5 Things I WOULD NOT Do Again on Vacation (and Some That I Would)

We hear about all the fabulous things everyone does on vacation…. but have you ever been somewhere or done something that wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be? I surely have.

I will say that I absolutely enjoyed each and every one of these vacations, but these are some things I do not plan to do again… ever.

  1. Snowboarding: I was 99.9% sure I wouldn’t like this before I did it, but with the nudging of a friend, I obliged. It was just as bad as I thought it would be. Super difficult. Kind of like working out on a machine that you have no idea how to operate. My core wasn’t ready. Frustrating at best.

  • What I did love? SnowMOBILING! Oh my goodness, it was fun. I was about 98.3% sure that I wouldn’t like this, but it was actually tons of fun! Especially in Lake Tahoe where the views are no less than amazing. It was a bumpy ride at times, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

2. The aqua cycle. Man, this thing looked like a party on wheels! My son and I were in Biloxi, and saw them lined up on the beach. We paid our rental fee and rolled it out into the water. We hopped on, and began to pedal… and pedal… and pedal… and go absolutely no where. Again, picture the gym. On an exercise bike…. Going nowhere. LOL. It really is a great workout for the legs and glutes, but a fun water sport, it is not.

  • What did I love? Helmet diving! I was completely psyched to do this when I saw it listed as a Carnival Cruise excursion in St. Thomas. However, upon arrival, it is quite intimidating. We were grouped with about 8 other people, including some grown men and teen boys… Nobody wanted to go first (intimidating). You lower yourself into the water with the reassurance that if your helmet begins to fill with water, you should simply lift your head up to avoid drowning (sounds fun, huh?). So I descended. When I got to the bottom, my helmet began to fill up with water. (OMG, I’m gonna die!!) I quickly found that they were right, just lifting your head back to an upright position will save you. Once I realized I wasn’t going to die, it was SUPER fun! You are right up close with fish and sea creatures. A professional photographer snaps pictures, and it was an overall fantastic experience.

3. Kayaking. It’s like a workout. (Are you seeing a trend here?) I’m on vacation and have absolutely no desire to work out. Do you remember in elementary school gym class where you stuck your arms out and rolled them in a circle? That’s how kayaking felt for me. Uncomfortable. Tiring. Pointless. Nothing I need to do again. (Notice there is no photo?)

  • What I loved? A boat ride. In Puerto Vallarta, we paid $25 for a private boat tour of Mismaloya Bay. Ahhh.. relaxation at it’s finest. I had the option to snorkel, but why ruin a perfectly good boat ride getting eaten by a shark? (Me and my vivid imagination)

4. The Smithsonian Museums in DC. Zzzz… I’m falling asleep just thinking about it. BORING. Maybe I’m just not that into art or history, but I found them to be a major snoozer. The most entertaining thing was the person I went with, who earned us some very ugly looks from other museum-goers.

  • What I loved? Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Again, I’m not into history. However, this place was fascinating! It was very interesting to hear about the history of the facility and take a look into some of the cell blocks that the prisoners were housed in. One of the rooms supposedly housed Al Capone, so it was pretty cool to see.

5. Mofongo. My first time in Puerto Rico, everyone recommended that I try Mofongo. As a foodie, I couldn’t resist. Ordered it, tasted it. Eck. Hated it. I can’t begin to explain what it tasted like, but it was gross.

  • What did I love? MOFONGO. Being the foodie that I am, I was willing to give it another try on my next visit to San Juan. It was so delicious at Barrachinas that I tried it again on a food tour (I even made some!)

Just goes to show, some things deserve a second chance!

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