How to Plan the Perfect Vacation

So I have been blessed with great opportunities to travel in the last six years and I am planning my next trip right now! I don’t think it matters where you intend to go, there are a few tips that you should consider when planning a trip to ensure you are not only prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly, but that you also have a great time.

Do your research

IMG_0270Currently I am trying to plan a vacation. I don’t even know where we want to go exactly; we are stuck between wanting a relaxing beach vacation and wanting a crazy backpacking trip; the best part is that I am able to plan for a beach trip, plan for a backpacking trip, and to plan for both in the same trip. I look up other experiences people have had in the areas I want to go. For example, I am looking at Vietnam so I wanted to make sure I have the proper travel requirements; to go to Vietnam you need a passport and a pre-approved travel visa before you can enter the country. In addition, by doing the work ahead of time you can save time and issues in the long run. This includes figuring out what places to avoid and the best ones to go to, cab companies to trust (and which ones not to), best places to stay, eat, day trips, you name it. In addition I look at how to get to and from the airport as well as what is the best way to get around the area, i.e. walking, biking, cab, public transportation, etc.

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Why I was Skeptical About Going to the Spa


However, a few years ago I read this article on Yahoo that totally freaked me out! I guess I’m not your average 27 year old gal, before 2016 I had never been to a nail salon, treated to a “girls spa day,” nor had I ever gotten a sweetish, hot rock, mud, make you skinny with seaweed massage. So when I read this story I thought I would NEVER go into a spa/salon (aside from hair cuts, I can’t do that myself!). So heres what happened, a 22 year old woman contracted HIV when she had her nails done from the use of shared manicure utensils. She went in for a manicure and came out with HIV/AIDS! How crazy is that?! Turns out she had been sharing utensils with a cousin previously who was later also diagnosed and it is a super rare way or transmission, but still not a settling feeling when you think about this happening.

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