Next Family Vacation: Vietnam?!

That’s what we’ve been tossing around. Our last trip to Spain was 100% my choice so this time around I am at the mercy of my husband’s choice which is Vietnam. Upon further research, I have a few hesitations. We’re looking at traveling during the summer of 2016. We’ll have a one year old and a three year old! That alone would be scary enough anywhere, let alone as far away as Vietnam. So I thought I would share my fears and excitements below.

FEARS:

Traffic: This is probably the number one thing I am worried about in Vietnam. Apparently it is very different than I’m used to in the states. Based on my googling, it would seem that there aren’t too many traffic lights or stop signs and you have to walk head long into traffic without even hesitating as cars whiz passed you. The drivers are expected to assess your stride and swerve accordingly. This seems particularly risky, especially with my tots in tow. Perhaps we can plan our travels without having to cross the street…?

Mosquitos: Everything I have read recommends bringing lots of bug spray, mosquito nets, long sleeves, etc. Here at home, I am a mosquito magnet and Vietnam appears to be the mosquito capital of the world. This could spell trouble. And of course, I don’t want my little guys all bitten up either. I guess my hubby can fend for himself, his bites are never as bad, numerous, or noticeable as mine anyway!

EXCITEMENTS

The food: I am definitely excited about the food portion of the adventure. Maybe it’s because I’m 6 months pregnant as I write this but I can’t wait to taste the exotic flavors. We may also stop over in Thailand while on our trip and I have always been a big fan of Thai cuisine (what’s available here in the states anyway). We have a friend that is an excellent cook who is from Thailand so I do feel I’ve had the real deal and it did not disappoint! I can’t wait to share the culinary delights with the little guys too. Hopefully they’re receptive!

The culture: Vietnam seems to have a lot to offer in the way of cultural, hands on experiences. One such experience that has caught my eye are treks and homestays with locals in Sapa, Northern Vietnam. You can stay with a local family, trek through beautiful scenery, see local animals and eat meals together. It all sounds so fantastic. Of course, the thought of the mosquitoes is still buzzing through my mind..here’s a link to the site all about it: http://www.sapaochau.org/.

Getting a stamp in my passport: Seems silly and small, but life is all about the little things, right? I recently went on a cruise with some friends and we went to Belize and Cozumel and I was very sad to realize that other than a passing glance, my passport would not be getting any attention.

What do you think? Would you travel with your little ones to Vietnam?

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