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The Smell of Feet From the Backseat and Other Joys of Summer Vacation Season

Here we are in the heart of summer travel season again. As you and the family get ready to load up the Queen Family Truckster and embark on another adventure that’s sure to be filled full of rest, relaxation, run-ins with relatives resulting in fights, fun, and countless memories good and bad, there are a few things you should know.

The average family will have at least two big fights while on vacation. Some of the main reasons why are; navigation-related arguments, reading road maps wrong, taking wrong turns, arguing about food choices and spending too much money.

Speaking of spending money while on vacation, a new survey from Marketwatch reveals the average American spends $800 per year on trips they don’t want to take. We’ve all had the dreaded trip to Aunt Edna’s place. Most of the time we feel we need to take these trips out of obligation.

According to the survey, birthdays are the number one reason people take a trip out of obligation. After birthdays it’s, weddings, family reunions, then bridal and baby showers.

It’s not all bad news however; there are some trips we actually look forward to taking each year. And on the trips we do get excited about, we end up spending around $2,700 per year. Which usually ends up being money well spent, because it generally prevents us from going Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs the rest of the year.

Oh yeah, by the way, when you’re taking photos while on these little getaways, you should refrain from posting certain types of pictures on social media sites. Failure to do so will most likely result in you annoying practically everyone you know, which in turn could result in the loss of a few good friendships.

Here are the top 5 summer vacation pictures your friends DO NOT want to see:

  • A screenshot of your iPhone screen showing the temperature from where you’re vacationing.
  • Selfies (of any kind)
  • “Hot Dog Legs.” That is when you take a picture lying on the beach with your knees up so your tan legs look like two hot dogs.
  • You doing a “jump” shot.
  • A photo of you pretending to hold up a building, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Here’s hoping you and your family have a great summer vacation. I leave you with the immortal words of Clark W. Griswold talking to his son Russ about family vacations.

Source: Daily Mail

 

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