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Are We There Yet: 8 Realities of Family Vacations

You thought your family vacation would be a walk in the park? Get real!

By: Renyelle Jimenez, Colgate University
This summer my family went to Disney World. Just to clarify, by “family” I mean me and 13 of my dearest relatives of varying age demographics got on a plane and flew from New York to Orlando for a week. Now I love my family more than anything, but I’d be lying if I said it was all a precious Kodak moment. I just don’t have a Kodak kind of family…and you probably don’t either, but your trip can be a lot of fun if you take my advice about the realities of family vacations. Who knows? Some of these realities of family vacations may even surprise you…

1. Expectation: Your mom is excited about the trip and she thinks you will be too.Peter Griffin Excited

Reality: You’re not excited and probably need more time to mentally prepare for the upcoming ordeal.


2. Expectation: Everyone is just as TSA savvy as you are. You have your boarding pass and ID in your hand, liquids in a plastic bag, and shoes off before you get to the front of the security line…because you are a professional.

Punch The Clock It's Time To Work

Reality: Everyone is NOT as TSA savvy as you are. Your cousin will forget about the laptop in his backpack. Your sister will forget that she can’t bring a 32oz can of hair spray on a plane and your dad will have magically lost his boarding pass between check in and security.


3. Expectation: You’ll have some independent time to read a book, work on a project, play solitaire, etc.

Duck Falling Asleep

Reality: The time you have to yourself will be spent sleeping.

4. Expectation: You’ll wake up early and get ready before everyone else so you can execute your morning routine without interruption.

It Won't Be This Pleasant

It Won’t Be This Pleasant

Reality: None of that will happen and you will end up sharing a sink with 3 other relatives.


5. Expectation: You’ll take the most beautiful family photographs at every important place that everyone will cherish forever.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

Reality: Most of the beautiful photographs you take will just be of those important places because it’s incredibly difficult to take a picture that more than 1 person approves of in the age of Instagram.

6. Expectation: If there’s time for the family to do something you’re passionate about, they’ll be just as excited about it as you are.

wait time

Reality: Your family is completely uninterested, but they’ll do it anyway because it makes you happy (even waiting 97 minutes for a ride).

7. Expectation: You’ll spend lots of time being silly and having fun with your family.

Azealia Banks 212 Gif

Reality: You’ll spend lots of time being silly and having fun with your family.

My Cousins and I riding Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

My Cousins and I riding Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

8. Expectation: You will hate every moment of this trip and count the seconds until you can go home and be by yourself.

renyelle family

Reality: You’ll love every moment of your vacation and will be really sad when it’s over.

Renyelle Jimenez

Colgate Univeristy | 6 stories

Renyelle is a Senior and Peace & Conflict Studies major at Colgate University who still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. What she does know is that she loves learning about people all over the world and she will accept any and all opportunities to travel to places she's never been.

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