Sometime into your university life, you will sign up to be stuck in a bus for a number of hours with people you may or may not know. You will sign up for your phone running out of power, no Internet for ages and what not. However, despite everything youwill have the best time of your life. Here are a few things to keep in mind to brace yourself for your first university trip:
1. That one annoying person
As the legend goes, there is always at least one person on every trip who everyone wishes they could have left behind. Find it hard to believe? I did too. Until it happened to me.
This person is everyone’s Boggart. Their quirks can range from having loud obnoxious discussions about global issues while everyone is attempting to catch some Zzzzs, asking “ARE WE THERE YET” every 10 minutes and stressing upon how much they need sanitizer right now.
Road trips pe bhi elitist banna zaruri hai?
2. Expand your repertoire of item songs
Considered yourself an expert on even the wackiest of Bollywood tracks? Not anymore. Somewhere in between Beat Pe Booty to Shake That Biscuit Baby, you will lose the ability to get scandalized as you attempt to process exactly which drugs the producers were on when they decided to mass market these nuggets of perversion. Censor board, what’s good?
3. What travelling is really like outside of your iPhone screen (or Android, more power to us)
Welcome to the less glamorous side of travelling. Travelling isn’t all aesthetic Instagram photos and comfortable resorts. You will use public washrooms, eat stale sandwiches, sleep on upright bus seats and discover the bittersweet, humbling realization of how vast the world is when you step out of your own head. And how much you still have to learn.
4. The Art of Packing Light by Mhm Szu
As you rifle through your bags for the important stuff and curse @ yourself for packing 5 outfits and 4 lipsticks, know that The Art of Packing Light can only be perfected through experience. You will very quickly realize that there are very few things you really need as you pose in front of temples and shenanigan at highway stops.
5. There will be a music controversy
File this one under “first world problems”. There is a better chance of Donald Trump’s rants being coherent than everyone agreeing on what music to play. One group will want to sing along to Taylor Swift while the other demands to play Kaala Chashmafor the 12th time.
6. New friends
Being in forced proximity with so many people really offers an opportunity to get to know many of them. And yourself. You will depend on a hippie and a hipster to keep you safe while doing a semi-dangerous waterfall jump at Kohala. It’s stunning how fast you develop deep relationships somewhere between singing your heart out to Closer and complaining about that one annoying person.
7. You will pay to use the toilet at service stations.
First time for everything.
You will take a truckload of snacks. And eat them all barely 2 hours into the trip.
9. DSLR displays for all your social media validation needs.
There is always someone with a DSLR. “Candid” photos against exotic backdrops? Check check check.
10. Finish that book
That book you always wanted to read but just couldn’t find the time to finish?? Bring it along. When the music’s turned down and that one annoying person has surrendered to exhaustion, go on your own adventure as the greenery flies by you.
Unless you travel through the GT road where you can grab doodh patti from the well-known Mian Jee hotel, your best bet at a passable cup of slightly over-priced chai is the nearest McDonalds.