Holy banana boats, the deadline is looming. This year I bought airline tickets for myself and Mom to go to Vietnam.

This will be her fifth and my fourth time back and we’ve been slowly planning our trip for the past few months. You can read about last year’s trip here.

Admittedly we’ve both been a little bit loosey-goosey when it’s come down to this particular adventure but we have all the important stuff pretty much done (except for our plans during the day). I think this is probably because we’ve done a lot of the majorly touristy stuff already.


Me prancing around the Temple of Literature last year in Hanoi.

We’ll be revisiting four places we’ve been to before – Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City – but also one new place, Mui Ne. As it so happens, it’s monsoon season over in Vietnam at the moment so while we’ll be as usual bringing our lighter clothes, we’ll also be hauling over some rain gear.

Before we go though, we’re heading on a bit of a detour to Paris for a few days where we’ll be living it up in the city. It’s been a pretty long time since Mom and I were in Paris but we’ve always loved it – I think the last time we were there was in 2009.

That being said, the overall trip logistically is a bit of a tricky one because our luggage restrictions to France are just 15kg each but that’s increased to 30kg from Paris to Hanoi with Emirates. And we have to pack for a whole month. So, it looks like we’re going to have to get creative!

Thankfully due to the abolition of the astronomically high roaming charges, I’ll be able to update social media with ease from Paris – this is a NOT SO SUBTLE hint to follow us on Instagram and Twitter by the way. But in Vietnam, I’ll be updating less so because our phones aren’t unlocked and therefore there’s no point in getting a local sim card. THANKS APPLE.

Anyway, I realise this is probably more of a diary-esque rambling than my usual pieces but hey, when you’ve got the flow to write you’ve just got to go for it.

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