What to Expect During a Family Vacation (to Your Parents’ Hometown)
By Elizabeth Barrera
Traveling with family sounds amazing...until you remember that you’re visiting your parents’ hometown, you’re stuck on a 4-hour flight with your two younger siblings, and you all have to stay under the same roof for the next two weeks. Then you think to yourself “we’re adults now, there’s no way we’ll be bickering like children during the flight or trip”. Well, my friends, that’s mistake number one. You see, your relationship with your siblings is timeless. You can all be in your mid 30s to early 40s and still argue while throwing punches and aiming for a few leg hairs to yank.
For obvious reasons, we tend to think that our immediate family members are the ones who will be driving us nuts. However, it's really the family we're visiting who can actually press our buttons. Sad part is, that we've got to remain respectful, calm, and collected. I’ll be traveling with my family within the next month or so, and even though I’m excited to visit family I haven’t seen in years, I also know I’ll have to brace myself for what’s yet to come. Truth is, no matter how much you prepare, you’ll be sure to expect this:
1. You will be stuck in your mom’s aunt’s husband’s goddaughter’s birthday party while a relative is trying to hit on you.
2. Your siblings will be watching from afar, laughing, as you try to explain to your second cousin why you can't let him call you "chula".
3. You will be fed at every family household you visit (and you can't say no). (Mind you, that's about three households, and this doesn't include the street food you probably already ate.)
4. Your family will comment on how much weight you’ve probably gained since they last saw you (and vocalize every other flaw). Best part is that you've got to keep a happy smile on your face!
5. Your siblings will have your back because they’re on the same boat as you (just be aware that the jokes will follow you all the way back home).