Is surviving a family vacation as a grown-up even possible?
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Many of us have been in this situation for at least once in our lives…there’s a family reunion across the country, a memory your parents want to revisit, or just an instance where your immediate family wants to go on a road trip. Don’t say no immediately–one day, you’ll cherish the memories of traveling with your family. But prepping for what’s to come is super important.
Taking a family vacation will not be that great as when you were just a child. You should set out to make the most of it, and acknowledge it will just be somehow different. So, if you are worried that you will get bored with your parents at some fancy destination, and wondering how great would it be to go there with your friends, focus on the good stuff!
Planning is everything. Be there when your parents are talking about all those destinations they want to visit. Do research online. Find all those things that may be interesting to you. What about some specialties you can try there? Be sure that you are also a part of the plan and that your opinions matter.
You are not a kid anymore. What do I mean by saying this? I think how you need to remember that you are an adult now. If you are dreaming about trying that perfect cocktail everyone is talking about in the restaurant you are going to visit, remember that you can! You don’t need to completely change who you are…you are on vacation after all. If you typically don’t drink in front of your parents, test the waters with a glass of wine. They know you’re an adult–so own it.
Create space for yourself. Be sure that you have ”me time” on your family vacation. Of course, you will spend most of the time with your parents and loved ones, but yet, you need to be sure how you will be completely ‘free’ for at least a few hours per day. Do you want to go shopping alone? Get a massage? Even going for a peaceful walk can be just enough of a break to be ready to jump back into family fun time.
Planning is everything, but… But, you need to stay flexible a bit. You never know how will you spend your time there. Maybe you will meet someone new. Maybe you will make some new friends. There may be numerous pubs you want to visit, for example. leaving yourself open to possibilities will be more fun for you, and for your travel mates.
As you can see, it doesn’t need to be that bad. At least you’re going on a vacation! We are sure how you will have a great time together!
3 thoughts on “Is surviving a family vacation as a grown-up even possible?”
Sure it has its bad moments, but I do enjoy my trips with the family. We have a lot of fun and laughs and they shine more than the bad things.
Whenever my family mentions ‘road-trip’, I can already see all the horrors. Hopefully this helps for the next one.
Going with my parents on a trip older gave me more of a headache than it should. Definitely not doing it again.