Surviving a Family Vacation

For most people, family is pretty important, and the bonds you have with your children, parents, siblings, or favorite aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents, etc. can be very strong and loving, and some of the most important in your life. That said, they can also be rather hard to deal with much of the time. It’s said that “familiarity breeds contempt,” and while familiarity can also breed love and acceptance, it’s very much true that a shared history has as much of a dark side as it does good. This ultimately translates to family infighting, getting tired of each others’ presence, and general frustration.

Family having lunch together

And if that’s true in general, it’s extremely true for family vacations. Typically, vacations are a nice way to relax, have fun, and experience new things, either enjoying the pleasant company of a person or people close to you, or going solo and pampering yourself. With family vacations, particularly large ones where you get many immediate and extended family members coming along, you certainly might be around people close to you, but there can also be a lot of drama, and if you have children, there are a whole host of other issues and trying circumstances. For this reason, Vine Vera has compiled a list of helpful tips to keep you sane on you next family vacation.

Woman reading a book in a park

Make Time for You
With family vacations—and group vacations in general, for that matter—the focus is often on what will be the most fun for everyone involved. This is great, and gives you a chance to have fun and bond with people you love, but it can grow tiring, particularly if you’re at all introverted, and you might feel drained and like you wish you could do something just for yourself. As such, you should do something for yourself! It’s important to be kind to yourself and allow yourself to do the things you like to do, all on your own, in the downtime between fun family stuff. What exactly this means depends on you and your interests, but reading a good book or taking a relaxing bath (many nice resorts and hotels have very, very luxurious giant baths with bubble jets and all) are great places to start. Also, if you have a favorite hobby, bring the supplies with you!

Small girl making a sandcastle in a beach.

Take Pictures
The main point of a family vacation is fun and bonding for everyone in the family, so make sure to document it! Are your kids having an absolute blast building a sandcastle? Take a picture! Is there a picturesque view perfect for a photo op? Gather everyone together for a selfie! Don’t forget to record all the happy memories and fun times you all had; you’ll probably cherish these kinds of pictures for ages, and if you’re into scrapbooking, vacation photos are just perfect for it.

Woman jogging.

Exercise
As we’ve mentioned, family vacations can be as stressful as they are fun, and exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Not only that, but it’s important for your overall health, as well as important details of your health like skin quality. Most hotels and resorts have a free to use (for guests) exercise room with cardio and weight machines, and sometimes free weights too. Besides that, you can always go for a brisk morning jog; it’s a great way to get a feel for the new environment of whatever place you’re staying at.

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