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Get trippin’

By Retro Penguin On July - 28 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS
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Everybody who has seen ‘The motorcycle diaries‘ and ‘Road trip‘ wants to go take a trip down and have some fun. All the clucks, who haven’t seen the movies go watch it, NOW! (Road trip – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215129/ ; The motorcycle diaries – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462/ ). The story of young Ernesto Guevara taking a trip around South America to find himself has inspired scores to take a trip of their own to find their inner self; for the others, who are just looking for some fun, take a leaf out of  ‘Road trip‘ where four friends take off on an 1800 mile road trip.

“What we had in common – our restlessness, our impassioned spirits, and a love for the open road” – Ernesto Che`Guevara

Trips are synonymous with friends and bonding. Once in late teens, nobody wants to travel with their parents anymore. Being on their own with friends has always been fascinating, which actually brings out the responsible part of oneself  while constantly looking out for each other because otherwise things can go wrong. That is what happened to a 22-year-old engineering student from Hyderabad, Aditya Reddy, who was on a trip to Goa along with two of his friends. He died at a primary health centre at Candolim. It was later learnt that he died of drug overdose after he went to a rave party.

Getting the location right. Photograph Credit : Sriram Vishwanath

Getting the location right. Photograph Credit : Sriram Vishwanath

Also one learns to prioritize expenses and manage them effectively. All this sounds really pompous but not if we tell how to plan a fun trip from the scratch.

First select the destination. Research is the mantra here. If a bunch of guys are looking for a trip a` la ‘Dil Chahta Hai‘ , they sure don’t want to end up in a temple in Kerala wearing a mundu wondering what just hit them. Look for a place with a lot of adventure sports if the gang involved is of a sporty kind. If one is just looking to take a break from hectic life, then look for a peaceful and low profile place with no crowds.

Plan the trip well in advance to avoid last minute disappointments. If travelling by air, booking the tickets in advance will save a lot of moolah. Off-season trips prove easy on the pocket but make sure not to land up in the rainy season.

Accomodation obviously has to be reasonable yet comfortable. Again, reasearch well. Find a hotel/resort that fits the budget and is centrally located and close to most of the spots one wants to visit.

Male-bonding. (In the completely straight way). Picture credit : Varun Ahuja

Male-bonding. (In the completely straight way). Picture credit : Varun Ahuja

Make an itinerary so that nothing one wants to do in the trip is missed out, because trips don’t happen very often.

Don’t carry a lot of luggage ‘coz luggin’ around bags that weigh as much as Rambha is definitely not a to-do in trips. Pack all necessaries and make sure to pack the underwear.

Always carry identification papers and emergency numbers in case the policemen decide one has a striking resemblance to Osama Bin Laden’s thirty third cousin.

Do keep a tab on expenses and spend wisely ‘coz otherwise, one can get broke without knowing it. Ideally make a list of expenses at the end of every day. Sharpen the bargaining skills and take a pointer or two from the talented Mommy ‘coz prices are inflated at tourist spots to dupe innocent tourists. Also, find out in advance from a trusted source or a local on how much to pay a cab for the distance one is traveling. Don’t be the bakra.

Don’t ogle at a local or a tourist. The local chick might just have a big big brother or a really scary dog that she might let loose. The tourist on the other hand might just curse or worse, complain to the authorities. “I was looking at this really cute woman outside my resort and before I knew it, I was being ganged up by her ‘friends’, who were really big! I was apparently looking a li’l too hard!”, says Ratin, a third year CBIT student, who recently took a trip to Goa with his friends. Girls, don’t hoot at that hot latino guy just out of the sea, he might not appreciate that very much although he wouldn’t come to confront or complain!

Don’t wear the Indian-ness on your sleeve by peeing on every lamp-post or monument just to leave a reminder about one’s presence. This also holds good for graffiti, which by the way is called “defacing” a monument and could get one into serious trouble.

Choose carefully on where to eat unless you want to spend your holiday sleeping beside the bathroom.

Choose carefully on where to eat lest the holiday is spent sleeping beside the bathroom. Credit: Retro Penguin

A very important point to keep in mind is to watch what to eat and that doesn’t go just for the calorie count. Make sure to find clean places to eat and try not to experiment much unless the place is famous for it.

Tourist spots are riddled with camouflaged “escort services”. Dont fall in the trap. These “services” are illegal and are more commonly known as prostitution, which is a punishable offence in India.

Small things matter a lot sometimes, this being one of them. Carry first-aid in case of injuries and medicines for other emergencies. Recharge the cell phone and make sure to have enough money on it to make calls in case of  trouble. Pack sun-screen if going to the beach ‘coz otherwise one would come back with the face resembling a skinned chicken.

One might think, one knows all of this but a LOT of people forget the most basic stuff and come back grumbling like the neighbor’s dog just did a Jonty Rhodes style leap at their favorite club sandwich!

So go ahead and plan an amazing trip. Dont forget to send us pictures!  :-)

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