Happy New Year! If you’re just getting back to the grind after a family trip, chances are you’re feeling… like you could use a real vacation. A few readers who submitted anonymous confessions about traveling with the whole family had positive things to say — but most of them were of the opinion that “vacation” with kids is more of the usual craziness, just in a different, usually less convenient location. Here are 28 people’s honest thoughts about trips with the fam.
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It’s not a vacation, it’s a work trip.
Nightmare sharing room with 3yo. Rather be at home.
Husband is more of a PIA than the kids 🤣
being around smug team no-kid relatives makes me want to scream
I feel punished for having a family of 5. Hotels are a joke. Family passes are for 4. WTH!
We are one and done, and seeing families with multiples on vacation gives me anxiety
I wish we’d stayed home because it was AWFUL, but we did it for my parents who paid.
Same work- or maybe more!- different location & not familiar where anything is!
I’d rather take a vacation by myself
So much work for me! I get jealous seeing my hubby relax while I wrangle the kids
The finest resort still feels like camping when kids are in tow.
Kids ruin every fam vacation. Someone is always unhappy with the plan – ALWAYS
As a single mom, my kids keep me company on vacation, I’m grateful even if it can be tiring.
I’d rather go on a trip with my girlfriends than anyone I’m related to.
I’m like the family travel agent who also goes on the trip to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Vacationed with husband, in-laws and 2 kids. Felt like I had 5 kids.
We love them! And the kids love them more than they like getting gifts 🙌
It would be more of a vacation if my family just went without me and I stayed home in silence
I’d rather leave my husband at home and just go with my kids
It’s not really a “vacation” it’s just watching your children in a different location
I’m a SAHM and vacations feel more like a job I didn’t know I was applying for. I work the entire time
Never get a room near or above the pool area. You’ll be swimming 24/7.
I “accidentally” booked myself a seat a few rows away from my family on a flight.
I don’t take my kids on vacation because it’s too stressful for all parties involved.
It is not a vacation, it’s a trip! Same *hit different place
Hate them, dread them, always force fake happiness so much that it’s so exhausting! 😅
I refuse to go with in-laws overnight
We call them type B fun. Not necessarily fun at the time, but is a happy memory 🤷🏻♀️