Who knew that traveling with fifty-two pepole would be so much fun? Normally, my family and I take at least a coupole trips around the world a year, but with only about eight bodies. Just this past summer, we more than doubled that amount of people when we traveled to Vietnam. This was not my first time back there because I have visited my grandma and other family members before, but it was definitely my first with such a huge group. Honestly, my whole family took up one gigantic tour bus (the double decker ones) and literally the whole section near the back wing of the airplane was us! The only thinkg that was running through my head was how embarrassing it must’ve been when we were at the airport; a bunch of asians lugging boxes and suitcases around on to the plane.
On the eighteen-hour trip, the only thing you could hear the whole time were my couisins shouting accross the rows of seats requesting for food or games from other family memberes. This kind of made me feel more comfortable and not so tense in the airplane. Usually when we travel, I’d have to sit next to a stranger and be very uncomfortable for I wouldn’t want to touch their elbows, accidentally knock their things over, and I’d have to eat with the most proper etiquette or else they’d thing I was a barbarian. Luckily I was placed in a row with my young cousins, my favorite spot. But that was soon over when we landed in the scorching heat at the Vietnam Airport; this is where the real fun begins.
As we climbed on the loaded bus, I actually began to understand that the trip wouldn’t be like this without my quirky, large family. We began to bond and really have fun even if the weather was a killer and people were staring at us. I just didn’t give a thought to that anymore, just as long as I was laughing and enjoying myself. As we went from Ha Long Bay, sleeping on boats and swimming in the sea, to Hue where we visited antique Kingdoms, I foudn that I was really a family person. Vietnam would have been boring to me if I went with just my parents and my sister; just the heat alone would be enough to distract me from having fun. My whole family and cousins are what made my experience memorable. this trip not only sweated off a couple of my pounds, but also my embarrassment towards having such a loud and huge groups has a family. They’ve taught me how to stand out, be confident, and to not blend right in. Now, during every vacation, I check with the travel agency if they have 52 spots available; I just tell them that I have a lot to carry on board.
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