After high school is over, you have the time to do whatever you want and go wherever you want. If you’re doing schoolies, you’re in for an experience.

While this will probably be one of the best getaways of your life and your first taste of absolute freedom, there’s definitely some downsides.

1. You’re going to feel gross for most of it

Let’s face it. You’re not going to get much sleep, you’re probably going to drink more than you have in your life and, depending on where you’re staying, all you’re going to be eating is greasy buffet food.

When I was at schoolies, there were days where I laid in bed for hours, even though the Fijian ocean was literally metres away from me.

The location of wherever you go will probably be sick, but it becomes hard when you try to take advantage of it after a hungover chunder.

2. Money, money, money

Most schoolies trips mean forking out for flights, accommodation, activities, alcohol, food and whatever else you accidentally tap your card on.

Regardless of how great your trip is, when you get home you’ll be staring at your bank account wondering where all the zeros went.

3. You’ll lose a lot 

You’ll lose your room keys while drunk. You’ll lose your friends while drunk. You’ll lose your dignity while vomiting up your guava flavoured Cruiser on the beach.

These moments happen to the best of us, so don’t think you’re safe just because you’re somehow classier.

4. There’s so much drama

If most of your school, or at least just people you know, are going to the same place, the mixture of alcohol and people rebelling for the first time post-school, is going to make things interesting.

Relationships will break and then put themselves together again numerous times along your trip, people will probably sleep with people they shouldn’t be sleeping with and some are going to mistake schoolies as the perfect time to reignite that Year 8 grudge they’ve been holding onto.

5. Expectations can get the better of you

This is the sort of trip that you’ve been anticipating all of high school. It’s going to be the first time that you get to go away and have literally no obligation to the cage that trapped you for 13 years. But these massive expectations can be a double-edged sword.

Being in suspense for a trip for so long means the build-up is super exciting. Just be aware that this excitement can dwindle away when you finally arrive if your expectations are too high.

All you need to do to make sure your trip isn’t a hot mess, is to be realistic. No one wants their plans to not live up to the hype, but if you’re prepared for the fact that it mightn’t, and know that there will be low points (like all the things I mentioned above) you’ll go into the whole thing with a much better mindset.