5 tips to keep you calm if you're heading off on a family holiday
Summer's on the way.
Which means holidays we can't afford, which in turn means going away with your family.
We all love our families and would do absolutely ANYTHING for them. Despite this, a huge amount of time spent in close proximity with anyone can prove quite taxing. We're here to help out and we've compiled a list of things we highly recommend when it comes to keeping your cool when travelling with family.
- Don't forget to pack your patience - You are still the baby in the family, it doesn't matter if you're 13 or 35. Family members automatically revert to the original roles, they will scold you so get used to it and remember to breathe.
- Plan some solo activities - Family bonding is a wondrous thing, but sometimes time away from the family can be just as glorious. Be sure to take care of yourself when on a family packed adventure, head off on a walking tour just you and get some well-earned alone time.
- Know that they won't believe the Sat-nav - The sooner you get to grips with this idea the better. Older generations of family will think that any directional devices are attempting to steer them in the wrong direction. Just leave them to check that massive piece of paper with squiggly lines on it (it's called a map). No harm no foul.
- Remember that you will fight - Holiday fights don't count as actual fights. You will bicker and you will have minor tiffs, but it's usually surrounding tomato ketchup or showers, so they're quickly resolved.
- You'll only remember the good stuff - Aside from the wee squabbles and the incessant questions believe us you will ONLY remember the laughter and the craic, so embrace the lanyards and bumbags, KNOW that you will be mortified on at least one occasion and enjoy the ride.