Of impulsive plans and random stories…
Handing over the writing baton to Amit (the silent half of Lyf&Spice) for sharing his random thoughts on travelling casually and enjoying impulsive trips. You must have read his piece on 8 Tips to Travel Smart.
Over to him…
There are really no travel tips for catching up with friends. If they understand you, you can make random plans and they will always work well. If they go bad, they will turn into the craziest and best memories ever.
Well, if you are someone who follows an extensive itinerary and sticks tight to your plans, don’t bother reading it as I’m quite sure it won’t be worth your time. I have been travelling and planning my travels well for quite a few years. I am not saying I would be giving out the best thoughts, but some can be worth a shot.
1. Just book your tickets:
If you are travelling with a group of friends, what I realized is that none of them are free at the same time and that becomes quite a plan. It requires a constant push, meeting them a few times and chatting up. Just make a quick group on WhatsApp to do all the planning. Well, one sure way of overcoming these planning activities is to just go ahead and book the tickets and the place where you want to go stay. Finance-wise it might be a bit on the steeper side, but hey, you are getting to spend quality time with your friends, so don’t think twice. I have done that earlier – got on the laptop, booked tickets and mailed my friends. They couldn’t say ‘no’ to that. Hah!
2. Go on a cumulative car-load:
Something even better which we tried and were successful in managing was: calling my ex-roommate and asking what was he up to. Since he didn’t have anything planned for the night, he drove down to my place, picked me up (rather dumped me in the car) and drove to another friends place. This way we managed to pick up a few more friends, and guess what? Such impromptu plans always work and they are the ones friends yearn for. We finally drove to Jaipur (from New Delhi) to catch up with our buddy and made him pay for the massive breakfast, got him back to Delhi with us for 6 hours 😉 and set him free…
3. Don’t pack, just go:
Another drive which is close to my heart was also an unplanned one. My friends told me that if I don’t come with them they might go for the hit and run style (trust me, they were serious as I had ditched them twice earlier). Imagine vanishing from the world for 10 days and going into a mountainous terrain with no jackets – it snowed and I cursed them, kicked them and made stronger bonds.
These random thoughts are just to reaffirm my belief that not all travel can be planned and the spirit to travel with close ones must win over your PLANNING once in a while.
Indicator, PK & RSB – waiting for the next trip
Palta for the Stella, Deba for the company, Sharma for the expensive breakfast, Das (still contemplating if you were around)
Nishu for scaring me into the trip, Negi for stocking my fuel
Happy travels! Cheers – Amit
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