The last time I visited Vietnam was when I was 9 years old, which was over a decade ago (!). My family and I have been in talks to visit Vietnam as a family for quite some time. My parents usually visit Vietnam solo every other year, as all of their immediate family still live there, but it has been difficult to arrange a trip for the whole family together because of work and school. (Since Asia is so far from North America and travelling there costs quite a bit more than pocket change, it’s worth your while to plan on staying in Asia for at least 3 weeks to get the most out of it).
BUT this year we decided to turn plans into action – our passports would expire in March so what better time to go than when they’re renewed!* Plus, I am finally free from the clutches of university (I don’t miss you, midterms and summer courses!), so can finally enjoy myself, haha.
So the next steps are deciding on a date to go, booking some tickets and getting vacation time approved at work!
*Also, note that when travelling to Vietnam, you’ll also need to obtain a visa. One time, my dad was all set to go, but when we arrived at the airport, he couldn’t board the plane because he forgot to renew his visa – so remember to apply for a visa ahead of time!