February 02, 2012
Getting Ready for Spring Break
Lambda Chi Alpha
Spring break is coming up fast and those that don’t prepare will be left in the dust. There are many decisions that you will need to make in getting ready, such as who to go with, where to go, how much you are willing to spend, and what to bring. You can waste your time trying to think of the answers to all those questions, or you can just read this article and let me answer them for you.
Top Five Places to Go:
1. Fort Lauderdale ($$)
This is a popular destination for spring breakers. Btowntrips.com is selling a spring break package that starts at $450 and can go up from there depending on your room size and if you opt for their bus ride from Bloomington to Ft. Lauderdale and back. The package is decent and is all-inclusive except for food. They provide a shuttle to the clubs that they sponsor and will even have open bars at the resort and some of the sponsored bars and clubs. The resort is on the beach and has “pool side amenities” (see also: it’s crappy but cheap).
2. Cancun ($$$)
Studentcity.com has some decent party packages for sale. The hotel is massive and looks decent from the photos online. The resort is beachside and has a massive pool, if you aren’t into the beach. The party package includes cover and express entry into five different clubs. A few of my friends went on this trip last year and had a blast, but they said that the guys heavily outnumbered the girls. Girls are in luck; guys may want to look elsewhere. Also, the package only includes the hotel and parties, not airfare.
3. Freeport Party Cruise ($$$)
Ever heard of Cougar Cruises? Well, this is similar, except with college students. Studentcity.com offers a booze cruise that goes to Freeport in the Bahamas. The party package is similar to the Cancun package. You will depart from Ft. Lauderdale on a three-hour party cruise to Freeport where you will stay for four days and nights. After that you have another three-hour party cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale. It should be fast, wild, and fun. Again, the pricing does not include airfare to Ft. Lauderdale and is also omitting any accommodations. If you don’t mind doing the extra work to book a hotel or resort this could be a great choice for you.
4. South Padre Island ($$)
The folks at www.spadre.com offer a really good deal for spring breakers. The hotels are cheaper than any others in the area, but are not on the beach (you get what you pay for). They offer a free $30 gas card upon arrival and like everyone else will have live performances on the beach. What makes this one special is the Coca-Cola stage, which will basically be like what you have seen on MTV. This is one of the wildest spring break destinations around.
5. Puerto Vallarta ($$$)
Studentcity.com has the best deal yet again, however, Xtremetrips.com is a close second. The party packages for both are essentially identical. One includes Senor Frogs and the other offers more local nightclubs. The hotels are basically the same, both offer seaside resorts, touristy hotels, and upscale hotels, but Xtremetrips.com has way more private villas, which look incredible. The daytime excursions look fun but I know you would rather be drinking than zip lining.
Top Five Things to Do:
This is the best thing to do on your spring break, hands down. Upon arriving at your destination, I fully expect you to put all your worries to the side and throw caution to wind. Only the weak do not take full advantage of a vacation that is basically a weeklong bender. Are you weak?
2. Drink on the beach.
If you follow my advice and FRAT, this will happen automatically. You can even make it more interesting by playing some corn hole, going to any of the numerous stages blasting music that are set up for crazy competitions, or even being a participant in one of the competitions.
3. Drink at the nightclubs and bars.
Once the sun sets, go take off your swimsuit and put on some clothes and head to the nightclubs. All of them will be blasting house music and will probably feature some sort of laser lights, black lights, strobe lights, or a combination of the three. Make sure to generously tip your bartender before you get your drinks. This will ensure speedy service throughout your night.
4. Meet people.
Meet people from other schools. Party harder than them. Make IU proud.
5. Get a tan.
If you are going some place warm, tanning is a must. All you have to do is be outside, whether it is on the beach or at the pool is up to you. You owe it to yourself to get your bronze on.
Top Five Types of People to Go With:
1. The rich friend.
This friend is valuable because their parents money can do one of two things for you: buy you booze or bail you out from a tough spot. The "rich friend" is usually liberal with their (conservative) parent’s money. They get a monthly allowance, which is promptly blown at KOK or Nick’s, and usually with you in attendance. Oh, and remember that time you were arrested for public urination (or something just as ridiculous)? Who did you call to post bail? The "rich friend," that’s who.
2. The house drunk.
This is the person that will ensure you’re having fun all the time (see also: drinking). They get you drunk and keep you that way. There is a risk in bringing them, however, because they could cause some form of drama or end up in jail which you will have be forced to deal with (this is the time that you will truly appreciate having brought the "rich friend").
3. The facey one.
This person is great to have around to attract the opposite sex. They have a good opening line and a lasting closer. They meet people with ease and can make friends fast. This is the friend that will help you throw that banger in your hotel room or get you and your crew into the VIP section at the club.
4. The “mom.”
This person is good to have around for when you or the "house drunk" goes too far, and it is only 11:00 am. They hold your hair for you, they bring you water after you finish puking, and most importantly, they take care of you.