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How to Have a Terrible Summer Vacation

Forget telling you how to have the best vacation ever despite having a chronic illness, today I am going to help you plan the worst summer vacation ever!!!

Step one: Choose a destination with a climate that your body hates.

Why spend over $100 a day on a hotel room just to sleep at night?! Vacation where the temperatures are hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk or where daily storms occur and you will definitely get your money’s worth of time spent in your room.

Step two: Expect your body to do what you want, when you want.

If you struggle to wake up before 9am, be sure to plan on waking up every morning at 6am. In addition, be sure to plan on partying until 1am every night even though you typically go to bed at 10pm.

Step three: Don’t leave any downtime in your daily agenda.

Fill your calendar with one activity after another. Better yet, choose activities that you have never been able to do or that you know will increase your pain level.

Step four: Leave your pain medication at home.

Vacations are for escaping our real lives, right?! I don’t know about you, but in my not so real life, I am not sick!

Step five: Drink and eat whatever you want.

In fact, go big by making a list of every food and beverage that increases inflammation and pain in your body and then consume them in excess.

Think of all the fun you’ll have talking about your pain level and listing all the activities that you weren’t able to participate in on social media if you followed this advice. But seriously, are those really the kind of posts you want popping up in your Facebook memories next year? Wouldn’t you rather see memories of things you were able to do? If that is the case, do the opposite of what I said, and you’ll be able to post photos of gorgeous sunsets instead of your hotel bed pillow.

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