Travelling alone for the first time
Heading off without your folks for the first time can be a liberating experience. Just be aware that they won't be at your side if it all goes wrong. Here's how to be prepared:
Know the plan
So you're holidaying with friends, with nobody around to give you grief? That might be how it seems in theory. In reality, you need to watch out for yourselves as a group, which means being responsible about having a good time, and looking out for each other. To kick off, be clear about your expectations for this holiday. Don't wait until you arrive to discover you're the only one with plans for lots of chilled nights in. Be up front about your plans long before you leave.
Don't blow the budget
This might be the first time you're in possession of what some might call 'a fat wad', but don't forget that this is hard-earned cash designed to last your holiday. blowing it on booze before you leave the airport departure lounge is only going to guarantee a second-rate holiday. So be money-wise: work out how much you're going to spend each day and stick to it.
Eat your greens
It's worth staying switched on about your diet. By all means have a holiday from your everyday dishes. Just keep one eye on your health, and steer clear of the Alcohol-Only Plan. Drinking on an empty stomach is a surefire way to end your evening lying in the gutter.
Take responsibility for yourself
It's natural to want to unwind on holiday, especially when you're parent-free, but that doesn't mean you should live like a pig. Try to keep a tidy eye on things, if not for you, for your holiday companions.
You're on holiday from the stresses of the everyday world, and a mate who won't make the effort is one best left at home. Don't be the one who lets everyone down. Respect people's space and their needs, likes and dislikes. If you're going self catering, make sure you all take it in turns to do the cooking and washing-up With a little care and attention, you'll all get along just fine.
Help is just a call away
Right now, you might not think you'll miss home. It may be a different story when you're hundreds of miles away, so be sure to keep in touch. It doesn't just benefit you to know that people are out there who care about your welfare, it also puts their mind at ease. If possible, arrange for them to call/text at an agreed time, to keep your costs to a minimum. Just don't be afraid to pick up the phone or send a message home at any time if you're feeling wobbly.
This is your time to stretch your wings. A first time holiday can be an experience you'll remember for life. So be sure to think ahead, and it won't be one you remember for all the wrong reasons.
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