Anxious about being whisked away to a surprise destination?

Would you like to go on a journey to a mystery destination?

 

 Beach, mountain, bush or forest?

Beach, mountain, bush or forest?

Who likes surprises?

August is a big month for birthdays especially in our family. We have no fewer than seven family birthdays and at least 13 friend’s birthdays. Looks like it is a popular month. This birthday however, is a big one for me. I’m over the hill! Hubby has decided it’s a great idea to take me even further over the hill, down valleys or up mountains and has planned a mystery road trip.

 Will we be going off road?

Will we be going off road?

It may be 50 km away, it may be 500 km. It's a surprise! By the time you read this I will know my fate but at this stage I have no clue of our destination. Will it be bush, beach, mountain or forest? I’m beginning to suffer from FOMO and dying to know where we’re going. I’m usually the one coming up with ideas and then we’ll narrow it down and decide together where to go. I usually do all the planning and preparation as well.

 Should we chug along and act our age?

Should we chug along and act our age?

Neither do I know what we'll be doing. I'm sure it will be an adventure though. He hasn't told me to pack my passport, so I know it will be somewhere in South Africa, and not our neighbouring countries. Besides, we have an international trip planned for the real celebration of both our birthdays later in the year. Did I have to pack our tent? No! That means I don’t have to do any catering or planning.

 Where will the road take us?

Where will the road take us?

I have been warned to pack some warm clothing, as there is a cold front approaching. Hmmm. There’s a clue! To be honest, not really, because there are quite a few places in South Africa where it will be cold. I’ll keep you posted and tell you all about it, unless we stay in one spot, sit with our feet up and do nothing else. Somehow I doubt that, though.

 Not a bad mode of transport, if it's warm.

Not a bad mode of transport, if it's warm.

 

How about you? Would you enjoy being whisked away on a surprise or mystery trip?

I’m not talking about a total stranger planning a trip for you. Then again, knowing your better half or partner and knowing their personality, would you trust them to plan a secret/mystery trip for you?

Do you have a sunny disposition, or do you suffer from surprise anxiety?

I have a few friends that don’t take kindly to being kept in the dark about where they are going or what they are doing. They want to know the full itinerary; every single detail.

I’m not bothered with that at all. In fact, I quite enjoy having a surprise waiting for me. The anticipation is great. Even if it is only mildly adventurous, I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience.

There are other people though, that go into a total state of panic even if they know where they are going and what they are doing. Travel anxiety is a real thing.

 

 It could take a while to get to your destination.

It could take a while to get to your destination.

 

 

Pros

You don’t have to do any planning. It’s all done for you. What a great way to go on holiday!

You needn’t stress about the trip. You have no idea what to worry about so just let it roll.

Laid back attitude - it’s not your problem, especially when you need a good break, so enjoy the spoil

How high are your expectations? My motto, appreciate it, no matter what it is. It’s an adventure...

 

Cons

You miss out on the planning. Some people love planning. Me!

You miss out on the real in-depth anticipation. I love looking forward to the finer details of trips.

Simply because you’re not in control you would stress. Nah, not me!

Some people reckon surprise holidays are the pits: they don’t know what to pack, do they need to prepare for national or international travel, what about medication such as malaria prophylactics. I think I’ve got that covered – just some personal meds.

Will you be disappointed in the surprise? Only if you have high expectations.

 

I know how I feel. I’m relishing in the delight that this special time is arranged for me. I’m filled with gratitude that someone who cares for me, will want to do this for me. But I do know not everyone thinks the same as me.

 

 What? No fuel?

What? No fuel?

 
 
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