No one knows when the concept of the family vacation first appeared. What is well known is that vacations of this type can either bring families closer together or fail miserably. Before you assume that your family must take a vacation together, it is important to decide if the trip will yield positive results or if everyone will spend the entire time wishing they were somewhere else.
Going somewhere can be exciting, assuming everyone wants to go there. When you and the rest of the family can agree on where to spend the vacation, there’s a good chance that it will be a success. If no one can seem to get on the same page, chances are that no one will end up having a good time.
As a parent, you could always pull rank and inform the family that the vacation will take place at the destination of your choice. This usually has mixed results. Some of the kids would rather stay home, others will go along with the idea and complain most of the trip. If you are lucky, there will be one or two moments when everybody does enjoy themselves, but those moments will be fleeting. Unless you can come up with at least a consensus on where to go, you are better off staying home.
Traveling with the Family
When planning family vacations, no one gives a lot of thought to the types of travel delays that can happen. During the planning stage, nothing goes wrong. Flights are on time, cars never break down and hotel reservations are always correct. In real life, the fact is that something is bound to go wrong.
The goal of a vacation is to return home well rested. If you’ve spend most of the time cooling your heels in an airport or wiring relatives for money because your car broke down, chances are you will not return home feeling particularly energized.
On the other hand, if the traveling is relatively uneventful, you have a good chance of getting in some rest and relaxation. Try to have a backup plan in place, so if anything does go wrong you can overcome the obstacle with a minimum of frustration or delay.
Money Money Money
While a family vacation can be a lot of fun, it is usually an expensive endeavor. Even if you’ve saved money and paid for the travel and hotel in advance, there are still all those incidentals. Between the meals out, the shopping and the cost of tickets to get into museums, amusement parks and other venues, it doesn’t take long to rack up a lot of credit card debt.
Sooner or later, you will have to deal with the vacation expenses. This can mean lean times once you are home again. Ask yourself if eating macaroni and cheese three times a day for several months is really worth it. If not, you might do well to plan a series of long weekend outings for the family, taking in the sights and events that are a little closer to home – and more affordable.
The Bottom Line
You are the one who must decide if taking a family vacation is worth it. Weigh the potential, obvious benefits with the disadvantages that could come about. Think about your family and what traveling in close quarters could do for or to your relationships. Don’t forget to consider the financial stability of the household as part of the process. With a little luck, you can look at the entire idea objectively and decide what is really in the best interests of your family.
–Article provided by Nvisolutions.com