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Family Vacation Frustration

July 14th, 2011 by Beth Feldman Founder, Role Mommy

Since I’m deep in the throes of planning a last minute summer vacation, a recent episode of “Desperate Housewives” totally struck a chord with me. Now that Tom has accepted a big job where he’s finally bringing in beaucoup bucks, he comes home to surprise the entire family with first class plane tickets to Hawaii. While any sane person would be thrilled their husband actually took it upon himself to book an entire family vacation to an unbelievable destination, that’s not the case with control freak Lynette, who feels completely blindsided because she was busy planning the ultimate cross-country family adventure in an Airstream trailer.

While the two battle it out for their kids’ vote — hoping to convince them that their vacation option is the better of the two, Tom and Lynette’s relationship appears to have hit the skids big-time. No matter what location they choose, it doesn’t seem to matter, since Lynette feels like she’s just been stripped of her self-appointed position as the Scavo family’s CFO.

As for me, I’d be thrilled if my husband decided to take over the planning and researching part of our family vacation. I can’t tell you how much I rack my brain every year trying to find an economical destination that’s got something for everyone: a place with great beaches, weather, food, and activities for the kids. Planning a vacation is enough to drive any mother insane and then, when you actually go away, you’re the one responsible for packing all the essentials while ensuring your luggage doesn’t tip the scales (and rack up even more fees) at the airport. Planning a family vacation can cause tons of stress in a marriage — just ask me. I’m still trying to figure out whether or not we should hit the Caribbean during hurricane season, or drive 8 to 10 hours to a familiar New England destination while battling bumper-to-bumper traffic and incessant choruses of “are we there yet?” from the back seat. If only I were married to Tom Scavo, because Hawaii is looking quite nice right about now.

Ever have a knock down drag out disagreement over a family vacation? Check out the Scavos’ latest battle and share your thoughts!

Last comment: Mar 18th 2017 3 Comments
  • Ann says:

    Personally, I have a hard time “pulling the trigger” on family vacations. I think it’s from a deep-seated need to make sure everyone is happy – the pressure of being the one to pick a location is just too much for me! I would love it if my husband would just pick (and plan!) something for us.

  • RetNJ says:

    so true unfortunately! my husband just assumes everything gets done magically all the time!!! Would be nice to sit in the backseat when planning something like this time and again!!

  • Susan says:

    Love it – a friendly little wager to see who can plan a better family vacation. I think it’s a great way to engage the children as well. They can help decide how they want to spend time away.

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