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Vacation is typically a wonderful thing. Nothing beats turning on your automatic replies and leaving for a week. Some people like to go to the beach, I prefer to go to the lake. But, whatever you do, it’s hopefully a nice relaxing time. You may be used to taking a trip with your friends or by yourself, or maybe it’s just a typical family vacation — but there is nothing quite like vacationing with your in-laws.
Vacationing with your in-laws can go a few different ways depending on what kind of people your in-laws are. You may have married into a crazy family or you may have married into the Duggars. Regardless, I have a few tips for you to help you get through a vacation with your in-laws.
Do your research.
Before you ever actually arrive at your destination, it is imperative that you know what you are getting yourself into. Hopefully by this point in your relationship, you have actually met your in-laws before and this vacation is not your first time together. If it is, good luck! Your ears are your most important asset for this. Try to get a feel for what they like to do on vacation. Usually, if you’re patient enough, you can hear your in-laws recount old vacation stories. What did they do? How drunk did they get? Has anyone been arrested? These are all important questions that you need to know before you decide to let the animal loose on vacation.
Hopefully, you and your in-laws are in good standing. Whether they love you or don’t quite know about you, it never hurts to kiss some ass. Start volunteering your time and energy in the early vacation planning stages. Even if they don’t need any help from you, they will still appreciate that you are willing to do whatever you can. Maybe you have some connections to hook everyone up with some savings, maybe you vacation and do the same area your entire life, or maybe you have a vehicle where everyone can pile in their shit. I like to remember my three Cs: Cook, Clean, Carry.
Keep it together.
Even if your in-laws like to have a good time, it is important that you still keep your wild side under control. I like to abide by my own rule where I make sure that I am never the drunkest person in the room. Even if I am completely blacked out, as long as someone else is more blacked out than me, I’m in the clear. Yes, my blackout may still be noticed, however, I can always shift the attention to the drunker person. Easy. For example, my brother-in-law turns 21 while we are on vacation this year. You know damn well that I’m going to push the line during the pregame and ensuing bar crawl. All I need to do is make sure he is drunker than me.
So far, I have given a layout of the proper way to handle vacation with the in-laws. I would now like to leave you a method of vacationing with the in-laws the fun way.
Always be the first to eat and eat as much as you can. Free meals are the best. When everyone goes to play putt-putt, take your actual putter and get focused. You can’t let anyone beat you, that would make you look weak. You also can’t let anyone outshine you at beach kickball, pool volleyball, or cornhole. You have to kick everyone’s ass or they will never respect your opinion about sports. Sports are important.
Whatever approach you take towards family vacation, just remember that you can always pull out your laptop and say you need to do some work. It’s the perfect excuse to dip out of any situation. Tune in next week and follow along. .