With all that said, be open to change. Route maps, safety measures, packing plans are all well and good, but you’re likely to see things out on the road you didn’t expect and want to explore. If it doesn’t leave you without gas or take you in to some hazardous situation, go for it. If someone is waiting for an update at home, let them know that plans changed and give them a rough outline for what’s now on the docket. A trip plan may quash the romanticism of simply striking out on the road for destinations unknown, but it’s not a death sentence for adventure. Just be safe, smart, and, most of all, have fun.