Keep It Sane
Look, let’s be real here. You’re presumably headed off to parts unknown to party, get laid and generally have an amazing time. You’re probably going to be more concerned about how to get into that party you kept hearing about than you are about getting mugged. But booze will be flowing and guards will be down and there will be people who’re willing to take advantage of that. So you want to take care.
Always have a way of getting in touch with your friends. This means keeping your cellphone on, charged and on you at all times. You and your friends should be able to get in contact at a moment’s notice for any reason whether it’s practical – “Hey dude, we’re all headed to Del Taco!”, to let them know where you are or where you’re headed – “Yeah, I’m going back to the room. Don’t come back for at least an hour and a half.” or in case of emergency – ” Where the hell are you? Miranda’s starting to puke like crazy, we need to get her to the hospital.” The world doesn’t need another “dumb college student on vacation disappears” news story.
If you get separated from your friends – deliberately or otherwise – always have a way of getting back to your room under your own power. You don’t want to be reliant on strangers, especially if they have a vested interest in keeping you around. Keep a stash of emergency taxi fare on you at all times, as well as a card with the address on it in case you’re too damn drunk to be able to explain where you’re going to the driver.
Keep an eye on your drinks and how much you’ve had. This is especially true for women. Never let your drink out of your immediate control, nor should you drink anything you did not get yourself or was not prepared in front of you. It’s equally important to pace yourself and keep track of how many drinks you’ve actually had. No matter how convinced you are that you know exactly how drunk you are… you’re probably much drunker. The easiest way to keep it under control is to drink a glass of water – not soda, not tonic, water – for each drink, including shots. On the one hand you may feel like some sort of loser for pacing yourself. On the other, you won’t wake up the next day to find a someone you don’t know sleeping next to you… or in a pile of your own vomit for that matter.
Take Some Chances
Now that I’ve told you to be sane… well, it’s time for you to get a little nuts.
Y’see, I’m a firm believer that when you’re young, your life should be all about collecting stories and experiences. And this means being willing to step outside of your comfort zone and try things you’ve never done before. Maybe you have an opportunity to go snowmobiling. Maybe it’s a day trip to go snorkeling in crystal blue water above a coral reef. Maybe it’s a chance to go skydiving or parasailing or a tour of the Thai jungle on elephant-back. Regardless of what it is, this is your chance to go out and try something you might never do otherwise. When in doubt, you want to err on the side of adventure.
And while you’re out there having adventures… well, it’s time to break out of your shell a little. Experiment some with who you want to be, not who you are.
Chances are if you’re a regular reader of my column, you’re a little shy, introverted or you have a harder time talking to people you’re attracted to. And yet now that you’re on vacation, it’s the perfect time to make the effort to break through your self-imposed shell. After all, you don’t know anyone here. Nobody’s going to care – or even remember – if you stumble on your approach. You’re in a perfect position to try to talk to people you’re attracted to with almost no consequences! Even if you get shot down, who cares? These are all people you’re not likely to ever see again. You can roll on and try again somewhere else without feeling as though this one mistake is going to follow you forever.
Plus, it’s Spring Break! Everybody is out there looking to meet people and have a good time! Just by being there, they’re more open to being approached and making a new friend.
If you don’t take a chance, you never know what you might miss out on. And you’re in the perfect postion to try.
So take a chance. Make it a spring break you’ll never ever want to forget.