Family vacations, the words inspire images of either horror or ecstasy depending on who is asked. Unfortunately, I happen to fall on the side that has feelings of horror and dread whenever my wife brings up the idea of a family vacation. There are some good things about family vacations, I am not a complete cynic, but what we are talking about here are the worst things about a vacation with your family.
1. Expense: Have you ever wanted to go somewhere really bad, you can afford it and really look forward to going. Now multiply the cost by 4 or 5 and see if you can still afford to go. Family vacations add money, lots and lots of money, which reduces the choices for most average American families
2. Time: Taking your family along on a vacation adds nothing but time to every part of the trip. More time to get ready, more time to travel, more time to get unpacked, etc, etc, etc.
3. Noise: The more people you bring with you the more voices have to be heard. I want peace and quiet on a vacation, something hard to come by when 4 women are yelling for my attention.
4. Fighting: the more people are along the higher the chance of fighting. That is just simple math. Again, where is my relaxation time?
5. Baggage: Not just emotional but the actual lugging of huge amounts of luggage on a family trip. As the sole man of the household guess who does the heavy lifting?
6. Sickness: Inevitably, someone on a family vacation gets sick. Again, the more people you bring the higher the chance. Nothing ruins a vacation like a sick child, not just for the child but for all involved.
7. Complaining: Patience is often lacking when family vacations get underway. Kids want to be there, parents just want kids to be quiet, and on it goes.
8. Indecision: Getting a larger group involved inevitably ends up in everyone being unwilling to commit to any one thing. Even going out to dinner can turn into an endless brainstorming meeting of options and desires.
9. Room: Unless you are blessed with loads of cash you will most likely be cramming as many people as possible into the smallest room to try and save cash. Bathroom fights, bed fights, and TV fights will soon follow
10. Family: Sometimes you don’t need a vacation from work. Sometimes you need a vacation from your family vacation.