Vietnam Diaries Part Three: T minus 11 hours

“I’m getting excited, are you?”

That pretty much sums up exactly how I’m feeling! This morning I was up bright and early to check into our Air France flight, as they don’t allow you to choose your plane seats until 30 hours beforehand and we wanted decent seats!

For the past few days I’ve been struggling a bit with moving around my body clock, and to be honest, it’s still a bit of a mess with late nights and late mornings no matter how hard I try.

We’re allowed to check-in 23kgs of luggage and 12kg worth of hand luggage, so we’ve plenty of wriggle room. Six years ago, Mom and I managed to drag back all sorts of things like conical hats and lampshades from Hanoi to Dublin.

One thing that I’ve definitely learned is that organising a month-long holiday for three people on your own, without using a travel agency or group package, is quite challenging. It takes a lot of work and energy but the payoff – I’m sure – will be worth it.

Five quick tips for savvy travelling before you head abroad:

  • Save your passports/visas electronically and photocopy them
  • Print out your itinerary with contact details of the places we’re staying
  • Send your itinerary to friends and family at home so that they know exactly where we are (just in case)
  • If it’s a long-haul flight, pack pyjamas or a change of pants and underwear. You’ll arrive feeling fresh!
  • Bring an empty bottle through the airport that you can top up with water on the plane

(All boxes ticked so far and I have a longer tip list for safer travel that you can read here)

My partner and I will be up at 5.30am to head to the airport in a pre-booked Hailo taxi. Vietnam has issues with censorship and indeed WordPress is actually blocked, so we’ll do our best.

Slán! Tạm biệt! Next updates on social media will be from Dublin Airport. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat.

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Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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