Spring break, those two simple words conjure up images of college students hitting the beach and going wild. For one week there are no rules, no stress, and anything goes.
At least that's what we've all been told. In reality, do any of us ever get to have a legendary spring break experience?
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If the answer's no then we need to change our fate. If we want to have the spring break experience we always see on tv, then let's watch how our favorite characters make it happen.
We will find out the answers to the really important questions: east or west, by plane or by car, and just how many bathing suits do we actually need?
As for anyone who thinks only college students get to have all the fun, think again. These episodes feature plenty of characters who will prove it's never too late to dive right into the action.
"The Return of the Nana," The OC Season 2 Episode 21
Spring break is all about getting wild and crazy, but before you take the plunge, remember it's a lot harder these days to keep any shameful, embarrassing behavior under wraps. Seth found that out the hard way when Summer saw his whipped cream eating escapades on TV.
"The One With Joey's Fridge," Friends Season 6 Episode 19
Don't be Ross, don't be the person who is so insecure about a relationship you stalk your way into your significant other's vacation plans.
"We're Going to the Catskills!" The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Episode 4
Packing is serious business. It's better to have an extra bathing suit than not have it, and yes, bring all four picnic outfits. There could be four picnics. If your concerned about not having enough space for all your luggage, building models of your suitcases helps.
"In The Air Tonight," Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20
Airplane travel doesn't bring out the best in anyone, but it's no excuse for jerkish behavior. Do yourself and everyone a favor: treat the crew nicely and don't drag innocent bystanders into your relationship spats.
"The Ballad of Donkey Doug," The Good Place Season 3 Episode 5
Florida is a popular spring break destination. You can hit the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, go clubbing in Miami, or have a thrilling time at any one of Orlando's theme parks. Whatever you do -- as The Good Place constantly warns us -- stay away from Jacksonville!
"Home," Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 Episode 1
For those who love to vacation in Jacksonville, Ash vs Evil Dead takes the opposite view of The Good Place and thinks the place is paradise on Earth. The more important takeaway from "Home" though is try to resolve any drama before leaving for vacation because your personal demons tend to follow wherever you may go.
"Sometimes," This is Us Season 3 Episode 7
Traveling alone may be more adventuresome, but what happens if you come down with food poisoning or have an emotional meltdown? This is why "Sometimes" makes the case for traveling with someone who always has your back.
"The Vacation Solution," The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 16
Workaholics need breaks -- for everyone else's if not their own sakes -- too. Now if you're someone who refuses to zone out and take it easy, follow Sheldon's example and take a job in a different field. Sheldon's attitude, on the other hand, is more like a guide on what not to do in a new workplace.
"Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist," Gilmore Girls Season 4 Episode 17
Rory and Paris can't do spring break, but they can teach it. Important lessons they've taught us include tipping staff members as you go and not letting friends access your phone because they'll drunk dial your ex. Anyone wanting to learn how girl-on-girl action gets you free stuff must enroll in Madeline and Louise's advanced seminar.
"Why Don't We Get Drunk," Hart of Dixie Season 2 Episode 18
Jonah is a tool, but he wasn't wrong when he said the point of spring break is spontaneity. Put away the list away and let yourself get caught up in the debauchery. The last thing anyone should want is to look back and realize you didn't seize the opportunity to do something worth regretting.
"Beach Blanket Bizzaro," Sabrina the Teenage Witch Season 5 Episode 17
Couples don't have to spend all their spring break time together. However, it's a good idea to occasionally compromise and schedule activities both parties want to do. Otherwise, you could spend your entire vacation alone and rethinking the entire relationship.
"Standoff," Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 12
Elizabeth and Henry are here to remind you that a staycation with Chinese takeout and Scrabble can be way more fun than fancy hotels and upscale restaurants.
"My Soul On Fire Parts 1 & 2," Scrubs Season 8 Episodes 14 & 15
After months of rain and snow, it's good to see the sun again but don't forget to take care of your skin. Put on plenty of sunscreen (make sure it's sunscreen and not ranch dressing) because the lobster look will never be attractive.
"Spring Break," Modern Family Season 6 Episode 18
Music festivals are a popular spring break activity. Alex discovered they're also really good at getting overly stressed people to unwind. There's enough around to keep the mind occupied, and all the effort goes into doing something fun.
"Belles de Jour," Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 1
Members of royalty like traveling incognito. Remember that in case you suspect the dreamboat you met at an art gallery is a royal. Blair didn't. She acted like a total b***h to her date, pushed Serena in a fountain, and all she got in return was a giant serving of humble pie.
"Hollywood Babylon," Supernatural Season 2 Episode 18
If you're out west, you may be hoping to spot a celebrity or two. Booking a studio tour might get you a glimpse of a famous face, but touring a cemetery is a surer way of visiting the stars. Dean recommends checking out Johnny Ramone's grave.
"MTV Spring Break," The Goldbergs Season 5 Episode 19
The Goldbergs have two messages for you. One, no one is too old to live it up during spring. Two, stealing knishes is a serious offense in Florida.
"Spring Breakdown" Beverly Hills 90210 Season 7 Episode 24
Shockingly, there can be more to spring break than nonstop partying. For Brandon, going to Hong Kong gave him the chance to reconnect with his dad and reflect upon the current state of his love life.
"Missing Kitty," Arrested Development Season 1 Episode 18
Yachts are great places for partying. Just make sure a magician isn't going to sink the yacht while you're on board.
"Stolen Kisses," Dawson's Creek Season 3 Episode 19
If you're trying to keep a burgeoning romance secret during spring break, do a better job of hiding it than Pacey and Joey. Oh, who are we kidding, anyone could see the sparks between these two from a mile away.
"Spring Broke," Greek Season 1 Episode 22
When you're on spring break, things can go wrong. Your luggage can get lost, the motel could lose your reservation, and you might never see that really hot guy (who coincidently looks like Jackson Avery from Grey's Anatomy) again. Still, as long as you're hanging out with friends, it's worth it.
"The Trouble With Tribbles," Star Trek Season 2 Episode 15
Before buying any souvenirs, make sure any potential purchases -- especially those of the cute and cuddly variety -- won't eat and reproduce you out of your home.
"Islands Part One," The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 11
The end of spring break may be the end of wild and carefree adventures, but it doesn't mean you can't something of it with you once you resume everyday life. It might be a newfound appreciation for tequila or a new favorite song. That and a newly energized spirit can get you through the grind until the next vacation comes.