For the record Im not just talking about the internet- I mean letters to home, postcards and any mention of your travelling to friends or family. All of this communication carries social benefit. If you family objects to your travel there are friends who admire you, or travelling companions you meet who are impressed with where you have been...
But if travelling is subjective, isnt having a travel itinerary a matter of personal opinion?
If someone is travelling on a very limited time frame and has just 2 weeks off from work for the entire year, sometimes its best to have an itnerary instead of being laissez-faire for those precious 14 days. All of my vacations are time restricted like that.
For example, it would be fun to go to the Big Island of Hawaii and takes things as they come, follow my heart and take it easy. But, I would also get way more out of my 7 days off by scheduling the trip with activities- Sport Fishing, Helicopter Rides, SCUBA diving, kayaking, etc...
When I went to New Zealand, I would have had incredible memories, met cool people and had a good time if I didnt follow an itinerary... but would I have been able to go on 2 days of SCUBA diving, on a all day cave tour, overnight backpacking, all day river rafting, helicopter touring a glacier, canyoning and hot springing in just 13 days? Absolutely not!
I had 4 days in Santiago after my Torres del Paine trip a year ago. I didn't make plans, I met my good friend and hung out around town, went to the zoo, clubs, restaurants, etc... no plans really. then I see blogs on Termas Colinas/El morado, SCUBA diving around Quintero- and think, "Why the hell didn't I go THERE?!" Because i didn't think about it, plan for it, have my bus tickets, etc... For me, some planning gives me the best experience. Some people cant plan for themselves and need an itnerary. I dont ever want to see pictures of a place 8000km away after the fact and then wish i could visit- knowing I was 20 km away from it on vacation but didn't know about it! If you dont have the luxury of an extended piece of time off, each day is precious.
Travelling is whatever we make it- 7 days of sitting at a beach, or 7 days of non stop excitement and activity. If you see some travelling as work, does that make the experience any less valuable than "following your heart?"