What you learn traveling without a plan

I've been following Mr Bingo for years now — he's an artist who does whatever he pleases (having decided to stop taking client work and instead just do whatever amused him). 

I've got a few pieces from him, including this tea towel (bought when I was still angry at those who bought about the fundamental, awful change to the UK that is Brexit), and his concrete gravestone reminding me to have fun — something I need to listen to more. 

Anyway, all of this is to say that Mr Bingo took last year (2023) off — and instead just went traveling, with no plan. It's a serendipitous approach to seeing the world that I'd like to replicate. 

He's recently just shared a bunch of observations from his travels (55 to be precise) and they're worth checking out I'd say. Who doesn't like a list. 

Here are a few that spoke to me:

  • The wrong decision is better than no decision.
  • The limited options of a village can be kinder to your brain than the often stressful ‘choice paralysis’ of a city.
  • It’s nice to spend your money while you’re alive rather than constantly save for an uncertain future.
  • If you go travelling for a year, you might not ‘find yourself’ but you will certainly find out quite a few things about yourself.
  • There is no such thing as a boring person, you just don’t know how to extract the right information from them.