Water meeting shoreline

The "No Plan" Plan


Imagine clicking “book” to that flight destined for an unfamiliar place or pointing to a spot on the map and saying “Let’s go there!”, only to jump in the car and actually go.

Does that thought make you nervous? Uncomfortable? Maybe it excites you—and it should!

When was the last time you took some time to explore without a plan, simply for the sake of exploring?


Running towards water

“When we arrived in Hawaii, there wasn’t much of a plan besides syncing up with good company—friends both old and new. We wanted to allow for flexibility and make room for the unexpected because I’ve found, that’s when the best things tend to happen.”
-Greg Balkin


Greg Balkin and Adam Wells are no strangers to traveling the globe. From weekend excursions in their backyard of the Pacific Northwest to month-long road trips across New Zealand, Adam and Greg are true advocates of living life to the fullest and exploring the outdoors with friends.   

What is new and different for them is the concept of the “no plan” plan. It’s easy to come up with a list of reasons why you can’t do something or why taking a few days to go x, y, and z simply wouldn’t work out.

But, sometimes all it takes is a spur of the moment idea, rallying your compadres and using your travel miles to do something simply for the sake of doing it – no prior experience, no permission or reasoning and absolutely no schedule. Take a breath of fresh air – figuratively and literally.

A weekend camping trip, a road trip, or a far off destination – ditch the excuses, assemble your tribe and make it happen. Your adventure doesn’t have to be thousands of miles away from home to have fun, but then again, why the hell not?

Follow along as a group of friends allow themselves to do something for the sake of doing it.

Sunset views

“Welcome to Oahu, Hawaii. Home of massive shore breaks, endless poke bowls, waterfalls on top of waterfalls, dense jungles to explore, and towering peaks that divide the island in two. It also happens to be the perfect place to escape to without a plan.”

The next time you’re thinking about taking a vacation, we encourage you to throw your plan out the window.  After spending a week in paradise, we found that there are amazing benefits that only come from traveling without a plan.


slack lining
climbing hilltops

Freedom of Choice

We chose to travel to Hawaii in the spring, knowing that the weather can be somewhat temperamental. More often than not, our days revolved around the always changing weather. Warmer days were a good excuse to venture towards the beach in search of cool water and palm trees with ample shade. When the breeze shifted and a mid-day rainstorm rolled through, we’d head for the jungle and get lost for hours.

Having the flexibility to pick up and try something new when one activity wasn’t meeting our needs felt good.


The Adrenaline of Spontaneity

Step outside your comfort zone by jumping at opportunities that present themselves –  whether it be cliff diving or slack lining on the beach. Let go of being in control of what happens.  

We hiked to swimming holes, went diving below waterfalls, tried slack lining, and hiked to the highest points to watch the sun go down.

As the sun slowly crept its way below the horizon, we head for the hilltops. Once on top, we were greeted with a birds eye view of the incredible landscape below. The sea held our gaze till the sun finally set.


Childlike Curiosity

When was the last time you did something just for the fun of it? Channel your inner curiosity and let it get the best of you. You never know what you might find around the corner.

We found endless beach views, volcanoes, and adventure.

jungle and waterfalls

“It wasn’t until our week in Hawaii was up, that I realized how much I needed this trip. I’m hoping to make this a more routine part of my life - whether it be a weekend road trip, a night under the stars in my backyard or jumping on a plane to Hawaii, I’m looking forward to letting my inner kid have a bit more fun again.”


Photos by Adam Wells and Greg Balkin. Words by Greg Balkin of Yeehaw Donkey.


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