Wendy’s World: An Unforgettable Experience

I feel like most of my posts have something to do with Vietnam, and this post will be no exception.

This weekend, I went to Cua Lo Bay with a friend, and I learned a very good lesson about managing one’s expectations.  

Our trip was really spontaneous.  We pretty much planned all of the basics such as transportation and hotel the night before, and although we didn’t have an itinerary, I was super stoked to spend time on the beach, see the city, go hiking and cave exploring, etc. Our taxi experience was similar to the one we got in Australia when we hired a maxi taxi perth.

Much to my surprise, besides the beach, there was pretty much nothing to do in Cua Lo Bay and to do any of the other activities on my list required an expensive taxi.  So what we ended up doing was meeting up with some friends, hanging out on the beach, going for a dip, and having some drinks.  Then the next day, my friend and I spent over 12 hours trying to get home (so much for our last minute preparations).  However, at the end of the day, it was really fantastic.  If I was offered to either do all of the activities that were on my list or go through the same experience all over again, I would pick the latter without a doubt.

I started my trip with the mentality that my friend and I would be these super awesome tourists seeing all of the sites and taking tons of pictures but when I arrived exhausted at my home late Sunday night, I was just happy.  After getting past my disappointment, I opened myself up to the other possibilities and experiences I could have at Cua Lo, and I am truly glad that I did.  I gained a much better understanding of the chaotic transportation system of Vietnam, I travelled to a place that few travelers would ever care to go to, and I was able to, again, take part in what I believe is one of the most beautiful aspects about Vietnam—the culture of just doing nothing with one’s friends and family and that being enough.

I am definitely not the type of person who settles but sometimes, when things don’t seem to be going well, it’s important to check your expectations and make sure that they are reasonable.  Our expectations strongly affect our perceptions and experiences and if we don’t check them at times, there is the potential that you could be missing out on a truly unforgettable experience.

If you have a story about how your plans took a change for the better, share them here!

–Wendy Tran

Lead Her Intern, Campus Calm™

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