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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reality: You’ll spend lots of time being silly and having fun with your family.
8. Expectation: You will hate every moment of this trip and count the seconds until you can go home and be by yourself.
Reality: You’ll love every moment of your vacation and will be really sad when it’s over.