What every vacationer needs to know

By Meghan Dashe
Staff Writer

April 4, 2013

Welcome back spring-breakers! I hope all of you had a fun filled and safe spring break, and made sure to take advantage of the tips and advice I gave you in our pre-spring break issue. After my adventures in Panama City, Florida for spring break, I’ve decided to share with all of you a few things that I learned while being down south.

Southern Hospitality is real
We’ve all seen movies about the south where everyone is so nice, kind, caring, even to strangers. Let me tell you something, it’s not just in the movies. Whether it was at a Georgia gas station, or an Alabama Waffle House, every person I encountered was so polite. Anything from calling me ma’am to wishing all of us girls safe travels to Florida, to asking if there was anything they could do. Almost makes a girl wanna move down south after graduation….

Boys have no filter
I’m not trying to be sexist, or offend any of the male population by saying this; but guys down on spring break, have no filter. Clearly the way to win a girl over is to say things like “ do you want a bite of my burrito” (and no he was not talking about the food) or “you’re hot lets go back to my hotel room.” I truly hope that none of the lovely ladies who read this school paper, or anyone on break for that matter, fell for these lame and down right gross pick up tactics. Some of these guys could take a lesson from the local southerner, that’s for sure.

Sunscreen is a MUST
You may or may not know this, but in the spring months, the sun is closer to the earth then it is in the summer time. This means that even though it may be cloudy, and it might not be as warm, the sun is still going to burn. Speaking from first hand experience by getting fried the first day on the beach, I should’ve reapplied sunscreen. I’m hoping the rest of you spring breakers were smarter than I was and came back sun burn free and with a nice tan!

These, among others, are just a few useful pieces of knowledge I acquired while vacationing on spring break. Hopefully you all have learned a few things as well, and had a safe and memorable time!

Meghan is a senior majoring in communication and can be contacted at mdashe@lhup.edu.


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