Whether you’re heading to paradise, hitting the road for
spring break or visiting Grandma’s, chances are at some point during your trip,
you’re going to start thinking not-so-nice things about your fam. Hey, when you’re
cooped up in the same space with the same people for an extended period of
time, that’s natural. Instead of making things worse by blabbing your bad
feelings, zip those lips and try some of these escapes, sweetie.
Go for a walk solo
Or, you know, with the dog. There’s no shame in making in
clear you need some alone time. Promise you won’t go far or do anything against
the rules your parents set—and stick to that promise in your quest for freedom.
Even heading downstairs by yourself and sitting with your legs in the hotel
pool can give you the independence you need to join the family again for a
Schedule a Skype date
with your buds back home
Between you, your parents and older siblings, we’re betting
someone has a laptop, tablet or smartphone in their travel bag. Ask nicely if
you can use it for 30 minutes to Skype with your besties back home. Sometimes
all you need is to chat up someone different for a little while. And catch up
on all the good stuff you’re missing.
Block off some quiet
Can’t handle the 24/7 sibling chaos? Pull mom aside and say
you’d be happy to help with your little bro later in the evening (or take him
to the park early for Mom and Dad to sleep in a bit), but you need 60 whole
minutes to yourself in the immediate future. Make your compromise fair and you’ll
get what you’re looking for, guaranteed.
Ask more questions
When all else fails, turn into a mini inquisitor. Pretend
you’re a journalist and ask your parents things you’ve never asked before. What
was their first concert? What was their best spring break trip? If you’re stick
with the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—the whole world, pretty much—you can
at least make it more interesting by finding out things you never knew before.
tried-and-true way to stick out a souring family trip? Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN problems with my parents, 411 on family feuds, how to talk to parents, spring break