11 Kinds of Mates You Bring On Holidays

Going on holidays with your mates is an exciting and formative part of every young adults summer time. From Majorca to Mayo, summer is the time when countless students book a week off their awful part time jobs to blow what little cash they've saved on cocktails and surfing lessons. No matter how diverse your friend group is, no matter whether you're chilling on a city break or skulling cans at a festival; these eleven stereotypes always rear their tanned head.

The Organizer

This person seems to have recently graduated to the Hitler school of planning, with timing everything from breakfast to pre-drinks down to the minute with military precision. Has probably been the main controller from the very start. Takes decisions such as whether to go scuba diving or jet skiing with life or death seriousness. They will get upset if everything does not go according to plan. Best just to nod and agree with the organizer then go do what you want anyway.

The Laid Back One

Complete and utter opposite to "The Organizer". Is perfectly happy to go wherever the day takes them. These people are so laid back you constantly wonder how they aren't completely horizontal. Usually found still in their hotel rooms at 4pm  still mustering up the energy to go do something ie. go lie down somewhere else. 



The Mammy

Comes complete with mini-pharmacy, Lyons tea bags and  an insane ability to mind everyone around them despite how drunk/sun burnt they are themselves. Will have 2.5 kids and live in the suburbs before they're 28.

The Big Child

An out and out Mammy's boy or Daddy's little princess who's never learned to look after themselves. Arrives at the airport or bus terminus with a bag full of labeled underwear and a sandwich Mammy packed for them for the journey. Has to be reminded to go to the toilet before long journeys despite the fact that they're in their twenties. Usually attaches themselves to the groups Mammy as a temporary substitute for their own.


The Alcoholic

The kind of person that starts drinking in the airport  and survives on a steady flow of cheap shots and strange beer. Never gets hangovers. How? Keep drinking!

The Sex Maniac

Has one objective and one objective only for the entire holiday: get laid. Could be the last virgin left or they could be on the rebound, could be just the girl who always pulls or the boy who's the next Barney Stinson. Either way there's only ever one thing on their mind. No strings attached holiday sex.


The Nationalist

The least interested Irish culture they could possibly be while at home but the minute they step on a plane they're suddenly the reincarnation of Micheal Collins. Will not hesitate to brag about their second cousin who's in Riverdance or shout "Up the 'Ra" at very opportunity. Will treat finding another Irish person on the street with the same level of joy as one finding an oasis in a cultural desert.


The Wanderer

Could rival Houdini with their magical disappearing skills. Are strolling alongside you one minute just to vanish into thin air. Will show up again a short time later with an ice cream or a charm bracelet utterly bemused by the panic caused by their apparent kidnapping.


The Photo King/Queen

That on person who always seems to have their camera out just in time to catch your best pool belly flop or that "interesting" festival outfit. A danger to be around for the drunken selfies and you will fear those photos ever seeing the light of day.

The Peacemaker

No matter what drama occurs there'll always be the one peacemaker who sits everyone down over the cups of that the Mammy snuck through customs to smooth things over and blame it all on too much sun.

The Broke One

No matter how much they've worked over the summer or how much their parents/mates lend them this person constantly seems short on cash. Seems to think it's perfectly acceptable to survive a whole holiday on a tenner and a handful of loose change. Which is more then likely all you'll arrive home with yourself.


Katherine Meegan

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