When you travel, don’t make any plans.
Because you’ll have a more interesting story to tell. No one wants to hear how you planned out every detail of your trip.
They want to hear how you got lost and how you figured it out. And believe me, you’ll figure things out the hard way.
That’s why the TV show, “The Amazing Race” is so popular. People land in the middle of these countries and they either sink or swim. You’ll watch them chase down a taxi and fail miserably as they try to reach their goal.
You’ll be rewarded
When you push yourself into these situations, the knowledge that you gain sticks with you and is always readily available. Anytime I’ve taken the hard road in life I’ve been rewarded tremendously. These are the building blocks of character and fortitude that will stick with you from years on down the line.
Getting lost in Tokyo
Speaking from experience, I got lost in Tokyo and missed my last train. My phone died. And I had no idea where to find a place to sleep.
I found a convince store and managed to charge my phone. From there it was a series of dealing with worthless taxi drivers, rain, and trying to find a place that wasn’t booked. It’s a long story.
Never make plans
I just show up to an airport and see what happens. I didn’t have any plan when I went to Japan. I just knew I wanted to teach English. So I interviewed in America and got my papers and visa.
When I got to Narita Airport–despite not being able to read or understand Japanese, I managed to get to the town that was a few hours away from Tokyo. Once I got to the hotel I had several misunderstandings with the hotel staff because I thought they were trying to kick me out by taking my key. I learned several lessons that month.