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How to survive a family vacation

Vacay with Mom, Dad and the sibs doesn’t have to be torture. We’ve got 3 ways to get ya through…
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ok so i saw my mom booking a plane flight and my sis saw her booking hotels.we dont know were we are goin because its supposed to be a surprise trip.i want to tell my mom that we know but im worried she will get mad and cancel the trip!
what should i do!!


Hey girl, its up to you. Sometimes surprises can be a good thing! If you really want to tell her, go for it. She might not cancel the trip. 


xoxo tory

Jess D.

by trying2bcool1998 on 8/22/2011 11:13:35 AM


I love to go on vacations Smile But my dad always snores... Oh well! Haha

by kansaschick on 8/19/2011 2:47:57 PM


Im so angry at my parents. I found out that they read every single text i've ever sent. At the exact time. To the exact number. And how many i've ever sent to that number. I feel so violated. I never tell them things because if i do then they're going to flip out and probably start to read my diary! When they didn't know the numbers that i was texting..THEY TRACKED DOWN THE NUMBERS, THE GUYS FULL NAMES, even their ADDRESS. Such creeps! I've stopped talking to them and i can't even look at them anymore because i feel so violated. How do i get them to stop!


Hey babe,

Try to keep in mind two things: 1) they're looking in order to make sure you're not giving away too much personal info and that you're safe (which I know, super annoying - but they care! Which is really important to remember when you're feeling upset), and 2) they pay the cell phone bill so they sorta have a right to know what you're doing with it. Personally, if I had a prob with how my parents were treating my phone, I'd probably try to save up the cash and offer to pay for my plan myself. That way, I was in full control! If there's no way of that happening though, I'd try striking some sort of agreement with them. Let them know that you'll tell them who you're going to text before you text someone new for the first time (and your background with them - like how you know them) if they agree not to read your actual texts. It's sorta like getting approval before you go out with a friend for the first time. You tell your parents who they are, but you don't bring your parents along, if that makes sense <3

Lauren C.

by emilyb on 8/15/2011 5:16:42 PM


My family and I are going camping in a week or so, but we recently found out that freshman orientation is the day we were going to come back. So my dad said we could leave early in the morning, but that idea completely stressed my mom out, and she said I have to choose between going to "an hour lecture or a four day family trip thats been planned for months", because she doesn't want a stressful ride home, and will ditch the whole trip if we have to rush that last morning. I don't know how to handle the situation, since I know that I'll end up having to miss the orientation because my mom is making me choose. What do I do?


Hey chica! I'd definitely talk to your dad about this. He should be able to calm your mom down!


Becca G.

by kguyer123 on 8/14/2011 12:09:08 AM


i just got back from two fam vacas and the last one i played banagrams the WHOLE time that game is sooo addicting!

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by LexilicousCandy on 7/9/2011 3:36:35 AM


MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD I'm going on a 12 hour road trip Saturday afternoon with my older cousin (girl), little brother, little sister and parents. My sibs fight, and my little sister gets carsick, my dad won't let us out of the car very often to use the restroom because he has to "make good time" and my parents will want us to keep things quiet...what are some good time passers for 12 hours and how do we make it thru with out my sis getting carsick and my sibs fighting?

Hey girly,
As a person who has gone on tons of road trips, I would say that you have a ton of options. If you can read in the car, then I would bring a few books and some magazines. You should also have your iPod packed too, just make sure you have a pair of headphones for your dad's sake. Also, some activity books, or books of quizzes, or books like Coke or Pepsi can be really fun, especially when you get the whole family involved. If you just relax and stay flexible and try not to take everything too seriously, then you will have a good ride.

Catie C.

by caitlingirl1997 on 7/8/2011 1:07:16 AM


What should I do on a 6 hour plane ride I'm going on tomorrow? It's a night flight, so most people will be sleeping (although I never sleep.) And I don't watch the movies that they play because people's heads are usually in my way. Also, I get bored of just listening to my iPod. What should I do on the ride? I am planning on reading magazines and books for part of the ride, but what should I do the rest of the time? Also, is it rude of me to turn on my light, because most of the lights will be off, and most people will be sleeping?


Hey babe! Just wear something comfy on a plane, you don't want anything sticking into you or making you uncomfortable. Reading and listening to your iPod are great ways to kill time, you can also bring some travel sized games or a deck of cards, I learned how to play so many card games while on planes. And it's not rude at all to turn on your light, that's why everyone has one, it's for your personal use. It won't bother anybody else. xoxo

Jess W.

by oceanlover69 on 7/7/2011 10:47:28 AM


My best friend.....

Thats horrible Frown The best thing you can do is be there for her. Thats the best you can do. Comfort her. Listen to her. Hold her as she cries. Do whatever she needs to feel better. That may mean she needs space. But make sure she knows you will do anything and everything to comfort her. xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by fireworks1071 on 7/6/2011 10:36:41 PM


so i'm basically on a family vacay without leaving home and i have a slight issue:my rents say no dating till 16 so i can't even really flirt in front of them and i've noticed alot of cute guys lookin at me and try to flirt without them without them noticing but this is so difficult. What should i do? it's given me alot of slef confidence but what should i do now??

Flirting should be fair game! Just cuz youre flirting doesnt mean youre dating. I say do it and if your parents freak out just say you were being nice and trying to make friends. They wont be able to have a rebuttal for that Smile good luck! xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by vikingmegan on 7/6/2011 10:13:36 PM


Family vacations are fun! The car ride can be long, but I'm always prepared with my cell, itouch, ds, and laptop! Smile

by Alle93 on 7/6/2011 8:21:45 PM


My besties b day is soon...I really want to make this one special! I'm low on cash, so I might take her to the near by ice cream shop; but like I said I want to make this b day super special, what else can I do for her that will make her happy, and not totally break my bank? Keep in mind that I'm not very crafty.. Thanks chica!! xoxoxo!

hey! why don't you print out a bunch of photos of you guys and paste them together for her, I'm sure she'd like that Smile 
Helen S.

by dolcecupcakes on 7/6/2011 5:11:53 PM


I have a 16 hour drive coming tomorrow!!! Casey L.

by karate1queen on 7/6/2011 3:17:52 PM


im going to disney world with my aunt!!!! i cant wait but we are going by plane Smile Casey L.

by girlslifeluver on 7/6/2011 2:32:57 PM


MOD MOD MODI'm going to the Philippines at the end of the month and there is a 16-18 hour plane ride! Any advice for what to do? I can't play on my iPhone the whole time because it's gonna run out of battery. So advice? Thanks Smile

Hey girl,

Chances are they're going to play movies on the plane, so you can always bring a pair of headphones and watch them. Also, reading a really good book will make the time go by faster, and since the plane ride is so long, sleeping is always a good option too.  Bring cards or bananagrams to take up even more time, and play with a parent or sibling. Have fun! x0x0
Casey L.

by Thecutenerd on 7/6/2011 2:22:54 PM



by colorqueen101 on 7/6/2011 1:36:22 PM


OMG GIRLS LIFE I FREAKIN LOVEE YOUUUU!! i swear you guys have the best article post timings ever! im just about to go on a 2 1/2 day family mini-vacation to an inn and resort! Laughing i have bananagrams and i never played with it since i got it.. so i'm gonna pack it for the 1-3 hour car rides!

by ifreakinloveeyou on 7/6/2011 1:25:19 PM


I really haven't seen any of my friends this summer! I've been spending most of the summer with my sister, cuz I recently broke up with my bestie, my other friend is in paris, and I have softball, and the county fair. So I have been busy but I'm not worried that I haven't been with my friends!

by nerdisthewurd26 on 7/6/2011 12:09:53 PM


Great ideas! This summer (in 3 days) we are leaving for a cruise around the Caribbean. But we can't really do the license plate game because we are going on a plane. My family doesn't really fight on vacation. And it's awesome that we're going to be on a cruise, because if we start to get annoyed with each other, we just go walk around by ourselves... my parents go to the hot tub, my brother goes to the basketball court, and I just wander around and get fries and just sit down haha. But then once we go to the ports, we really don't fight, we all just have a good time laughing and having fun... I love family vacations! I can't wait for Saturday Smile

by oceanlover69 on 7/6/2011 11:46:18 AM


The license plate game is really clever!! I'll start thinking about that one...

by Firework on 7/6/2011 11:38:53 AM


MOD MOD MOD I can't stand my life! My mom is grouchy and snippy, and takes everything out on me when she's mad. I get in trouble whenever she's annoyed with ANYONE. My dad is working out of state for the next month, and my younger sister gets under my skin until I blow up at her and I get in trouble. Oh yeah, we have an in-home daycare, so I have to get up at 7 am every morning and I can't go anywhere or have friends over. And my friends act like I don't exist! They never invite me over or even call me. My "best" friend has only invited me over once in the past year, and she lives five minutes away! They know my situation with daycare, but they act like they don't care. What can I do? I'm always angry and upset and can't have fun! Frown



Oh, girl. I'm so sorry you are having a tough time. Why not invite your friends out to a movie (maybe you can get some time off if you help out a lot)? If they still act this way, try talking to them. In the mean time try to make the best of things. Like the saying goes, kill em with kindness. Also, try to talk to your mom when she seems to be in a better mood about how you are feeling.

mary h.

by thecupcakequeen on 7/6/2011 11:34:56 AM


i fight with my brothers (12 and 9) sometimes and sometimes they can be sooooo hard to get along with, but i totally love them anyways. for example last night i made cupcakes and rice crispy treats with my little brother and me, my 12 year old bro, and my mom and going on a 3 day backcountry hiking trip at the end of the month. im soooo excited me and my bro both totally bond over hiking.

by mkroberts96 on 7/6/2011 11:33:57 AM


I honestly don't get why some people hate going on vacation with their family. Going to tropical destinations with my family is fun and always stress free. Even though we get in to spats at home, we leave that all behind to enjoy each other's company and to relax; it's a great time to catch up with each other because it 's putting our busy lives on pause. This year, we're going to Bermuda and I'm so psyched... I hope it's as fun as Hawaii was last year Smile

by cheerkat22 on 7/6/2011 10:18:55 AM


I have that game and my dog always grabs it and makes me chase it with this giant banana in his mouth Laughing Nothing will help me form not fighting with my sister...she is so mean. I would rather not even go on vacation :/

by topchef88 on 7/6/2011 10:08:24 AM

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