Top Ten Things Not to Do on a Spa Vacation

Top Ten things not to do

Because of the Super Bowl getting in the way of my creative time, I am republishing a post from February 6th of 2017.  I hope you enjoy.

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The inspiration for this list came from looking at possible spa vacations and then deciding to pass after reviewing all the material. I hope you enjoy the list and for those who love spa vacations, I am very envious since you obviously have a good feeling about yourself.

Ten Things Not to Do on a Spa Vacation.

10 On a spa vacation, do not sign up for anything you don’t understand. If you do, at best you will learn what you don’t like at a high cost. At worst, those funny words turn out to mean “tortured until you confess.” (Sad thing is you don’t know what to admit huh, Bunky?)

9 On a spa vacation, do not fall asleep in the sauna. If you do, at best you will wake up before dehydration sets in. At worst, your dreams of lost in the desert will, in fact, be a reality and that oasis is a mirage. ( Being a conscript in the French Foreign Legion wasn’t on the itinerary was it, Buford?)

8 On a spa vacation, do not think the phrase “essential oils” really means not optional. If you do, at best you’ll experience a new meaning to the term, “greasy.” At worst, you cannot find a place to sit, lie, or stand where you don’t slide off and end up on the floor or ground. (So everyone thinks you are drunk huh, Bosco. You shouldn’t care until CNN shows up)

7 On a spa vacation, do not think the robes are gifts of the hotel. If you do, at best you’ll pay the $75.00 each charge without complaint. At worst, the head of security will be called over the loudspeaker to look through your bags at checkout since housekeeping reported the robes missing.(Right now Tiny the WWF champ is walking across the lobby, and the look on his face gives you the chills. You sense he has been looking forward to this all day don’t you, Buster? Can you say strip search?)

6 On a spa vacation, do not sign up for the mud baths if you are unsure of the source of the dirt. If you do, at best you will imagine all kinds of things in that mud with you. At worst, once you realize that Bayou Baths is a combination of river mud, crawfish droppings, and decayed vegetation you’ll never feel clean again regardless of the number of showers you take. (The brochure said “all-natural” so what’s the complaint, Furd? Sure you got a little in your mouth, but you’ve had worse.”)

5 On a spa vacation, do not think massage words are the same as outside life words. If you do, at best you were careful in describing the service you were expecting. At worst, the light-hearted comments about deep massage will have you begging to be saved. (Let’s not even mention how you mumbled aloud something about the ending, Tex.)

4 On a spa vacation, do not try to influence the music choice of the staff. If you do, at best you will be ignored. At worst, the esoteric music that you thought was annoying has now been replaced by heavy metal favorites played on a flute, harp, and oboe. (Makes the nails on the chalkboard analogy seem inadequate huh, Rube?)

3 On a spa vacation, do not ignore the hot stone warnings. If you do at best aloe vera will ease the pain. At worst, you will now be mistaken for an Olympic athlete who had undergone suction treatments. ( Of course, you could also be mistaken for an idiot who doesn’t pay attention to warnings, Stu. I Love that line of circles down your back.)

2 On a spa vacation, do not think a seaweed wrap is a luncheon menu item. If you do, at best your cries for rescue will be ignored. At worst, as you struggle to free yourself from the grip of the slimy seaweed you inadvertently roll into the hot tub. ( Now maybe the stuff will cook off huh, Buddy? Can you say Miso soup?)

1 On a spa vacation, do not think you can request your favorite food. If you do, at best you will get zucchini prepared like your favorite food. At worst, the staff will believe you need a “cleanse interdiction,” and you will spend the rest of your holiday fearing to be more than ten steps from a ceramic chair. (Man, that juice tasted so good going down didn’t it, Bubba? Do you think they put jalapeno peppers in there?)

75 comments

  1. I think I need a spa vacation after staying up to watch the Super Bowl. Great republish, John. Loved number two! 🙂

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    1. The game was great fun. The commericals not so much. Thanks, Jill.

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      1. Oh, I thought the commercial were horrible. And the half-time show…my 93 year-old aunt was mortified!

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      2. I was motified. I guess I’m getting older too.

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  2. A classic. #10 really says it all for me. Main reason I think I’ll pass on it.

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    1. Yup. I think that is why it was first.

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  3. Ahhh John… Sorry…where do I sign up?
    Been on three week-end spa getaways – never regretted a single moment AND the food was good 😉 Didn’t steal the robes though, so there is that…

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    1. There is that for sure.

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  4. Haha, John, so funny. Your list above is exactly why I have never been to a spa.

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    1. Me either. Thanks, Robbie.

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  5. Hilarious!! And the reason I have never been to a spa. “Heavy metal favorites played on a flute, harp, and oboe”?!

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    1. 🎶 We gotta get outta this place if it’s the last thing we ever do. 🎶 on oboe.

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      1. “Get outta this place” being the operative phrase!

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  6. Well, I’ve never had a spa vacation, but after reading this – I’ll just nix the idea for the future!!!!

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    1. I’m with you, GP.

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  7. Well, you sold me against spa vacations…Julie is my ‘Spa Queen’! 🙂

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    1. There you go. At least one in the family is wise. (Julie that is) Thanks, Billy Ray

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  8. Thanks for the repost, John. A good post is like a good book, meant to be read again.

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  9. Negative vibes Moriarty, negative vibes… then again it might be better to stock up on a good supply of adult beverages, a good book or three, and just stay home.

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    1. Now you are talking.

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  10. Number 6 is still making me laugh! I have never had the desire for a spa day, and you’ve confirmed that as having been a good choice. This was worthy of a repeat. I hope you enjoyed the game, John.

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    1. I did enjoy it Dan. Thanks. How was the dark beer?

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      1. My daughter liked it. I stuck with Corona

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      2. Mu Black Butte Porter was excellent.

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  11. Not so sure I’d like a spa vacation, but lying on a sunny beach with NOTHING to do sounds pretty heavenly right now! Thanks for the repeat, John — just as good the second time around!

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    1. I’ll give you the beach with a nice hamper full of goodies

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      1. Sounds delightful!!

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  12. Zucchini prepared like your favorite food! HAHAHAH, it’s so true. Hope you had fun watching the game yesterday!

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    1. I did. It was a good game.

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      1. Especially near the end.

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      2. The last 9 minutes were priceless.

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  13. Great repost, John – and love the cat pic!

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  14. 🙂 🙂 On a spa vacation don’t expect to eat well. Or maybe at all, unless those tiny vegetable portions and water fill you up!

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    1. At a spa you eat what birds eat minus the worms

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    A spa vacation sounds good right now, but I’ll pass on the mud.

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  16. A true horror list, dear John! Enjoy the life, not the spa. 🙂

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    1. Yes. Not built for the spa.

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      1. Your truth, dear John! Spa is anti-life! 🙂

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  17. Good ones, John! #10 had me laughing out loud!

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    1. Oh, good, Jan. Laughing is good.

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  18. Thanks for the public service announcement. I think I’ll wait for my wife in the bar.

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    1. Good idea. Tell em to take that orange slice out of your beer.

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  19. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Goodness, I’ve never had a spa vacation or day, and now I don’t want to! I’ll settle for a good massage. 😀

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  20. Buy one of those fabulous white robes from Lands End, grab a couple of jars of frangiapani bath salts,and choose your own music. You don’t have to worry about the quality of the mud or the quantity of the food! This was hilarious; a good reminder that trusting my instincts about those fancied-up spas is on target. And I love that cat. They do have cat spas, you know…

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    1. Yes. Cat and dog spas for the owners who have everything. Thanks, Linda

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  21. Haha , And the reason I have never been to a spa.

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    1. There are ten for me not to go there. Thanks.

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  22. I like the robes, but I don’t like the robes THAT much. And as far as mud baths are concerned, I don’t think I’m ever going to go for one of those after reading this post, LOL.

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    1. Beware of the mud. Especially the residual bubbles. 😁

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      1. Oh no you didn’t! Bahahahaha!

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      2. I get the point! LOL

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      3. Fart humor. We in grade school or what? Heh heh heh

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      4. It would seem so. And remember, no take backsies.

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      5. Yup. I remember. *toot

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  23. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this post from John Howell’s Fiction Favorites blog with the TOP TEN THINGS NOT TO DO ON A SPA VACATION

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  24. ROFL!! I laughed out loud at number 10!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah

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  25. Tamara Kulish · ·

    Lol! Too funny!

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    1. Thank you, Tamera. 😊

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  26. These are funny but also SO TRUE! Ah, how I would love a spa day, but that’s usually a one-time-a-year treat for me. However, after watching the Super Bowl (I’m a 49er fan), perhaps I deserve a spa day sooner rather than later (no mud though, please). What seemed like mud to me was the halftime show. Sad to hear people say this was an example of women taking charge of their lives. U G H. Totally the opposite of feminism and to me, anti-feministic.

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    1. I totally agree with you.,

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      1. ;-0 You and Jill, and I think many more. I even received an e-mail from a (FL) friend, 40, who ranted about the so-called “messages” these two performers were giving women. Not pretty.

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      2. I’ll bet these two wouldn’t listen to us if asked. 😀

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