Dear Crissy

Family vacations: Fun or stressful?

This week on Jen & Barb Mom Life, I’m talking about family vacations! Personally, I’m super optimistic about family vacations and I refuse to let the fear of what COULD go wrong cloud my mind, but I do know that, well, something usually goes wrong!

Are you able to actually enjoy your family vacation? Check out this video from Jen & Barb, and then read my guest post on their blog.

Oh, and you can also share your opinion on this topic to win one of two Visa Gift Cards, so keep reading!

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Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you find family vacations fun and relaxing, or super stressful (feel free to tell me a story)! I will be choosing two winners at random (US only) to receive (1) $50 Visa Gift card and (1) $25 Visa Gift card. Good luck! Ends 8/21 11:59 p.m. Giveaway Closed.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jen & Barb Mom Life. Opinions are my own.

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  1. Kim Henrichs — August 14, 2012 @ 9:26 pm (#)

    We are very easy going and spontaneous, so i don’t find family vacations stressful.


  2. Devin — August 14, 2012 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    I go a little nuts with the picture taking in family vacation settings. But my favorite part is seeing what my other friends and family members have shots of. It gives me a whole new perspective on our trip from a new pair of eyes!


  3. Kassie Jo Lauhoff — August 14, 2012 @ 9:28 pm (#)

    Honestly there a little of both!! Always have a fun,but theres also alot of stressful moments!!


  4. Nicole B — August 14, 2012 @ 9:29 pm (#)



  5. tammy — August 14, 2012 @ 9:30 pm (#)

    I think for any mother a family vacation is stressful.. It is her job to make sure everything is taken care of..


  6. Bridget — August 14, 2012 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    I think they can be both, but actually more stressful than relaxing! We went a our first (mini) vacation this year and it was stressful making sure things were “planned” so you didn’t get bored, but also allowing time to sit back and relax. In addition to finding healthy places to eat and staying within a budget!!


  7. Lindsay — August 14, 2012 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    I think they can be both relaxing and stressful, Exspecially when you have children:) When your on a vacation with children you will probally be relaxing when the kids are swimming or sleeping. I guess depending on there ages. But I say that u cant always have a perfect vacation wether it is stressful and or relaxing. U make the most of it . Enjoy it and make many memories. I know thats what I do !


  8. Jessie L. — August 14, 2012 @ 9:32 pm (#)

    Both. Sometimes it stresses me out that I am still responsible for everything (just like at home) but relaxing at the same time because at the beach it is hard not to relax. Hotel vacations are harder. It is hard for me to do meals (at least 2) in rooms that have no tables. The last Hilton (in Daytona) that we stayed at had no mini fridge. Can you believe that? You had to pay for it. Heck no, we filled our cooler once a day with fresh ice.


  9. Allison Almond — August 14, 2012 @ 9:32 pm (#)

    I find vacation extremely stressful. Everything from pre-planning, to the packing, and the organizing. then unpacking into the hotel etc. and re-packing making sure nothing is forgotten. A vacation to me, is the 12 hours after we get back. Everyone is pooped and I get peace and quiet.


    • Tina Harris — August 14th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

      I’m so with you Allison!! it’s the SAME way at my house!

  10. Elysia S — August 14, 2012 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    Family vacations are super stressful! My parents only go on Chinese speaking tours and I’m pretty sure they made “no fun allowed” a rule.


  11. Adina — August 14, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    Vacations are stressful for me before and after with all of the packing, unpacking, and laundry. I also don’t necessarily enjoy the traveling with the kids. I do however enjoy the vacations while I’m on them, even if they are not too relaxing!!!


  12. pam clouse — August 14, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    i have not been on a vacation since WAAAAYYYY before my daughter was born. i do remember having a lot of fun, amid the stress, fun always won out. ! :)


  13. Helen Stockwell — August 14, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    If you are able to plan things ahead of time and prepare yourself (or at least to the best of your ability), then vacations with family can be a TON of fun. If your not prepared, then things can be quiet hectic to the third degree and not fun for anyone, including yourself.


  14. Vicki Wagner — August 14, 2012 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    Vacations are a little of both for me. But I must say that it is still good to see and do new things and take a break from routine. And families should see as much of our country as they possibly can. Before I die, I would love to see a bit of all 50 of our beautiful states.


  15. Jessica Jennings — August 14, 2012 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    Fun yet stressful at times. If you plan ahead and pack way ahead of time its less stressful. The OCD person Iam can never pack too much because the what if always comes to mind. Plan way ahead and bring extra. (:


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!