The Value of Detailed Advance Planning
There are many veteran travelers who are likely to scoff at the idea of creating anything resembling an itinerary, and there is indeed something to be said for the potential fun and excitement inherent in an approach to traveling that favors complete improvisation. However, a failure to plan ahead often leads to unexpected and excessive spending, and those who are able to remain within their budget often find that the improvisational approach is not necessarily the most efficient way to spend their travel dollars.
With a detailed plan in place, a traveler is able to budget in a way that accounts for every possible contingencyand allocates funds specifically for any unexpected expenses that may happen to arise. It also ensures that travelers do not just blindly turn over their credit card again and again while on vacation only to discover upon returning home that they have accrued substantial credit card debt as a result.