizons and you get to see things from another perspective. For instance, let’s say you have one favorite restaurant that you ALWAYS go to (you’ve scrolled through my Instagram so you know my current favorite is Mout). Of course, there’s a good chance you’ll meet new people there. However, you’ll probably order the same drinks and meals; perhaps choose to sit in “your” spot. That’s routine. That’s comfortable.
Spice things up a little bit. Browse TripAdvisor for local recommendations or search new places on Instagram. Go to a Chinese restaurant or enjoy traditional Greek choriatiki. Wander around your own town and discover local museums, parks and landmarks. If you can afford it, book a ticket for a destination you’ve never been before. When you embrace spontaneity, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind and respect other cultures.
2) You’ll be more present in the moment
When your mind is not over-occupied with thoughts about the next thing on your schedule, you will become more present in the moment. When you go on a trip, do you follow your list strictly? Having a clear idea of what you want to do is good because you can visit more places. However, you can’t fully enjoy them if you think about the next destination on your list. So, my advice is… just be. Prepare your bucket list in advance but don’t go crazy to complete it all.
Honestly, I’m definitely the spontaneous traveler. During my Erasmus period in Spain, I just woke up one morning and decided to visit Toledo, an ancient town near Madrid. No plan, no nothing. I guess, I should be a little bit more arranged to experience the most of the places I go to. But it’s always fun to go around and just… wander.
3) Your life will become more exciting
Being spontaneous is the easiest way to step out of your daily routine. Don’t you ever get tired of keeping up with calendar app or having the same day over and over again? Spontaneity matters and makes your life more exciting. It can be something as simple as going for a spontaneous evening walk, or having an unplanned picnic in the park nearby. Here’s a list of ideas what to do when you feel stuck in a rut.
If you feel comfortable having your life all planned out, that’s a good reminder. Letting things happen is perfectly okay. The weather’s freaking good but you’ve decided to dedicate your time to more useful tasks. What are you going to do? I say—embrace the spontaneity. Live in the moment. There’s a whole new world of possibilities that opens in front of you.
Just go for it.