The signs are all there: The mercury’s rising, school’s out, and 70% of your daily conversations are about the humidity. In other words, it’s summer, and that means it’s time to hit the road. Whether you’re embarking on a grand European backpacking expedition or just taking a trip to the shore with some pals, here are some essentials to keep in mind, courtesy of Key & Peele.
KEEP YOUR COOL
Traveling can be stressful, and stress breeds rage. That said, it’s rarely worth it to start s**t while in transit. Even if somebody really annoys you, just take a few deep breaths and go about your business. After all, the other guy could be trained in karate, or, you know, have godlike control over weather patterns.
KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
OK, so you’ve read your travel guidebook and downloaded a “common phrases” app. Both of those will come in handy, but that doesn’t mean you should start acting like you’ve got a PhD in the viticulture of the Loire Valley. Chances are someone you meet actually will have that degree, or something close to it. And you? Well, you’ll just look like an ass.
BE SENSITIVE TO THE LOCAL CULTURE
As the guys demonstrate here, you don’t want to confuse kebapi with cevapi. Differences like that may seem small to a visitor such as yourself, but for the locals, it may be at the root of a regional conflict dating back to the Paleolithic. Maybe just ask for help with the menu if you’re uncertain about something. It’s a little embarrassing, but definitely more pleasant than being run out of town by an angry mob.
CHOOSE YOUR TRAVELING COMPANION WISELY
This one’s a biggie. Even if someone is your best friend, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to be stuck in a car with them for nine hours straight. So pick someone whose traveling habits are compatible with yours. Otherwise, you’re going to spend your entire vacation regretting your choices — and not in a fun, Vegas-y way.