For many people making it to the end of the year can be a mixed blessing, because while they may be looking forward to having some time to relax, they may now also be faced with the task of trying to cope with a family holiday they aren’t looking forward to. Depending on the type of family yours is it can take anything from a few simple gestures to a monumental effort to make it through a holiday with your family. The following looks at a few ways that you can get through just about any kind of family holiday.
Keep It Short
Most people’s family holidays start off good and then slowly deteriorate as the time goes on, so if you want to avoid your family holiday being a disaster this year, try and convince everyone to make it a little shorter than normal. Apart from saving everyone some money on the trip, there will also be far less chance of your family holiday turning into fights and dramas if there is a little less time for people to get on each other’s nerves, so do your best to lobby for a shorter holiday this year.
Bring a Friend
Having some non-family support on a family holiday can do wonders for helping to keep you sane, so if you have a friend brave enough to take on the challenge, have them join you and your family on this year’s holiday. You will still need to spend the majority of your time with your family on the trip, but it will help to have someone to complain to at the end of each day, and having one of your mates there can also help prevent you from being unreasonable yourself.
Book Your Own Room
One of the hardest parts about spending a holiday with family can be sharing accommodation, especially if it has been years since you have lived with them, so rather than be irritated by your parents or siblings day and night on your family trip, book your own room for the family holiday this year. Whether your family is going to stay in short term accommodation or serviced apartments, having your own room to retreat to at the end of the day can provide you with some space and time to relax, which can easily be the difference between having a decent holiday and losing your mind.
Try and Be Patient
As much as your family may aggravate you, it is important to remember that they are still your family, so try and make a big effort to be patient with them, especially while you are all away on holiday together. While no one can push your buttons quite like family, the less you react to attempts to stir you, the less gratifying it will be for whoever it is that is trying to push your buttons, so for the sake of your own mental health, try and be patient and focus on having a good time.
Regardless of how dysfunctional your family may be, your family holiday doesn’t have to be a nightmare, especially if you are coming well prepared. So rather than resign yourself to a horrible family holiday before it even starts, make an effort to have this year’s family trip be the best one ever.