There are things I love about traveling with my family members: everyone’s got a big personality and we all love to eat. But there are some things about family vacations that do bug me.
1. No freedom.
If you’re going on any kind of group vacation, chances are someone will take the reins and dictate what will be done for most of the trip.
2. No privacy.
This sort of crossovers with #6 (no peace), but I have had quiet lacks of privacy before. The problem is that you always feel a little self-conscious. Forget about singing in the shower or sleeping in your undies if you have to share a room with someone. The other thing that sucks about not having privacy is when your grandma turns on the TV in the room when it’s 4AM, or when your nephew can’t sleep so he insists on jumping on your bed for a good half hour.
3. Going with other families.
Traveling with other families can be fun, but also ironically lonely. In my case we went traveling with a couple whose kids didn’t warm up to me, so once again I was left feeling like the lonesome only child. If you ever plan a family friends trip, make sure your kid isn’t left out in the dust.
The funny thing about people with vibrant personalities is that they can also be incredibly loud. Think constant raucous laughter in a small car when you’re trying to get some shut-eye at 7 in the morning. Even my noise-canceling headphones couldn’t save me.
5. If it’s a road trip, no space.
Families, of course, tend to be big. So when you go on a road trip there’s usually little room to move. And if you’re slow (like me) then you’ll have a tendency to end up sitting in the middle, the most squished seat of all.
6. No peace (snoring.)
Plenty of people in my family snore. Really loud. So loud that if I have to share a room with the wrong person I won’t be able to sleep. Then the next day you barely have the energy to keep up with the day’s activities and everyone will think there’s something wrong with you.
If you do something embarrassing they won’t let you forget it. Let’s say you happen to have a flatulent moment. They will laugh and laugh and laugh until their tummies hurt.
8. Constant fatigue
Being with your family is something to be cherished so of course it’s not a surprise that families always try to put too much on the itinerary during trips, as this is supposed to be their time spent together. The thing with me is that I don’t have the best stamina, so as the day wears on I get more tired and more quiet, making everyone think that I’m somehow mad at them when I just don’t have the energy to keep up with the rest of the group.
9. Having to bring my violin abroad to practice.
When I was in elementary school my parents and I always took Spring trips to Europe. This would be right before the annual school music festival, so guess what my mom gave me as my carry-on. Imagine being jet-lagged and having spent the day jetting from one museum to the next. You finally arrive to your hotel room with its comfy, comfy bed only to remember that you have to practice the darned violin for a half hour first. And you might think I’m complaining, but this was when I was first learning how to play. I knew my violin sounded like a squeaky mouse so I wasn’t keen on hearing it every day.
10. No internet.
Sadly enough, in this day and age it’s really difficult to go a day without the internet without feeling like you’re dying. Entertainment aside, we have mail to check, and some people prefer to communicate via internet rather than phones. And even if you happen to have internet access, there’s no way you can excuse yourself to go online for a few hours without feeling like a jerk.
Families can be fun to go on trips with. They can also be a bit annoying. Either way it’s an adventure.