When I talk about our group trips to people, they always comment on how we all manage to plan our time off from work at the same time in order to go on a break together. But really, timing is of the least concern when planning such a trip. It is easy for people who don’t work at the same place to plan trips together. What really matters is that we share the same lust for travel and adventure. And the more people I meet who are amazed at our teamwork to put together such trips, the more I realize how lucky I am to have friends who are as crazy about travel as I am.
This fact was drilled down to me all the more when last week, when my friend S pinged us (in our whatsapp group chat) cos he was watching Zindagi na Milegi Dubara on TV. It was making him wanna take off on a holiday somewhere! That made me switch channels to the movie as well (for the uninitiated, the movie is about three friends who drive around Spain on their holiday), and watching the movie made me miss my holidays with the gang even more! Our holiday in June seemed like a long time ago and our next big one was too far away to keep me at bay.
S said “Guys! Let’s go somewhere for the long weekend coming up in Dec!” ” I’m iiiiiiiiin!” I chimed in enthusiastically! V and her husband Sp also agreed!! When his wife H said yes as well, S was taken aback! He hadn’t expected so many people to agree, least of all his wife, who is usually the practical one when it comes to such things! :D
We met up on Monday after work to discuss more and decide whether it was “practical” to do this. Of course… practicality was thrown to the winds. Someone said ” zindagi na milegi dubara” (ahem! could have been me, I’m filmier than the rest :P) and we took out our credit cards to seal the deal by booking the tickets. We got home late, after midnight, cos we were feverishly looking up cheap rates for good hotels and cheaper airfares to get us there!
Finally, a week down the line, there are 7 of us plus an enthusiastic toddler (how could she not be?! I’m her fairy god-mom of travel after all!), and we’re off to Nepal for the long weekend! :)
By the time you read this, I should be in Kathmandu, hopefully looking up at the Himalayas and sipping on chai. I’ll be back with updates and pics on the trip soon!
How often do you do something on a whim?
Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum.
Jo apni aankhon mein hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum
The hindi poem is by Gulzar, taken from the movie Zindagi na Milegi Dubara.