The 10 Worst Things About Family Vacations
Is it the screaming kids in the backseat? Maybe the expensive destination? The family member you just can’t stand to be around for more then a few minutes? Here are the 10 Worst Things About Family Vacations.
1. If you’re a kid the worst thing about family vacations has to be traveling in the backseat with siblings and being squished together with little or nothing to do. The boredom of the road and passing scenic views usually lulls inactive minds to sleep, while staring at a handheld game usually causes a dizzy spell from trying to focus while moving.
2. Long road trips in car are often aggravating. Tempers flare from “Stop touching me!” to Mom or Dad yelling “Keep your hands to yourself!” There is almost always someone who has to stop every few minutes to use the bathroom and holding it can cause antsy squirming. The trip seems endless like you will never arrive at the destination and the journey back is usually even longer. Traveling during the wrong part of the day can lead to bad traffic jams that prolong the trip. No one can ever decide on what music to play on the radio and every trip feels like its double the amount of hours it actually takes.
3. If the journey is by bus, train, or plane, keeping the entire family seated together and calm is almost impossible. Someone is always complaining about the how cold or hot it is and how they can’t sit still for any longer. Certain family members may want to take their own transportation or even save a little by flying at a different time. If you have very small children who have never been on an airplane or train before, they can get very curious and you have to keep an eye on them at all times. Older children can often be a hassle, because they want to make their own plans for arrival and don’t want to stick with the family. The task of keeping everyone together, getting to the departure on time, and picking up bags can all be a irritating. No matter what, a long trip can disrupt the relaxation of a family vacation.
4. Whether the family vacation is filled with older or younger members, there always seems to be the unnecessary argument. Aunt Susan hates the way Uncle Paul talks loudly. Little cousin Michael dislikes the way George steals his toys. Arguments between rival siblings or other family members can often ruin a family vacation. The worst part is that if you try to get between them, you end up becoming a casualty.
5. No one can ever decide what they want to do together. Picking a restaurant for dinner becomes a matter of life and death. The choice of going to the beach or walking the boardwalk is often met with indecision. Some family members want to relax while others are open to explore. Finding accommodations at the same hotel or house can cause an argument with those who don’t want to spend too much. . The family vacation is separated into individual adventures as opposed to enjoying each others company.
6. Unexpected weather can leave the family with cabin fever. The family can be trapped inside together if you’re at the beach during a rainy day or a cold front. Too much heat can be bad for grandma and grand pa, so they don’t get enjoy the crashing waves at the beach, and neither does the new baby for fear of giving her heat exhaustion. Weather can instantly put a damper on plans and the fun atmosphere.
7. Those of us with children enjoy having them around, but on vacation they can often become a headache. The younger children have to be watched closely to ensure they don’t wander off and get lost. All of their needs must be attended to before making plans to explore or enjoy the local culture. Teenagers must be kept on a short leash, especially if they are rebellious. They can easily find trouble for themselves on a vacation. Most teenagers think hanging with the family can be geeky when they don’t have any cousins or family members their age. This can particularly be a problem if you travel to a place that allows teenagers to drink between ages 16 and 20. You don’t want your teenager consuming alcohol or any type of drugs on a family vacation.
8. Some family members don’t understand the meaning of family and bring along uninvited guests without announcing it to the rest of the family. This can be uncomfortable, because for some the word “Family” means everything and having an uninvited guess can sometimes make things confusing. Some family members may not get along with the individual and others may feel like they are being intruded on so they can’t be themselves. Inviting a friend that everyone knows is perfectly fine, however, it can turn out to make other family members uneasy if they are not informed in advance.
9. Forgetting important items or luggage seems to be the worst thing about a family vacation. Every one always seems to forget the one thing they need. The toothbrush, deodorant, and hairbrush or just the small items that can be repurchased locally are not a huge deal, but sometimes people forget those big ticket items. The bathing suit, a formal outfit for an evening dinner, the IPod for the ride over, the charger for the cell phone or the baby’s favorite toy. This can turn a family vacation into a shopping excursion for items you already have or force you to borrow from another family member making you seem unprepared.
10. Family vacations always have to end at some time and this is the worst part. The trip home seems to be the most stressful part. The luggage is stuffed because you seem to have more items then you had upon arrival. The entire family is tired from a week long journey and no one really wants to return to work or school. Once you arrive home, unpacking all the luggage and the memories of the vacation leave you with a sad feeling of all the things you didn’t get to enjoy while on vacation.