When travelling for a long period of time, such as a year, it’s almost impossible to plan in detail all of the places that you intend to visit. When my girlfriend and I travelled we had a pretty solid idea of all the countries we intended to travel in but we didn’t know exactly where we would go when we got there. Sometimes the decision to visit a specific place comes together slowly and incrementally.
Flores in Indonesia is a good example of this. We had originally intended to travel in Indonesia for 2 weeks. I’d never heard of Flores before setting off on our travels, much less had I any intention of going there. Then at some point, somehow, I started to learn of this place called Flores. Then I hear about some particular sight or activity that draws people in. Then an idea starts to take shape: what if I was to go to Flores? What is there to do there? How would I get there? How long would I need there?
And as the answers to these questions