3 RULES TO NOT DO WHEN ON A MINI BREAK
While we’re bombarded by nice little guides on YouTube of ‘how to plan for a mini break’, or ‘easy tips for packing lightly!’, I thought we were missing an essential part of any holiday maker’s rules: what not to do. So, here’s a list of three tips that I may or may not have learnt from a recent mini break away.*
*Some of these things may be exaggerated (or completely made up), for your entertainment. However, electrocution is something you may want to be aware of.
1 ) BUY YOUR TOILETRIES AT THE AIRPORT:
When you’ve booked an 11am flight, take into consideration that you WILL be caught in rush hour traffic en route to the airport, you WILL have the fear dawn on you that you might miss your flight, and you WON’T have time to buy your John Frieda Sheer Blonde travel sized shampoo.
You may, after demanding that your Uber driver career down the fast lane the whole journey, have fifteen minutes to spare between getting through security and your gate opening. This, unfortunately, is where it will all go wrong (we are nothing but brutally honest here on The Millennial Girl’s Guide). In a blind panic you have to sweep all your toiletries into a mini basket, and you will end up coming out with some David Beckham deodrant, a box of cold & flu tablets instead of paracetamol, and a Boots own BLT sandwich (you’re not even hungry and you’re a vegetarian).
2 ) DON’T SHOW UP AT A RESTAURANT THINKING YOU CAN GET A TABLE:
Once established at your destination country, you may find that the burning desire to eat overcomes you. I know what you’re thinking… ‘Me hungry. Me go to restaurant.’ Base human instincts would suggest this is logical.
No no no, my friend. You’re no longer in your local village and on a random Tuesday night in March, the restaurant you’ve been recommended so highly WON’T have availability, unlike Giovanni’s Italian round the corner at home. (There also won’t be an all-you-can-eat salad bar and pizza & Pepsi for a fiver).
‘Sorry madam’, you’ll hear.
‘You wait outside two hours for next table?’ … Thank you, next.
3) BUY AN ADAPTER ABROAD:
You may well forget, in all the rush and panic of mini break organising, that you will indeed require additional equipment in order to use the basic necessities (i.e. phone charger and hair curling implements, both essential tools in carrying out your holiday). If such conundrum does so occur you have one of three options:
- Ask the hotel desk to borrow one (far too simple an option).
- Survive without electrical devices for the duration of your stay (simply not an option at all. You can’t remember the last time you went without a plug socket for an hour, let alone three days).
- Frequent all the local pharmacies, supermarkets and any other shop that’s in the vicinity in order to buy one (this, being the most complicated of all options, is the one you of course end up doing).
Option number 3 will, unfortunately result in a number of obstacles.
A) You may end up buying a USB only adapter which means those straighteners will not plug in…
B) You require dexterity and scissors, neither of which the hotel provides in the room, to open the packaging. Note: stabbing plastic packaging with a nail file from the hotel-provided ‘Amenity Kit’, does not work.
C) You will probably get an electric shock from purchasing a dodgy adapter from the local market. Make sure you wear rubber soled shoes at all times…
Moral of the story: always bring an adapter.
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