Make Yourself Heard - My Family Travels

People do not drive without first having a known destination, not unless they are willing to waste gas. So before deciding to travel, it is important to determine the reasons for embarking on the journey. Oftentimes, people neglect this and come away from a vacation full of regrets and wishing to re-do it.

That is why when traveling it is crucial to understand and vocalize early what you want from your travel experience. In the event of traveling with a family this issue only becomes magnified. During my latest family vacation to Washington D.C. and New York City several of my family members came into the trip with manufactured expectations of what the trip should be.

For instance, my sister was most interested in buying purses and sunglasses from street vendors. My father’s sole purpose was capturing photographs of the iconic images he had heard so much about. Where we went and what we did was being determined by the loudest peron’s voice and did not reflect what I myself desired from the vacation.

I love to travel because of the way it expands my mind and betters my appreciation for the world and what it has to offer. What I really wanted from this vacation was simply knowledge and a new perspective on life. I came to the conlusion that if I was going to enjoy the rest of my vacation and accomplish my goals, I was going to have to speak up and voice my own opinions about what our trip should be about.

We had just gotten off the ferry and were inside the Ellis Island Musuem when my father decided to once again get out his camera. We took a few family pictures and began to go inside. I was eagerly awaiting seeing all of the exhibits, since for me this is what I thought our vacation should be about, but once inside my father made it a point to only make time for taking pictures.

Whenever I went off to read or look at anything he had seemed to find another perfect place to get a good photo of us. I was beginning to get very frustrated by this time and eventually I felt forced to vent. He had taken me away from what I had come to New York to see and I was not happy.

Although I could have been more polite, it was entirely necessary to inform him that I was not pleased. And because of my decision to speak out he heeded my requests. Traveling with a large family is always going to be difficult because of the need to balance so many varying interests, but if an opinion is not voiced at all it will never be heard and the interests of that person will never be met.

By formulating a roadmap and vocalizing what is desired, all persons involved will have a greater chance of capitalizing on their travel experience.Traveling is what you make it.

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