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We asked for readers’ wildest roadtrip stories and we were not disappointed


Hattie’s just discovered that she’s pregnant and then Gloria, Hattie’s great-aunt, comes crashing into her life. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery – Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future…

100% certain

This is a road trip to change all road trips and we asked all of our lovely MP!ers to share their best stories from the road.

Attack by watermelon…

There’s an event that happens every year which called ‘Raphsodia’- you build a raft with your friends from your kibbutz and then cross the Kinneret. My story goes like that… We built the raft and it all went smoothly. Then, in the middle of the Kinneret, a bunch of a**holes from another kibbutz decided to throw at us their watermelons waste (!!) and it happened this year as well! But it doesn’t end here… Oh not at all. Sometime after, we’ve started to notice that we’re not getting to the other side. All the rafts, ours as well, were drifting to the wrong side and then because of the wind that stopped we stopped too! We got stuck in the sea with nothing to do. Until a huge yacht came and ‘saved’ us but then, because it wasn’t able to actually get to the beach- we jumped, and swam to get there! On top of all of this, we had to drive back home… For 8 hours. Instead of getting around midnight, we got home at around 5am.

i carried a watermelon

An unexpected party

Two friends of mine and I went by bus to another city (around two hours from our town). Barbara was taking part in an acting contest with the piece that I wrote. We didn’t win, but it was a nice day. In the evening we got the last bus to our town, so we headed to the station quickly. There it was! And Barbara asked the driver: “How much for the ticket?” He replied something and she took us out, talking that she will not pay 2 dollars more for the ride. This was our last bus! So we had to hitchhike… and here goes funny part! When somebody finally stopped, it was neighbour from our class (who lives in the village a bit far from our town), where we had a party that night ;D

The one with the leather trousers

I once (stupidly) decided to wear leather trousers on one of the hottest days of the year. We then got stuck in roadworks on the dual carriageway for over an hour, and it was probably one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life – I was melting! The ‘Friends’ episode where Ross gets stuck in his leather pants springs to mind…I’ve avoided driving in them ever since.

ross leather trousers

SatNavs and tantrums

When I first got my driving license me and a friend went on a round–Britain trip. We’d only got as far as Bath, it hadn’t stopped raining for 3 days, and having just got back to the car… the SatNav wasn’t working.

Let me be clear: I cannot drive outside my own county without a SatNav and I am NOT a fan of “let’s just drive and see” as a method of getting somewhere.

I cried.

I called my dad (obvs).

I slammed all the car doors in a tantrum and refused to listen to my friend who had pulled the map out.

It was getting dark and as we were travelling on a super tight budget we needed to get to one of the campsites on our list. I sure as hell was not sleeping in the car… again.

I was just about to lob the offending SatNav across the car park when I hear “BING! In 100 yards, turn left.”

What did I learn? That I needed patience. And to have more chill. We made it all the way to Edinburgh and back to Devon without another tantrum.

Hardcore dedication to Miley Cyrus

When I was taking my GCSEs a couple years ago my dad drove me 5 hours from Bournemouth to Leeds for a Miley Cyrus concert (just imagine a 52 year old man sat front row with a bunch of twerking teens okay) and then all the way back through the night, making it home just in time for me to sit my 8:30AM history exam.

No sleep or time to revise and I did it all again a few days later for the London date. Still managed to somehow get an A* in all of them!

thumbs up miley

A tourist’s entertainment

I was once on a long car journey up from the South of France to Newcastle and my friend got caught short on a lonely road in the middle of nowhere. So we stopped by the roadside and my friend started to do her business when a busload of tourists stops nearby and the tourists get off and immediately start taking snaps of her… I will never forget the look on her face. There’s probably a pic of her on some tourists bedroom wall right now.
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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.