21 Power Moves You Can Pull On Vacation

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  1. All Hawaiian shirts, all the time.
  2. “Thank you for your message. I am currently out of the office with limited or no access to email, but definite access to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you need further assistance, too bad.”
  3. Refuse to wear clothes whenever you’re inside your room.
  4. When it comes to breakfast, go buffet or go home.
  5. Say “My driver will handle everything, thanks,” when the valet welcomes you to the hotel as you get out of the cab.
  6. Demand an upgrade for everything. Rental car, hotel room, sushi. Everything.
  7. DO NOT take surfing lessons.
  8. DO rent a jet ski.
  9. SPF 4 on the first day. Bain de Soleil on the rest of them.
  10. 151 floaters on everything.
  11. Go boat shopping.
  12. Charter a deep sea fishing cruise. Once at sea, tell the captain that you’ll “take it from here.”
  13. Alcohol with every meal.
  14. Find the best reuben in town and then tell people about it like you’ve been eating it for years.
  15. Loudly explain your job to anyone who will listen.
  16. Ask the concierge where the nearest ultra lounge is.
  17. Play in a pickup game of beach football. Only run fly routes.
  18. Don’t talk about money. Talk about miles.
  19. Swan dive into the pool and backstroke leisurely.
  20. Three tans: watch, thigh, croakies.
  21. Tell your family to leave you alone.

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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