Well, the most common expected question when you finish your graduation or college course is, 'What are your future plans?'.
Though some of us do not mind the dart, it remains to be a challenge at times.
For all you know, instant responses may not occur all the time. Due to unexpected situational hazard, you may not be in a position to answer the question, thoughtfully.
Honestly, I'm thinking about that question myself:
This could be the simplest justification! You're actually being honest and at the same time, being expressive about your next move. This is absolutely normal. May be you are unwilling to draw your career graph at the moment.
Considering your options still. Planning to count on all advises from your seniors or your educators. Communicate clearly that you are surely not aimless. If you aren't ready for the buck business yet, then you better don't say it!
I'm taking some time off to myself OR I've got freelancing on my mind:
People who want to hear something from you, would just want to hear it out. That's alright. The point here is, that you have a valid point - taking time off OR freelancing.
So, it doesn't really matter on what you would be freelancing on, or where you would be going, unless you're very sure on doing so. Stay confident. Pinch of assurance to look for the mountains, could be lurking around the corner. But for now, you are just being yourself. Say it out loud.
Q for Q: What do you think about world peace:
If you are convinced that you do not have a readymade answer yet, then have some readymade questions to shoot, for questions. Some folks just don't listen to the truth. Well, it doesn't matter. Keep some weird cross questions ready to throw. But you've got to be little smart in playing this game. Guess the Q.
The moment someone begins to ask you 'the Q', you've got to shoot back with a uniquely weird question. Some questions are like, 'What is most craziest thing that you've done in life?' or, 'Do you like politics?' or, 'What's your favourite pass-time', etc.
Being Blunt: I Do not have an answer for that question yet:
You have it right. Honesty pulls up a lot of confidence. So, you must try. For all you expect, two things are bound to happen. Firstly, the other person may feel guilty and may be unwilling to continue the conversation.
Secondly, he/she may just turn the table to another point of discussion, agreeing to stay on the same page. In both cases, there are no chances for you to feel terrible. Because you were honestly blunt enough to be truthful and your answer was straight forward.
I'm in between commitments:
This could be a hard one on the hearer though. But it works for sure. If the other person is too keen on hearing out your commitments, you may want to say something like, 'it's kind of personal' or 'would you mind if I do not share it right now?' or 'I'm not in a position to talk about it, I'm sorry'.
This would put an end to 'what's your next plan?' deal. This response is however considered mature.