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Vacation Hookups: Yay or Nay?

By Holly A. Phillips

I’ve been counting down the days ‘til Hangout Fest—36 hours of live music on the sands of Gulf shores—my very own kickoff to summer.

Three days in a bikini, with three of my girlfriends, drinking tequila, and hoping to share a blunt with Wiz Khalifa; it’s quite possibly my dream getaway.

In the midst of shopping for said bikinis, my girlfriend got me thinking.

“I cannot wait to see all of the hot guys there,” she said.

I was silent. She had a good point.

Was I so out of touch that I hadn’t even considered the fact that we’d be in an oasis of shirtless men?

“How is it that I didn’t even consider that to be a monumental part of this trip?” I asked her.

She looked at me as if I was crazy, and who wouldn’t? I was discounting one of the best relationships out there: the vacation hookup.

No strings attached, no drama (hopefully), and no contact once the trip is said and done. The vacation hookup is the all-inclusive resort of relationships—it’s nearly too good to be true.

Just like any hookup-only relationship, you’ve got to be in the right frame of mind for it to work. You’re either in or you’re out; none of this, “Maybe it can be more than a fling,” talk.

It’s just a fling.

Once you’ve got your mind right, then comes the actions. Put flirtation into high-gear. Take a Jell-o shot, and say hey to the hottie across the pool.

During a bachelorette trip to Biloxi, I met a guy at the pool bar who shared my exact same birthdate. Over Jager bombs, we decided we were clearly a match made in heaven.

I haven’t seen him since.

After you meet someone and get to talking, you’ll be able to tell if there’s a hookup possibility brewing. In previous experiences, this is when numbers are exchanged and there are plans to meet up again, at night.

If you’re feeling really frisky, screw the nighttime, and, well, screw in the daytime.

The fun part about a vacation hookup (aside from getting laid) is that you can be whomever you want. Maybe you’re a hard-hitting lawyer in Baton Rouge, and a flirtatious fireball on the beach. Who knew?

Of course, other factors of your vacation make the hookup situation easier. For example, it helps if you’re not sharing a bed on vacation. It’s completely pimp if you’ve got your own room.

And that whole what-happens-in-Vegas thing, isn’t just for Vegas, as long as you’re on vacation with a group of friends that is down to clown, without the company of Instagram.

There are a few things to keep in check, however. Make sure your vacation does not revolve around your hookup.

Whether it’s sightseeing, eating foreign foods, or simply getting hammered on pina coladas all day, you’ve got to put yourself first. If your hookup wants to join, cool, but he/she is nothing more than a fling.

Also, use a condom. You don’t want to have an itch down there post-vacation, sending you straight to the doctor’s office and having to explain that you found your last sexual partner in Margaritaville, after seven shots of RumChata.

STDs and babies aside, a vacation hookup gives you the freedom to live out some of your fantasies. Never hooked up with a smokin’ hot surfer? Now’s your chance.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to live out that Baywatch fantasy. Although I’d advise against that whole sex on the actual beach thing—sand belongs on the outside of our bodies.

Of course, a hookup doesn’t necessarily mean sex, it can be whatever you want it to be. A steamy, midnight smooch in a hot tub never hurt anyone.

Truthfully, with apps like Tinder, hookups happen differently now. Rarely do I hear stories about the stereotypical meet-in-a-bar-type of one-night stand.

It’s all about putting yourself out there and just going for it. In the spirit of that, I’ll leave you with a quote from Khalifa:

“Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.”

Read more about Holly’s hookups on her blog, TheBitterLemon.com.

    Going for the Vacation Hookup

  • 1. Get Your Mind Right. Be open, and don’t start thinking that your vacay-fling is anything more.
  • 2. Be Bold. Put yourself out there, meet new people, and get your flirt on.
  • 3. Use Time Wisely. You’ve got to be on a mission, whether it’s a hot make out sesh or a wild romp, do it with time to spare for other vacation-esque adventures.


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