The perks and pitfalls of traveling with extended family

Taking a trip with your extended family can be great… and it can also be, well, less than great.

While you are guaranteed to walk away from time together with many memories, there also could be a few bumps along the road. Read on to take a look at some of the best and less “fun” aspects of planning a Home Exchange with your extended family.


Perk #1
Your whole family is with you

Pitfall #1
Your WHOLE family is with you…and there could be days you wish they weren’t


Perk #2
Built in childcare!

Pitfall #2
If you don’t happen to have children, you can quickly become the built in childcare.


Perk #3
There is always someone there to lend a hand with whatever you might need.

Pitfall #3
There is ALWAYS someone there, even in the moments you wish you could be alone.


Perk #4
You will have plenty of people to help spread around the culinary responsibilities.

Pitfall #4
Too many cooks can make a good meal much more complicated. Beware those moments when knives are involved.


Perk #5
Costs can be spread around to make a trip much more affordable…

Pitfall #5
Unless there is that family member who always wants more than their share.


Perk #6
More heads equals more ideas for what to do!

Pitfall #6
More heads also equals many opinions to juggle and many more opportunities for uncomfortable “conversations”.


Perk #7
Through all the quality time, you are sure to get to know your family better.

Pitfall #7
With all that quality time, your family is going to get to know YOU better! (Alright, not totally a pitfall, unless they turn around and tell THAT story around strangers.)


Perk #8
Memories, memories and more memories

Sure, traveling with a family can be stressful, but in the end it creates so many wonderful moments that you may be willing to overlook the things that trip you up. You might enjoy it so much that you start planning another trip as soon as you return!

Have any fun moments of traveling with your extended family you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments!


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