3 Ways to Start an Excursion on the Wrong Foot

Excursions and What Not To Do:

By @cathiegomez

[ SEE THE INSTA HIGHLIGHT OF THE SURF CAPITAL PUNTA LOBOS CHILE: HERE ]

[ SEE THE INSTA HIGHLIGHT OF THE ADORABLE PICHILEMU, CHILE: HERE ]

Impromptu trips and spontaneous adventures are dreams propagated by media platforms throughout the Internet. This wanderlust idea is a marketing campaign that has millennial and gen-y consumers pursuing the oh-so-coveted expendable income. The reality, however, of this genre of trips is an anxiety akin to adrenaline, and specific to decisions made from impulse and executed by the skin of your teeth. As a constant participant in these exhausting situations, I can testify to nausea that ensues, that unlike the filter perfect pictures don’t make for a great keepsake. If you plan to pursue these types of endeavors, or *gasp* are currently involved in them, let me tell you a tale that I hope will comfort you when you find yourself knee deep in self-loathing because you misplaced that, went the wrong way there, and lost x amount of money.

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From the other side, currently an aisle seat in a bus weaving through sunset painted hills with smudgy windows, I hope this next part consoles you. Here are three ways you can start an excursion on the wrong foot. First, you should most definitely decide very late in the sign-up process that you would be going on the excursion. In this case a surfing beach extravaganza on the coast of Chile, in a beach town called Pichilemu. First, make sure to give yourself as little preparation and packing time as possible. In a very university-esque manner the day before, or if at all possible a couple of hours before will do just fine! When packing in said time bracket, don’t ask for an itinerary because then it won’t be as fun to guesstimate when you’re over/under packing for the surprise activities. I prefer to over pack so when I’m late and in pursuit of my transportation, in this case, a three-hour long bus ride, I am as weighed down by bags, sweaty, and uncomfortable. This is the ideal situation because then you’re not only stinky but also an inconvenience for your bus partner. (Also, bonus pro-tip, buy a ridiculously impractical food to eat during the trip to your location, like a salad with a separate dressing and a very flaky chocolate croissant.) Second, refuse to ask the trip coordinator for an elaboration on the ticket purchasing instructions, and instead opt for guessing and buy a trip to the desired location that leaves from a completely different terminal than the one your group has agreed to leave from. This is a great plan of action because it allows you to do away with some superfluous cash by buying a second trip, and therefore shed some of the extra weight from your wallet. Third, and definitely most important, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT buy a return trip on the same bus as your group because then you won’t experience the thrill of the pending anxiety waiting for you on your trip back as you guess what bus you’re taking and where your terminal is. Hope you find this list helpful in planning the most spontaneous excursion possible! Just kidding, the moral to this sarcastic list is, no matter what you mess up, the excursion WILL develop you as a human and expand your abilities as an independent being. Enjoy the baby’s laughter on the bus, the camaraderie of your trip mates, the amazing scenery you’re taking in from the seat that no matter what, you made it to! Congratulations, you are on an excursion and you’re inevitably growing as a person. Enjoy!

MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS AT THE TOP TO SEE HOW ABSOLUTELY AMAZING THE TRIP TURNED OUT!!

– Cat

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