10 Rules for Vacation Hookups

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7. Don't forget where you are.

Even if you didn't travel very far, different cities (towns, rural incorporated areas, etc.) can have very different views and expectations on hooking up. For instance, if you go to Reno/Orlando/Anaheim thinking that you're going to randomly find attractive people looking for short-term vacation relationships at the same frequency as Las Vegas/Miami/Hollywood, you're going to be sorely disappointed. Meeting someone at a national park will probably be more difficult than finding an interested person in a huge college town. Ask yourself why people would visit an area, and you'll likely realize what kind of potential hookups you'll be looking at. Be sure to take country and religious affiliations into account, because those can make a huge difference.

6. Do learn as much as you can about your partner.

You don't have to find out all of their hopes and dreams, but we do think it's beneficial to know things like their name, marital status, home state/county, and occupation. You know, in case something goes wrong and it comes up in legal or medical records in the future. As tempting as it can be to have a completely anonymous hookup with a hot stranger, you're going to feel a lot better about it for the next several weeks if you at least know the basics.

5. Don't pretend to be something you're not.

We get it, you're in a new place and you want to try out a new version of yourself. That's cool, we're all for experimenting, but we're not for blatantly lying. That fun story you used to tell girls about your professional kitesurfing career is cool, but if you sell it too hard, expect to get called out. Gone are the days of randomly hooking up with someone in another state and knowing that they have no way of contacting you ever again. If you leave the smallest paper trail (example: their friend knows your friend's last name), your partner will probably be able to find you online and point out to everyone that your cardio in the bedroom would indicate you never actually swam the English Channel. Combine that with lying to the wrong "Internet celebrity" (like you know what every "Viner" looks like), and you could end up on the news for having millions of online haters who have never even met you.

4. Do take a chance.

It's easy to play it conservatively in your hometown, because you don't want to get burned by too many of the fish in the same sea that you swim in every weekend. When you're on vacation, you don't have to worry about that. If there's one time to hook up with someone you wouldn't normally sleep with, it's while you're on vacation. So maybe you shouldn't have gone home with that stripper the last time you were in Vegas... But as long as all your tests come back negative, it just turns into a really good story to tell the next time your married friends ask why you're not seeing anyone.

See also: 10 Tips for Avoiding the Friend Zone

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Josh Chesler
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