Planning happens before and during your travels
some people might think that all the planning happens before you leave, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The planning never stops when you are doing extended travel.
It pays to ask locals and talk to other travellers especially, this is a good reason for staying in backpackers hostels for some of your accommodation. These sorts of travellers are often wise and are always more than ready to share their insights.
Nothing always goes to plan, be prepared for alternatives, plan for them even. Do the “what if’s”, collect some numbers, save some brochures, take some notes, keep other travellers contacts. You never know when you will have to change plans and are not able to remember the details of that “other option” that one of those people you spoke to mentioned
This way you won’t be so rocked when things don’t go as you hoped they would, often times, they will turn out better, when yo0u keep an open mind about it
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”