Vacations provide the ultimate freedom for the mind, the body and the spirit. Vacations are meant to be an escape from the confines and restrains from the regular world, a place where you can let your inhibitions go and just do whatever comes naturally. Things that normally would be considered inappropriate, you will get away with some of those things on vacation.
We need that escape almost as much as we need food. Without vacations, this world would be filled with insanity and depression.
Even though vacations allow you to be free, some people take the freedom thing a little bit to far. You work hard to take a well-deserved break once or twice a year. It is important that you enjoy it to the fullest. As much as you should have fun and act crazy, moderation is still useful even on vacation. Some people forget that and end up ruining an entire week of vacationing. Here are some of the things they do to ruin that week.
Too Much Sun
The sun is your best friend and your worst enemy on vacation. I know you want to make your co-workers jealous with your impressive tan, but going over board with tanning may result in you spending an entire week in the tropics looking like a lobster (Not Sexy), burnt and miserable, and then spend two months after that week away looking like a chameleon shedding skin. I have seen so many people ruin their vacation the first day of the trip by staying out too long in the sun, forgetting their sunblock, or getting greedy and putting on tanning accelerators. Pace yourselves. You have a few days.
Unlimited booze is a bad idea! Most people have a little bit of self-control but for some, they lose themselves in the free slushy’s’, fancy cocktails and shooters. Yes we know you are here to party but don’t go overboard on the party thing. It’s day one; you may want to ease up a little. Getting hammered to the point of sub consciousness is dumb! I don’t know how else to put it. Not only will you spend the next day in bed puking all over your roommate, you will also spend a fortune on a doctor to come and give you and IV to help you recover from dehydration. Two days or more of your vacation gone and guess what, your trip insurance will not cover you for alcohol poisioning so you are on your own with that $500 bill. It’s not worth it.
I am all for trying new things. Well, maybe that’s a lie; I am a bit of a control freak. However, I support those who are more adventurous, you know, the budgie-jumping kind of people. When you are on vacation though, I do not think it is the time to tryout new things that could result in serious injury. Whether it’s cliff diving, water-skiing, or recklessly riding a Jet –Ski, just remember, spending the rest of your vacation in a wheelchair would suck balls and you do not want that to be you. Do the sissy stuff. They are still fun and at least you will get to see the week through, without pain or agony. Do not succumb to peer pressure. That guy jumps off of cliffs all the time so let him do it. It’s up to you, but I recommend not trying anything new and dangerous. That is if you want to ensure that you leave your vacation safe and happy.
Not only should you not try extreme watersports, I recommend not trying anything extreme. You know what I am talking about. If you are in Jamaica and you want to smoke a joint, go ahead; the worst that will happen to you is that you will end up with the munchies and eat all the cake off the buffet and get 3 hours of extra sleep. As for the other shit, if that is what you do then that is what you do. People like me however; if you do not take anything more than a Tylenol occasionally when you are back home, DO NOT TRY any new pharmaceuticals that were not prescribed by your doctor. I have seen a lot of horror stories. What is the point of paying $4000 for a vacation that you will not remember or do not want to remember? If it is not your thing, stay away from the party favors.
Get In A Fight
Who the heck travels halfway across the globe, to be somewhere beautiful, warm and tropical, to get in a fight. Well, unfortunately some people do. Not only will you run the risk of getting kicked off the resort, you may end up spending a night in a local jail. I do not remember hearing any good experiences about spending the night in a Mexican jail. If you are on a resort, this is one reason to stay half sober, do not be stupid and get in a fight. If someone is harassing you, report it to the hotel security and let them deal with it. You are there to have fun.
In closing, you should have fun on your vacation. Be crazy, be silly and act stupid if you want. But even stupidity is done best with a little bit of moderation. It is your vacation; I do not want to tell you how to spend it, I am just making sure you get the experience you paid for.