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2017-08-15 07:24:47 AM  
We once rented a big house at the shore with friends and family. When you split the cost for many couples across a month rental, it can be really cheap. Here's the problem: issues. My theory: say every human being has a minimum of two issues. These can be anything from being vegan to a deathly fear of seagulls. When you put four couples in one house, that's a MINIMUM of 16 issues in the house. I've seen many vacations ruined by far fewer issues. We no longer rent with friends and family.
 
2017-08-15 07:54:52 AM  
Just me and my dude. No family, no friends.

That's why it's called a "vacation."
 
2017-08-15 07:59:37 AM  
Deathly fear of seagulls?
 
2017-08-15 08:51:09 AM  
If I go to an all-inclusive resort then I go with someone, if I travel and integrate into the local economy I prefer to go alone and meet up with the internationals/expats in their local places.
 
2017-08-15 08:56:20 AM  
The only way its a vacation for me is if I go alone.  Otherwise, its taking care of the family in a different setting.

I could spend an entire week in a hotel room, watching HBO, ordering room service and finishing off a fifth of Maker's.
 
2017-08-15 09:53:02 AM  
Depends. There are a lot less arguments when it is with friends. I will be going down to Crisfield, MD on Labor Day weekend for the National Hard Crab Derby with a friend and we are trying to convince my brothers to come down too. I hope the weather cooperates this year.
 
2017-08-15 11:18:46 AM  
I prefer friends. There's always a couple of them that are good at directions and have a clearer vision of what we will do. I'm more like, "Duh."
 
2017-08-15 11:28:13 AM  

naughtyrev: Deathly fear of seagulls?


Apparently, you can tell by how they ran so far away.

Also: what is this "vacation" of which you speak?
 
2017-08-15 11:32:15 AM  
For many years, it was just us three... me, Mrs_Fab, and little Allie_Fab. And believe me, we have seen and experienced a large chunk of Planet Earth in our days (and you should see our goddamn pictures!). But things change, and the little one is 24 now and living with someone. She's a working adult with a life of her own. Our trip to Belgium a couple months ago was probably the last one of the original threesome.

I'm a little sad about that, but not too much. Truth be told, the kid is a little high-maintenance.
 
2017-08-15 11:39:39 AM  
Every end of summer, 7 friends and I rent a house on the shore at Virginia Beach. Always a good time regardless of weather
 
2017-08-15 11:41:47 AM  
Just the husband.  We enjoy the same sort of things - not too touristy, but a little bit - and we compromise well.  My family, not so much.
 
2017-08-15 11:44:07 AM  
I would prefer to vacation with a friend or family, if I could afford to take them. I end up going alone because of my budget, but I would love to have the money to take someone with me to YS falls someday. It's the most beautiful place I've ever been.
 
2017-08-15 11:45:26 AM  

Atomic Jonb: The only way its a vacation for me is if I go alone.  Otherwise, its taking care of the family in a different setting.

I could spend an entire week in a hotel room, watching HBO, ordering room service and finishing off a fifth of Maker's.


What do you do on day 2?
 
2017-08-15 11:50:38 AM  
I like having a friend with me, but prefer if they have their own agenda, as it allows someone to meet up and eat with, but allows breathing room and for me to do my own things when I want.
 
2017-08-15 11:54:07 AM  
Vacation with the boyfriend, or vacation alone. I am done vacationing with family because it's almost always "we all want to do X and you should, what do you mean you want to just lay around and relax?"

These days I consider spending a couple of weeks off at home by myself doing sweet fark-all to be a vacation.
 
2017-08-15 12:02:46 PM  
I used to take very long road trips alone, using MLB parks and brewpubs as guideposts. It was a good life, but now that I'm married with a couple of young kids, I can't freaking wait until the boys are old enough to really get out and see the country.
 
2017-08-15 12:03:45 PM  

MissFeasance: Just the husband.  We enjoy the same sort of things - not too touristy, but a little bit - and we compromise well.  My family, not so much.


You guys sound like us. Also, please tell me your husband's name is Mal.
 
2017-08-15 12:05:57 PM  
My wife and I do all of our vacations alone. It's better that way because the more people you have the harder it is to plan anything and to get everyone on the same page. We go to her parent's house for Christmas ever year and it is a major ordeal to get everyone together to do even the simplest things.

/The fewer the better.
 
2017-08-15 12:10:21 PM  
We've done vacation 3 different ways.
1.  Alone
2.  Meet people there
3.  Travel with people

Really...  It's all good.  Once you get to your destination, you're not exactly obligated to bring everyone with you wherever you go...

We've never gone without the kids.  Although, since they are getting older, that's probably going to start happening...
 
2017-08-15 12:20:44 PM  
Having just met up with the family for a vacation. And spent 90 minutes waiting for everyone to be ready at the same time to go for dinner...

Reminded me why I go on vacation on my own.
 
2017-08-15 12:39:04 PM  
I usually vacation with my friend Johnny Walker.  Sometimes we bring along his brothers Black and Red.  Every once in a while I will go fishing with my old buddy Weiser.  I like to keep it simple.
 
2017-08-15 12:51:10 PM  
There's ups-and-downs to everything, obviously.
1. Alone: I only have to put up with my own shiat (and considerable as that shiat may be, I have mostly gotten used to it). Operate on my own schedule (or not at all).
2. With friend(s): End up going to do something I never would have bothered with on my own, plus you get to reflect off someone else's experience. Whether it's sharing good times or misery, it makes for good stories.
3. With family: Oh god, please no!  (Mostly) kidding - I'm heading out with the kids for a road trip at the end of this week, really looking forward to it. I don't think I could handle travelling with any other family members though.

I think my ideal is to travel to the same place at the same time as few people I know - make it a very loosely-knit group where you might grab dinner or check out some event with them, but you could just as easily go off on your own.
 
2017-08-15 12:51:45 PM  

Subtonic: Atomic Jonb: The only way its a vacation for me is if I go alone.  Otherwise, its taking care of the family in a different setting.

I could spend an entire week in a hotel room, watching HBO, ordering room service and finishing off a fifth of Maker's.

What do you do on day 2?


I was wondering what he did after lunch and you're already on day two?
 
2017-08-15 01:05:56 PM  
I like to vacation with my friends!

So... alone.
 
2017-08-15 01:35:07 PM  
Depends on my objectives.

If I want maximum flexibility or relaxation, then alone or maybe one friend.

If I want a big party, lots of fun, but more issues, then friends and family.
 
2017-08-15 01:36:20 PM  
I don't know anyone older than a protesting teen that vacations with family.

I know I'll get an "I do".

You will be the first person I've ever met that does.
 
2017-08-15 02:00:48 PM  
Alone or with a friend when I am vacationing for something that I just want to spend time by myself not worrying about the rest of the family (ie gencon)

With family for family type vacations (ie cottage on the lake, or say the trip we took out to rapid city)

Then there is the 'staycation' I took this summer where I spent a week on yard work.  Yay.  Kids helped, though.
 
2017-08-15 02:21:31 PM  
When my in-laws lived in the same city, my preference was to leave the kids with them while my wife and I went on vacation.  Never a problem.  Now that they're 1,000 miles away, my wife takes the kids and spends time with her mom and stepdad while I go off by myself.
 
2017-08-15 02:27:00 PM  
Co-travelers need to have a bit of fearlessness, initiative, curiosity, and stoicism. There's too much inertia with a group.
 
2017-08-15 02:27:52 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: I don't know anyone older than a protesting teen that vacations with family.

I know I'll get an "I do".

You will be the first person I've ever met that does.


You don't know parents who vacation with their children?

But to confirm your assumption, I know a fair number of adults who vacation with their adult siblings and/or their siblings' families (and a LOT if you count long ski weekends as a vacation).  A few of them have vacation property in the family, making it something of a tradition, while others just actually seem to like their siblings.
 
2017-08-15 02:29:43 PM  
Also, if it is a day trip, make it a bus trip to Atlantic City for me.
 
2017-08-15 02:58:09 PM  
My 'kids' are in their 20's & 30's. There's no feckin' way I'm going on vacation with them anymore! I did my time & fulfilled my family obligations, dammit!!
 
2017-08-15 05:24:18 PM  
Did a road trip through most of the western U.S. National Parks over 17 days.  Spent 5 different nights at relation, two nights in a hotel, and the rest of the vacation in a tent.  Yes, I was alone.  Dream vacation with almost no problems.
 
2017-08-15 05:25:59 PM  
I vacation alone, because I am Alone.

Went on a trip to San Francisco back in March 2015 after I got laid off from my last job.  Had a great time.
 
2017-08-15 05:26:18 PM  
Just me and the wife. (sometimes the dogs get to go too)  I don't have to be held to someone else's schedule and I rarely find "tourist" destinations desirable.  I made the mistake of going on a family vacation with my father and stepmother (and others) and the entire week was a farking nightmare.
 
2017-08-15 06:09:11 PM  
Always alone. Vacation is for resting. Can't rest when you have to think of other people. If I feel the need to socialize, there are always some local friends, or you'll meet some other travellers or locals somehow anyway.
 
2017-08-15 06:19:21 PM  
I can have a great time in a big house for a week at the beach with a bunch of friends or family.

But I'll need a vacation afterward.
 
2017-08-15 07:45:19 PM  
Alone with my awesome wife.  We have a blast together.
 
2017-08-15 10:41:07 PM  
My wife and I almost always end up including kids and grandkids in our vacation plans - whoever can make it is invited along and we help with the tab. Occasionally though we do take off just by ourselves but that's usually to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
 
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