Have you ever had to go on a vacation with your in-laws?
Depending on the kind of relationship you have, it can be challenging. Travelling with your own parents is one thing. You can be direct, you can argue and it’s all good.
If you’re vacationing in a city that has lots to do, plan ahead. Let everyone contribute ideas on what they want to do and make a plan for each day. This will avoid the stress of figuring out what to do every morning and everyone gets to do something they want.
If you’re already going to be spending every day of your vacation together then it is a good idea to consider getting separate rooms from your in-laws as opposed to a villa or vacation home. This will at least give you a place to go if you just need little bit of alone time or some time to cool off.
If you have in-laws who want to pay for everything, this might lead to some uncomfortable moments. Of course when you were young kids, it was okay for the parents to pay for everything. But now that you’re all grown-up, it probably won’t feel right. Figure it out ahead of time or just take turns. If your in-laws pay for dinner, you can get breakfast in the morning. This also avoids an argument over the bill that we all know so well, at the end of each meal.
Try and keep your vacation to seven days or less. A long vacation is okay with your own immediate family, but it can seem extremely long when travelling with others. Keep things short and sweet. It’ll avoid meltdowns and hopefully allow you to look forward to the next trip.