6 Struggles Of A Family Vacation

6 Struggles Of A Family Vacation

I look forward to them each year, but I am fully aware that family vacations are rarely perfect.

I love going on trips with my family. Just as many others do, we usually plan some sort of a family vacation during the summer. I am hesitant about using the word “vacation,” though, because the trips that my family takes rarely fit the image of relaxing on the beach at a tropical destination. They are busy and packed trips, and as much as I look forward to the fun of them each year, I am fully aware that family vacations are far from perfect. Here are some of the biggest struggles that happen every year:

1. Choosing a destination

It’s a rare occasion that the entire family immediately agrees on where to go. The final result is sure to be a great place, but deciding to go there is the hard part.

2. Finding a place to stay

Having high expectations for hotels is something I try to avoid because it’s impossible to satisfy everyone. Queen sized beds, a perfect location, and a nice pool are all decent requests. What about finding a place that has all of that at a cheap price? It’s probably not going to happen.

3. The drive

Getting everyone in the car on time is a struggle, but keeping everyone in the car content is even more of a challenge. Plus, there’s always that one person who slows down the trip because he needs to go to the bathroom when nobody else does or needs to go and stretch.

4. Choosing what to do

My family typically tries to plan ahead and make sure that the trip has something for everyone. It sounds simple in theory, but making that happen is not as easy at is seems.

5. Deciding where to eat

He wants Italian. She wants Chinese. I want pizza, but after over 30 minutes of finding a place to go, I’ll take just about anything.

6. Not having space

Staying in a hotel room can mean getting pretty cramped, and it's safe to say that we all appreciate some time and space for ourselves. Nevertheless, a family vacation is a family vacation. We stick together and make great memories that we will never forget.
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Thank you for always being the best.

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We can't always be together, but you have never completely "left" me behind and have been there with me through thick and thin and I am so grateful.

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Thank you for not only being there through the bad, but also celebrating my victories with me. I can always look forward to telling you good news because I know you'll be happy right along with me.

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To My First Best Friend, Thank You For Being The Sister I Never Had

From preschool to high school, you were there through everything.


Picture this: you're 3-years-old and in your very first year of preschool. Your mom drops you off to some random people and you are now surrounded by complete strangers. Then, you suddenly begin playing with these new kids as if you've known them forever (if forever was three years long).

Or, your first best friend was born three months ahead of you, and it just so happens she is your dad's childhood best friend's daughter. Crazy how these things work right?

You were there through it all. Fast forward just a couple years, and I would be moving schools. Who would have thought a few years later you'd join me at my new school, too?

So here's a thank you. First, I would like to thank you for being the sister I was not biologically given. Although you had two of your own already, we were just as close. We fought — a lot. Who am I kidding, we still fight, but nothing changes the fact that we are family.

Thank you for being my adventure partner. For always wanting to explore like me! Whether it was our search for arrowheads or playing in fallen trees, you have never turned down our insane ideas of fun.

Thank you for always having my back. Whenever there may have been drama between someone else and myself, you never jumped to conclusions first. And you definitely were not one to switch sides and join in on the people who were not fond of me just for popularity. Through hardship, death, breakups, you name it — we have been through it all. You have always been there and I will always be there for you

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Most importantly, thank you for always staying true to yourself. Yes, along the way we have made new friends. This year specifically, we were both a part of very different crowds. But everything happens for a reason. Thank you for always being confident in us and our friendship no matter how hard things got for both of us.

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I'll love you always!

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