Lindsay Gill: Single travels vs. Family travels

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Single travels vs. Family travels

I had plenty of time to ponder the differences in traveling as a single woman vs. traveling as a family as we drove 6 hours each way to Buffalo and back.  Specifically, I went to the Bahamas for Spring Break in college, and memories of that trip somehow found their way into my thoughts.  Don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining...I'm just...being silly.

Single:
We made plans to go to the Bahamas in advance.  Spring Break. No school, jobs, or plans.  

Family:
We made tentative plans. You never know when a stomach flu will rage through the house and debilitate everyone.  Any travel plans that come to pass are made around nap time or bed time.

Single:
Mosey on over to the mall to pick up some cute things for the trip.  Maybe get a spray tan.  Head to the gym to do some last minute toning.

Family:
Start making lists and lists of things you will need for the trip.  Not things you personally need, but things to help the greatest number of people survive the trip.

Single:  
Get the weather app on the phone to get weather updates. 

Family:
Borrow a travel DVD player. Charge said DVD player. Go to library to get DVDs for DVD player.  Find out the charger is not compatible with your car.  Pack snacks. Fruit snacks. Juice boxes. Diapers, wipes. Potty. The gang of stuffed animals.

Single:
Bring a cute Vera bag with you.  Should I check the bag or just hold onto it?  Hmm I just hate when I have to put a bag under my feet, I'll check it for sure.  Plus my hair straightener might not make it through security.

Family:
It's game day.  Spend an entire day packing the car.  Assume your husband can pack for himself.  Assume wrong.  Assume that we will not be taking every pillow we own with us.  Assume wrong again.  Luke's hungry.  Feed Luke.  Luke has a dirty diaper, change Luke.  Get poop on your clothes.  Change your clothes.  

Single: 
Get a ride to the airport and find the nearest Starbucks!  Oh boy we should have picked a later flight, I'm tired!

Family:
Depart from the driveway.  We need gas.  Luke realizes that he is "stuck" and needs "help!" Break out the snacks already.  Realize you forgot your phone charger.  Go back home.  Thank goodness because you also forgot to shut the garage door.

Single:
Ugh there's a screaming child in the airport.  Earphones.  and Candy Crush!

Family:
Luke is "stuck" in his car seat and "needs help" for 6 hours straight.  Go to Target to get everything that you forgot for yourself...toothbrush, clean underwear, and a shirt for the next day.  Eventually fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow and start dreaming of the Bahamas.

The is obviously just the beginning, but the differences are truly remarkable.  Yet I wouldn't have it any other way!




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