here are my two centavos:
i'm heading out for a small tour of western europe, leaving october 15, 2003.
i bought my tickets back in march - you know what - i feel like i've already been on that trip - twice!
of course i only speak for myself here, and i am a novice backpacker, at best - but i really just wore myself out with all the planning i have done. damn, not to mention some of the purchases i made - for instance, i bought, because the weather will be quite cold when i arrive, a rain coat and a warm fleece for the trip about 3 months ago - now that same shit is on sale nearly half off!
-in the end-
i say: do plan in advance - especially if you're going i the height of tourist season (BOOK ACCOMODATION!), but also be chill with it. go with the flow and think of the unexpected stuff that might happen to you as a result as part of the adventure - at least that's what i'll do for my next trip - chill.
shit, i know a lot of this has to do with the current economic/political situation - but even the ticket i bought in march $640 r/t ... i could buy today for $589 - no joke!
bend over to the front and touch your toes
bounce that ass up and down and get low...