It’s happened to me a million times—dinner turns to drinks turns to an accidental late night out. Leads to fun, new friends, and experiencing another aspect of the city!
Then my alarm goes off...I am MISERABLE. I'm regretting everything and thinking I’ll just skip the sightseeing I'd planned for the day. So I am here to give you some tips to avoid being like me, and to avoid getting too hungover to enjoy your travels during the day.
A lot of us travel abroad to places where the drinking age is different, and might experience our first night out at bars and clubs while traveling. So, I’ll just go ahead and say it: WATER is your best friend!! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day (always, but especially while traveling) as well as at night. And every few drinks have a glass of water in between. Also, try to never drink on an empty stomach. This will help combat the dehydration that goes along with drinking alcohol and will help you decrease the hangover that you are working on at the bar.
Going out at night is an important and vital part of travel, if it’s something you’re into. It can be a really fun way to get to know another culture, and can leave you with a unique and authentic experience of a new place. If going out at night is important to you, go ahead and build it into your travel plans! Just don’t buy tickets for an 8 am tour the next morning if you aren’t going to bounce back from a night of drinking in an unfamiliar place.
Ways to work it out
Before you saunter up to the bar for 'una cervesa' (…or diez…) make sure you have a few things settled:
1. Name and address of your hostel: you don’t want to get into a bad situation late at night not knowing where you are or how to get there
2. Make a plan for how you’re getting home: even a huge metropolis with tons of cabbies around all day might not be quite as plentiful at 3 am. So check with the front desk at your hostel to see how they would recommend you get home after a night on the town. While you’re at it, ask them for recommendations for the best cab companies to use, and save their number in your phone. Depending on your situation you might have access to wifi and can make a call for a cab, or you may need to take a bus or an Uber. Just know ahead of time how you will get home so you don’t need to figure it out while you are tipsy and tired.
3. Think ahead: do you have to check out the next morning? It’s a good idea to pack everything except your pajamas and a change of clothes for the next day before you go out. That way you don’t have to worry about anything when you get home from partying except making sure you wake up in time to check out. Have a super early check out time? Check to see if the hotel/hostel offers late check out - many of them do!
Whatever your plans are, just remember to do what’s best for you! You can be flexible with your travel plans and schedule if you want to. And you can always say yes to champagne. Night owls, early plans, and alcohol: an age-old struggle that you can manage if you try! Because take it from me, there’s nothing worse than getting on a bus/train/boat to tour a new city while you are hungover.