How to Survive a Vacation with Friends
By Elizabeth Barrera
It’s summertime which means the sun’s out, day parties are hitting us from left and right, and alcohol probably is too. I don’t know about you all, but I happen to have a pretty intimate group of friends who love taking advantage of the summer’s blessings: people in bathing suits, day parties, alcohol, and amazing weather. But then again, who doesn’t like the thought of being sun kissed in their bathing suit while holding a margarita in their hand? Going on vacation with friends, specifically, is extremely fun. I just returned from my trip in San Diego, CA, and I learned a few things I think everyone else can benefit from. Let’s check them out:
1. Mentally prepare yourself for what’s coming while on your flight. The amount of preparation usually depends on the group of friends you’re going with. I was traveling to San Diego for a birthday weekend celebration. In my case, I had to mentally prepare myself for lots of drinking and little sleep. My mental preparation mostly consisted of telling myself what to expect, and that I would be okay (or so I thought).
2. Drinking Gatorade before drinking alcohol will save you. I really didn’t think this would work, but it actually did. Unless it was because most of the day was spent drinking, so there was almost no time for a hangover. Either way, I’m sure the electrolytes in the Gatorade had to do some real saving. Regardless, drinking a Gatorade after a night’s out is the most refreshing thing ever.
3. Going to a pool party? Wear sunscreen. Two of my girls went to a pool party while my lame self stayed at our Airbnb because I was exhausted. Lil John was performing and it looked like they were having a blast. However, when they returned, their bodies were red. I didn’t feel so bad about going to the pool party then. But people, please remember the importance of putting sunscreen on. Sure, you may be in the water most of the time, or the sun may not be hitting you directly for the most part, but never underestimate the power of the sun. You’ll regret it later, trust.
4. Try to make friends with the bouncers, security guards, and bottle service staff. There’s nothing better than having plugs for the whole weekend. It may be a little harder for you men to pull some plugs like these, but it’s definitely not impossible. In fact, we didn't flirt to get ourselves into all the events for free. All we did was ask them of anything fun going on that weekend and exchanged numbers. Let them know you’re in town and trying to have a good weekend, and they’ll take care of you. We used this method the entire weekend and got nothing but positive results. Feels pretty good to have plugs actually, and your friends will be thanking you from saving them $80 and a ridiculous 2-hour wait in line.
5. Too tired? Suck it up. Do not linger around in your Airbnb or hotel room because you didn’t want to go where everyone else is going. You didn’t pay all that money to go sit in another room just a few thousand miles away from your home. Don’t like where everyone else is going? Cool, don’t go. But don’t waste precious time either. If your vibe is to go lay on the beach with a beer in your hand, then go do that. You’re grown and don’t need anybody holding your hand.
Here’s a final tip: Do research on local restaurants, bars, and sights prior to going on your trip. Doing this will help you navigate your way around much better and probably save you some time, plus you’ll get to try the best restaurants and bars in town and actually see which ones are more of your type of vibe (make sure to Yelp everything). Sight-seeing isn’t an absolute must, but it makes your trip more memorable. At least you’ll know what places to visit the next time you’re in town in case you didn’t get around to them the first time.