Anatomy of an Imaginary Road Trip

It creepily crawls into your brain without you even realizing it until it’s too late. You are unsuspectingly watching a movie, where you see some good-looking actors playing friends and going on a road trip of their lifetime. Gorgeous landscapes, fun and frolic, laughter, tears,  pretty people falling in love with other pretty people, and life changing epiphanies inundate your brain all in a matter of couple of hours. “Wanderlust” has infected you and you find your hand moving towards your phone. On your phone, there are groups with names similar to “College FRNDZ”, “School buddies”, “BFFs for life”. Come on; don’t pretend you do not know what I am talking about. You open a group, and “wanderlust” decides to spread through your phone to your friends. It begins with the message, “Hey, let’s go Goa this long weekend yaar. Let’s have fun yaar. Life is too boring yaar. Everything sucks yaar. Lets party yaar.”

Your unaware friends going about their routine check that message and catch “wanderlust” from you, the patient zero. You get a bunch of replies from group members about how awesome your suggestion is. Your suggestion gets so much appreciation as if you are the first in the world to ever think of such a beautiful thing. Your friends start planning on some another level. Things are getting discussed, accepted, rejected, applauded, and ridiculed all in the span of a day or a couple of days since you last mentioned the idea of going on a trip. You feel like a visionary leader who came up with such an innovative idea. Your group is brimming with new energy and hope for a memorable weekend getaway.

And then without you realizing, the inevitable happens. Your friends, who were possessed by “wanderlust” start falling like dominoes. It starts with one friend backing out of the trip, and then one after the other the entire group backs out. Their excuses feel like stabs to you. After all, you were that genius leader who came up with the idea of the century and your friends a.k.a. followers had agreed to follow your lead. In the end, when you and that “friend” you do not like enough are the only ones braving the effects of anti-wanderlust, you give up on the idea of a memorable trip that the movie was teasing you with. You go back to your bed and decide to do nothing for yet another weekend. And the vicious cycle of failed attempts to bless some destination with your presence repeats.

Listen to me when I say that grab every damn opportunity to travel by the forelock. And please, do not travel just for the sake of posting pictures and check-ins on social media. Do not expect every trip to go perfectly as planned. Let spontaneity take over sometimes. Learn, explore, feel, think, and have a lot of fun during your adventures. Do not become a prisoner of “what ifs”, and take the plunge to create exhilarating memories. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Go ahead, start badgering your friends or family to go on some trip. If they still don’t give in, find some new people you can go with or just go by yourself. The imaginary road trip deserves to turn into reality and you deserve to stay infected by "wanderlust" to feel alive.