There are plenty of reasons for a guy trip. Bachelor party is the most common, loneliness is the most sad, and something that doesn’t involve someone using the word “bro” is probably the most fun. If you’re thinking of planning a trip with other male friends, here are a few humble suggestions.
Las Vegas, for the second week of March Madness: The first four days of March Madness are one of the biggest guy weekends in Vegas and it’s understandable. It’s also why you need to skip it. There’s no bigger weekend for Vegas amateurs than March Madness so skip the total sausage fest (unless that’s the point of your trip).
The first weekend will clog the tables and sports books with rubes who care too much about their bracket. It’s also a guarantee that every casino will be packed with groups of guys who think they’re recreating The Hangover…except their idea of a “crazy night” involves doubling down on a 4 against a 6. The second weekend will give you better games, fewer people and a much more enjoyable Vegas experience.
Spring training: If you’ve done Vegas, then this is the best possible trip idea for sports fans. The timing is perfect for a warm weather city; nothing beats watching a laid-back baseball game when it’s still technically winter. The fan experience is a thousand times better at spring training games because so few people go and the access to the players is much better. You’re usually in the desert somewhere, which means a decent Indian casino lurks nearby (gambling is a huge plus to any trip). It’s even better if you’re near a big city. I went on a bachelor party in Arizona that included the requisite baseball games and casino trip but was also close enough to Phoenix to catch a Suns game and some more than adequate evening destinations. Easily one of the best I went to.
Spring break: If you’re one of those creepy guys who wants to pretend he’s still a college guy and hook up with a girl who’s pretending to be a college girl (since these work in opposite directions, this could end up being pretty illegal). If you’re just into it for the beach scene and people-watching though, this could be a solid choice. With a few choice words, you could instigate probably around 100 fights between different frat guys. It would be like watching a stage version of the Jersey Shore any time you get bored with the song that’s playing.
Epic road trip: If you’re low on cash, this would be a fine way to go. It’s the only way you can make hole-in the-wall cities exciting and something that happens at a rest stop story-worthy. It gives you a chance to “see the country” which is one of those clichés that’s supposed to make you feel better about being too poor to fly. It’s better to give your trip some sort of loose theme; i.e. hitting up a bunch of SEC tailgates over a few weeks. It shouldn’t be something too serious, either. Going to see your favorite team play a few road games is one thing, going to see all 162 games of your favorite baseball team is just crazy and not in the admirable way.
Camping: This is the perfect option if you or your friends are boring people. I don’t know why this is a practiced recreational activity in this country. Who actually says “Hey, I know what we should do for vacation! Let’s pretend we’re so poor we have to live off the land!”? When “hiking” (walking) is a fun activity and eating hot dogs on a stick can be a highlight of a trip, you know it’s the perfect thing for the people who only eat vanilla ice cream. Except you can’t bring any ice cream, because: darn it, no refrigeration out here.
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