One of the most common questions I get in regards to resorts & vacation locations is "Is it fun??". I've always struggled with that one.
The truth: I've never been anywhere where I didn't have fun. Do I stay at 5 star resorts with luxury robes and room service? Heck. No. I usually average about a 3 star, my motto: if there's a beach and a bed, book it.
So, I'll share with you some tips on how to guarantee you have maximum fun on your next trip.
Ready? Got pencil and paper? Take notes.
Make friends with the workers at the reception desk. They will be more than happy to hold onto your key while you go down the street to the 'discotheque' and will let you hang out and watch the walks of shame into the wee hours of the morning when you come back.
Make friends with the bartenders. They will do shots with you. And make you a priority in front of the 20 other people waiting to order. And have your drink ready and waiting before you even get to the bar.
Make friends with the entertainment crew. They will let you in on all the fun stuff going on around the resort, they won't make you do water aerobics or anything lame. They will come entertain you with dance parties while you're laying out. They will take you off the resort to all the fun, local places so you can get a real taste of the island.
If bingo is offered, play bingo. I promise you it will be hilarious. And you will win. And if you are doing this in sequential order, you will be buddy-buddy with the entertainment crew, so they will give you the best prize.
Hang out at the karaoke bar. You will make memories.
Chill out. Just seriously, chill out. That's what I want to tell half the snippity people I meet on vacation. Everything is laid back. It's ok. Embrace it. Don't freak out because you have to wait 10 minutes for a drink, just order 2 at a time next time. The more relaxed you are, the more enjoyable it will be.
So now I'm curious -- What tips would you add??
And thank you for tuning in to Chelsea's guide to fantastical vacationing. Adios!