When you're a kid, summer is everything. School's out. The weather's warm. All you want to do is get up as early as possible and spend all day outside sweating up a storm, chilling by the pool, and eating all sorts of sugary, iced treats.
When you're an adult, summer is slightly less "fun" because you don't have your folks taking care of everything for you. You have to plan the summer vacation while still going to work and staying on top of your kids to make sure they're not destroying the house while you're away.
But that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun, which is why you planned for a family getaway out of town so you can enjoy a new city, some new sites, new food and hopefully new and happy experiences.
Like all good things in life, however, your summer vacation will ultimately be tested. Things will come and try to ruin your fun and it's up to you to react to them accordingly and do whatever is possible to make sure that you and your family and friends end up having an amazing time.
Even if you manage to get a see-through bathroom.
Or if you get arrested for accidentally sleeping in a room that doesn't belong to you.
Because we're constantly thinking about what to do next and are juggling so many different requests in our heads simultaneously during a vacation, it's easy to let a few things go unnoticed.
When I was a kid my family went to Disney World and my parents thought they lost my sister so, of course, they start freaking out, calling her name, and scaring everyone around us, only to realize that she was sitting on my dad’s shoulders the whole time #SummerVacationFail— Mollie LaFavers (@mklafavers) June 19, 2018
Flying can get a big expensive, so packing into a huge old station wagon that's prone to overheating is an American family tradition.
This next story is why you should always bring a spare...of anything that's vital.
And maybe check your surroundings before you relieve yourself.
One wisecrack could definitely ruin the whole family trip, so choose your words wisely.
Just another reason why I hate camping.
This woman's thread is another compelling argument against camping.
Make sure you always secure your camper.
Maybe don't mistake Disney characters as pinatas.
A year ago we had a Mickey Mouse pinata for my niece's birthday party. This summer we took her to Disneyland. She saw Mickey Mouse and began hitting him, pounding him. I grabbed her and said, "What're you doing?" She said, "I want candy!" My niece is seven. #SummerVacationFail— S. H. Love (@AuthorSHLove) June 19, 2018
If you're afraid of flying or can't afford a fancy trip to Europe, just go there on a stick.
Nothing like a broken face to ruin a perfectly nice vacation.
Trash bags are not a good substitute for luggage.
As a kid, my Mom used trash bags for dirty clothes & strapped them to roof of our station wagon. Coming home, they melted in hot sun, & our clothes flew all over 1-75, most notably our dirty underwear, now with REAL skid marks. #SummerVacationFail @FallonTonight @jimmyfallon— DeWayneHamby (@DeWayneHamby) June 19, 2018
Hurtling down sand dunes is never fun.
Old school camera problems.
We took this awesome vacation to Virginia Beach when I was young. Did a bunch of theme parks and even saw dolphins from our hotel. My dad was amazed at how many pictures his camera was taking until he realized there was no film in the camera #SummerVacationFail— M'lady Callahan (@calimay82) June 19, 2018
Contrary to what you thought as a little kid, scary things were happening outside the closet, not inside.