So, I tend to hate navigation mode on the phone, especially if I'm the one holding the phone and there is another driver. I'd prefer instead to look at the map with the route and give directions as we go.
Jonas made an astute observation about this, that he suggested that I don't like that in navigation mode you lose context and are just blindly following directions. You're not learning or observing what's going on in the same way, even if sometimes that means you get surprised when an intersection doesn't look as you expect and you make a wrong turn.
It was an appropriately timed observation, as I've been thinking a lot about travel and why I travel.
In particular, I hate planning - partially because we're usually planning things very late so there is a sense of urgency and things are highly limited by what's still available.
But I also am quite reluctant to do "fully planned tours." And, I think that's because, while I don't like trying to figure things out ahead of time from far away, I do like being fully engaged in the experience and making choices about it as I go.
In some ways I feel like the fully catered experiences feel a bit like going to the zoo - there truly are amazing things to see. But, they on display for you so there is little sense of discovery and it can feel like you're checking things off.
Moreover, I often prefer to fully engage in a less obviously awesome experience than to casually engage with a technically more awesome one. For example, one of my favorite experiences in Alaska was the random trail we found with no one else on it that had a million, billion blueberries and led to a most wonderful view. Or, in Malaysia, I loved the day that my Mom, Dad, and Jonas and I went exploring along the shore of our island (even if it meant that we worried the hotel staff because we had to wade on the way back as the tide came in).
So, just as directions optimize for the path that they think is best for everyone, planned trips will often optimize for what they think you want to see (because it's most popular). But, I often want to take a different route, because sometime else is important to me or interesting to me.
Still, it leaves open the question of how to balance taking care of logistics (where to stay, how to get from place to place) while leaving open enough space for exploration.
In summary, I thought Jonas made an interesting point :).