With Labor Day weekend upon us, I figured I should highlight a Labor Day outing for this week’s Travel Back Thursday (#tbt). This year, I’m heading to a wedding in Cincinnati, OH, for a high school friend. Labor Day the last several years has been consumed with weddings, which doesn’t make for a great #tbt tip. I mean, everyone’s been to a wedding. The last good Labor Day weekend was spent at Topsail Beach.

THE WEEKEND

My college friends rented a large house on the inter-coastal across the street from the beach on Topsil. It was basically a weekend of hanging out, playing, and drinking adult beverages. We did this the first two years out of college, and to this day, they top the list. We all lived in different cities, so it was a chance to all hang-out and pretend we were back at school. There were about 20 of us in one 3-story house.

TIPS for PLANNING

If you haven’t done a large group trip with your friends, then put that on your must do list and plan immediately! There is nothing better than just relaxing and having fun with your friends. Topsail Island is off the coast of NC. There is a small town with a few restaurants, but we didn’t go to them. It’s more fun to just stay at home. When doing a group trip, keep the following in mind:

  • Rent with a reputable company and make sure to pay attention to: security deposits, cleaning fees, check in/out times, and what is required for you to do at checkout. Keep in mind you are renting someone’s home. Keep it nice and make sure to clean up after yourself or expect to pay a hefty fee!
  • Everyone likes different things. Keep it open and fun. Keep planned activities to a minimum so you can take in the day and the weather.
  • Bring footballs, beach chairs, books, and other fun items. Board games are fun for any age and can always be adapted to increase competition or even a drinking game!
  • Depending on your kind of trip, meals can be important, but they may not be the most important. When my friends and I beached it, it was more about having fun and spending time with each other. We had dinner, but it was always easy so clean up was minimal and it didn’t take hours to prep. Assign meals to people to everyone has responsibility. Don’t forget to ask anyone in the party about their dietary restrictions! Coming from a “simple” eater – nothing is worse than being hungry. At least give a heads up to people of what dinner will be. I don’t want people to adapt to my eating habits, but I would want to bring my own food on hamburger night!
  • That being said, experience the local. On a different beach trip, we visited a local seafood market then came home and cooked up a feast! It was amazing – everything from crab to fish to shrimp. Best of all, it was FRESH!

BOTTOM LINE

Have fun! You’re on vacation – the most important thing to do is to relax and not take things too seriously. Pack your fun hat and leave the drama at home!

Happy Wanderings and Happy Labor Day!