Thursday, September 13, 2012

10 things NOT to do....

Well I am still here in Hawaii.  Only one full day left :(

We saw some of these guys! So big that even though they are docile, they were a bit scary.

I know, I know, I look very cool in a mask!

Nicole is amazing. Nuff said. No really, she is great.  She is funny and charming and she has an ADORABLE pup.  (Sensing a trend? My two guest posters have cute dogs. Oops!). 

She is my east coast blog twin- we have seriously stumbled upon way too many random similarities to ignore.  In conclusion, Nicole is awesome.  Read her post and enjoy!

(P.S. she wrote this for me while she was very sick.  Nice lady, huh?  Also just think how funny she must be when she isn't sick...just sayin!)

Hi new friends!!
I am so flattered that Chantal asked me to do a guest post while she is on her amazing vacation.
I am so NOT happy that she did not invite me along to said vacation.
I kid I kid.
Kind of.

So while our girl is off getting tan, sipping fruity drinks and hula dancing, here I am.
Over my 30 years of life, I have done my fair share of traveling and learned a thing or two in the process.
I thought I'd share with you my top 10 things NOT to do whilst vacation/traveling.


10.  Don't Imitate the Locals Accents

By this I mean- if you're down south and out to eat and your waitress has a southern drawl, do not take it upon yourself to start talking with a southern accent also. Most likely you're going to sound like you're making fun of them, even though you're not, and then you'll have to worry if your food is spit free- that isn't fun for anybody. Bottom line? Accents are NOT to be copied while on vacation.

9.  Don't Forget UNDERWEAR

This is very very important. One pair of underwear can only be stretched so far- and depending where you are vacationing, it can be a challenge to locate more pairs. Seriously. Pack tons of underoos.

8.  Don't ask your travel buddy while in line for the security check at the airport if he thinks your "drugs" are going to be ok in the baggie you packed them in.

If you packed Advil or some prescription medicine you're on- don't call them 'drugs'. Call them what they are. You may confuse others if you do otherwise and illicit weird looks from your fellow travelers. Not only that but your traveling buddy may become fearful of a full body search as a result of your careless statement.

7.  Don't eat/drink anything that they "give" you in your hotel room

I know. This should be an OBVIOUS don't. I have seen Home Alone 2, I know the drill. But when you come back to your hotel room at 2am slightly tipsy and you see the little snacks and drinks just sitting is hard to resist. Therefore, I recommend hiding them before you go out to enjoy adult beverages.

6.  Don't try something on the menu if you don't know what it is, while in a fancy restaurant that frowns upon spitting things in your napkin.

I don't think I need to go into detail here.

5.  If it is recommended that you not drink the water, DON'T!

We in America are blessed (most of us) with clean drinking water and can trust that whatever comes out of our sinks is drinkable. In other countries, that is not a luxury and they will let you know ahead of time. Take their advice. It is also a big don't to spend your vaca throwing up in a trash can.

4. Don't try to avoid having a huge carry-on or avoid checking luggage by wearing all your clothes.

If you have a long plan ride this will be very uncomfortable for you and anyone sitting next to you. Also you'll probably take forever to go through security and may miss your flight. And you'll stretch out your clothes.

3. Don't underestimate the power of a nap and freshly brushed teeth.

Vacations, while relaxing, can often be overwhelmingly busy. If you find yourself dragging, take a nap. Brush your teeth. Hey, even shower! You'd be amazed at what a little sleep and good personal hygiene can do for your energy levels.

2. Don't assume that because you're in a foreign country that the beach is a 'nude' beach.

Don't listen to your significant other when they swear up and down that it is a nude beach. Look around you before you rip of your towel. If not, you'll get super weird looks from local people and make babies cry at the sheer whiteness of your behind. Keep it covered my friends.

1.  Don't try to join the mile high club.

First off, why would you ever WANT to do the deed in a tiny place where people urinate (amongst other things)????? Second, the airline people are surprisingly observant about how many people go into the bathrooms at a time and they won't be afraid to call you out on it. Third, you may scar for life the poor people that are forced to sit in the seats closest to the bathrooms. That old lady right outside the door? That is someones grandma! Don't make her listen to you bumpin' and grindin'! and again, it is a BATHROOM- gross.


SO there you have it- some tips for you! Hope all your vacations are fun, safe and happy!

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