When you are a young adult, holidays with your family and playing board games in your free time don't seem quite so appealing as they once did. You want a taste of your own freedom, you want to hang out with your friends, and you want to let your hair down and go a little bit crazy. In other words, you want to go on a clubbing holiday. Clubbing holidays do exactly what they say on the tin – you visit a sunny destination and hit the clubs with your friends. But while clubbing holidays can certainly be a lot of fun, they are not without their dangers. Here are some ways to make sure you stay safe and healthy during a clubbing holiday, while still having an awesome time.
Get enough sleep. Studies have shown that adults require around seven to eight hours of sleep every night in order to function properly during the day. This doesn't mean that you should go to bed at midnight every night and miss out on all the fun of the parties, but it does mean that you need to factor in sleep during some part of the day – and sleeping on the beach does not count because you will severely increase your risk of sunburn or even sun stroke. Don't book a boating tour for 9am in the morning if you know you will be out until 5am. Sleep in your air conditioned room until the afternoon if you have to – just get that sleep, and get it in a cool place where your body can actually restore itself.
Water is key. When you go on any sunny holiday, drinking lots of water is important so that you stay hydrated and are not fatigued in the high temperatures, but it's especially important for clubbing holidays. Not only will you be somewhere warm, but you'll probably be drinking more alcohol than usual, which has a dehydrating effect on the body, and you'll be expending lots of energy by throwing shapes on the dance floor every night. If you are drinking alcohol, always make sure that you are drinking water at the same time, and drink a big glass of the good stuff before you go to bed too.
Stick with your friends. If this is your first holiday without your family, it's important to create your own safe haven with your friends who can act as your family during this time – people who will look after you and tell you when it's time for you to put on sunscreen, or when you shouldn't except a drink from that stranger. This doesn't mean you can't make new friends and speak to new people, but remember who is looking out for your wellbeing.