Do all your trips go as you planned? Well, my initial answer would have been “No!”. But this time, it actually did go the way I planned it & also took a little help from my friend who’s already been to Panchagani.
I realised that I need a break from the usual routine & work, just like everyone else does. But it was at a point where I could just tag along with anyone who was planning on going for a vacation (I just needed a vacay that bad). I didn’t wanna plan much or ask too many people because you know how plans work when there are too many people involved hahah. Infact I was planning to do a solo trip for the first time. Didn’t matter where I had to go, didn’t matter if It wasn’t a great place, all I wanted to do is run away from the city life. I guess you can understand how badly I just wanted to go on a vacation. The other thing that pushed me to do this trip was the fact that I wrote “travel to three places by end of December 2018” in my to do list & if I write something down, I give my best to make sure it happens.
I didn’t want to travel in a stretch from Bombay to panchagani as I would have to board two buses in a day & I have really bad motion sickness. Actually, I used to have but not anymore, let’s keep that story for another time but my motion sickness was so bad that if I sat in a car/bus/taxi for even 15 minutes I would end up puking. So I decided to go to Pune on friday & stay at my friend’s place for the night and then leave for Panchgani the next morning. At first we weren’t sure if we would be taking his car or going by bus, but then we finally considered everything & decided to go by car & trust me that was the best decision we made because it helped us travel wherever & whenever we wanted to. I think it’s always more convenient to have your own vehicle especially in places where you have very little knowledge about local transport.
So we left from Pune at 9 AM as we had to check in at Zostel by 12 PM. This was my first road trip so I was actually more nervous & scared than excited, because of my motion sickness. As we started our journey I was a bit uncomfortable & my head started hurting but as we reached the highway I started feeling a little better & calmer (thanks to Lendl Paul’s driving skills). I think it’s very important on how the person drives. Well actually, that’s the second thing. The first thing about motion sickness is that it’s just in your head and I can say this because I had it & now it just disappeared. Maybe because I stopped thinking of travelling in a bus or car as a problem or being afraid of it. Yes! I hated it that much.