You're on vacation, dammit, and ready to let loose. Check out a museum? Ogle architecture? No thanks. Because you know that true cultural immersion begins (and ends) at a watering hole or epic party, where you can rub shoulders with local drunks. Which makes this guidebook, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Partying Around the Worldyour, well, ultimate guide to partying around the world. Check out some excerpts and get ready to make your next trip truly forgettable (in a good way).
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93. Montreal, Quebec Season: May through September, but ideally June or July Ideal conditions: Warm enough for terrasse drinking Daytime activity: Kayaking, surfing the Lachine Rapids, or just hanging out by the water Ingestibles: Wine, microbrews, marijuana, sangria, poutine with squeaky cheese curds, a smoked meat sandwich, a Montreal bagel Verdict: It's a cool enough place to warrant a Thrillist Guide, so book it, son!
49. Phuket, Thailand Season: May through September Ideal conditions: Dude cruise Daytime activity: Check out the Sino-Portuguese wares of Old Phuket or snap some photos of Big Buddha Ingestibles: Thai whiskey, pharmaceuticals, Asian beers Notes from a local: The day you beat a bar girl at Connect Four is the day you’ve been in Patong too long Verdict: Rent a beach chair, and someone will bring you a coconut to wash down your Vicodin
41. Goa, India Season: November through March is high season; August through October is rainy and quiet, but magical; the week before New Year’s is insanely packed Ideal conditions: Sunny and breezy Daytime activity: The beaches at Colva, Palolem, and Agonda Ingestibles: Booze is cheap, and more illicit ingestibles're plentiful Notes from a local: There are spiritual beaches here, and ghosts Verdict: Seek and you shall find
22. Lukla, Nepal (Mt. Everest) Season: October and November Ideal conditions: Foggy Daytime activity: Acclimatizing, glissading Notes from a local: Lukla’s airport is the most dangerous in the world; the sole runway has a twelve-degree incline, a short length, and ends with a sheer cliff Verdict: Stoke levels will be high as you’re partying days away from the nearest paved road
21. Machu Picchu, Peru Season: July and August Ideal conditions: Clear skies Daytime activity: Vibing on ancient trails Ingestibles: Cusqueña Beer Verdict: An almost cartoonishly intense place that should be experienced at least once, drunk or sober
14. Whistler, British Columbia Season: November through March Ideal conditions: A clear morning after a foot of fresh pow Daytime activity: Shredding Ingestibles: Poutine, sushi, smoked salmon, marijuana, Canadian whiskey Notes from a local: Our motto in Whistler is to “live life like you’re always on vacation” -- we stand by it Verdict: Once you make that final bend on Highway 99, you’ll understand; here's the Thrillist Mountain Guide
9. Koh Phangan, Thailand, for a Full Moon Party Season: Check the schedule; once a month, generally mid-month Ideal conditions: Warm and sunny, with sporadic lightning storms to keep things exciting Ingestibles:Buckets, Chang beer, and more mind-altering substances than you can shake a hallucinated stick at Verdict: Burn cream
8. Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day Season: Mid-March Ideal conditions: Apexes of Irish drinking culture will be reached, weather be damned Ingestibles: Deep-fried Mars bars, Dutch Gold, Guinness, whiskey, Buckfast, full Irish breakfasts Notes from a veteran: Go to Copper Face Jacks if you want to meet some genuine Irish farmers (and then probably end up fighting them) Verdict: Drinking elbow-to-elbow with an Irishman on Paddy’s Day will award a thousand or more f*cked-up points