SUN, SEX, AND ALCOHOL: THE 43 STAGES OF A LAD’S HOLIDAY

If there’s one rite of passage every man needs to experience at least once, it’s the lad’s holiday: a parent and partner free week of sun, sex, and lots of booze.
Whether you go to Magaluf or Malia; Ibiza or Ayia Napa, there’s a few things, good, bad, and downright ugly, that you can be bet your spending money will happen at least once….

1. 7am: arrive at airport. Custom t-shirts? Standard.

 

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2. Navigate security. Someone gets stripsearched. Brilliant.

 

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3. Unless it’s you.

 

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4. Security done. Now for the reason you came on a lad’s holiday – the 8am binge:

 

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 Best. Idea. Ever.

Until…

 

5. “Final call for flight…”

 

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6. Plane boarded – just. Time for a quick celebration.

 

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7. Next: inflight entertainment.

 

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8. It won’t be long before somebody hits on the staff.

 

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9. And someone is sick in their cup.  

 

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10. Eventually most of you will succumb to the temptations of sleep.

 

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11. And you’ll finally arrive at your destination. The battle of the baggage claim begins.

 

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12. Bags secured, it’s time to board the transfer bus for 40 minutes of being too polite to tell someone to move over.

 

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13. But you’ll eventually reach your hotel. With high expectations.

 

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Fail

 

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14. You get checked in. Room located. Five people. Four beds.

 

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Loser gets the bath.

15. Thought you could have a nap? You thought wrong… So wrong.

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16. The night starts like this:
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17. But after one, you can’t stop.

 

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18. Until you all think “fuck it”, and just drink from a bucket.

 

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19. Trying to act ‘macho’ will definitely go wrong.

 

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20. And even your very best chat up lines will fail a few times.

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21. You’ll break out a few moves, thinking you look like this:
 
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22. When really looking like this:

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23. Not throwing up will become a distant memory.

 

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24. And when the sun comes up, you’ll realise the fight over the beds really didn’t matter.

 

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25. Afternoon comes – too soon. Think you had a great, trouble-free evening? Wait until you’re told what really happened.

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You all vow to take it easy tonight. After the night you had, of course you will, won’t you?  

26. Time to hit the beach. Sunscreen? Who needs sunscreen?

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27. In reality, you realise it’s probably a good idea. Just don’t trust your ‘friends’ with it.

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28. Beach activities will include helping out the mate who’s always wanted to know what it feels like to be a chick.

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29. And the one who took “I don’t need sunscreen” too far…

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30. Before you know it the sun will go down again. “Let’s just have a couple” you’ll say. The night starts civilised.

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31. But quickly goes downhill:

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32. You can’t blame a guy for trying some more. 

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33. And for giving you memories you’ll never be able to erase.

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34. At least one of you is eventually going to break down.

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35. There’ll be some moving displays of affection.

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36. And some deep feelings will be revealed.

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37. But whatever happens, the important thing is that you always carry on.

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Until the final night arrives…

38. When the thought of another drink makes you feel… 

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But no one wants to be the one to admit it.

39. So you do it anyway. The next day you’re regretting it. Bad.

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40. Except for that one ‘sensible’ friend.

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Who you now hate. At least until you get home.

41. The journey from hell begins.

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42. And when you eventually get back, you give your lift from the airport a detailed answer when they ask how your holiday was.

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43. But inside, you’re all like…

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And you can’t wait to do it all over again.