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people you'll NEVER vacation with again

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Vacations are the one thing we look forward to as a busy family with young kids. We've always taken our family vacations by ourselves, sometimes bringing our parents who do a good job mixing in. Well on one particular occasion we invited our best friends, also with 2 young kids (whom we spend a good bit of time with) to spend a weekend with us at the beach. We all really looked forward to it but from the moment we all arrived there was intense stress on their part from dealing with cranky toddlers and not having both sets of their parents to "help" which they rely on excessively at home. Everything from restaurants to attractions was a stress pill for them and my friend would try and rush everyone through everything to "get through it". They tend to eat meals earlier than we do and I think this bothered them despite meeting in the middle. They ended up leaving a day early due to the baby getting a cold and by that point my wife and I were actually relieved. We had a long conversation on the ride home as we were both shocked at how incompatible we were with each other. I mean, I get the stresses of having little ones (who did well with each other BTW) but there was so much frustration and tension on their parts. Our preferred travel style is one of relaxation and an easy going pace so this really rubbed us raw.

Later I learned that my friend's parents told him before the trip "Now son......we won't be there....this will NOT be fun for you. This will be WORK." Hearing that made me extremely angry. It was almost like a self fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Nonetheless we gave them a pass for the baby getting sick and ended up going to an amusement park with them a few months later. Same thing happened... he was a bundle of nerves and tried to zip everyone from here to there often barking orders to the toddlers. That was it. No more day trips.... No more vacations with them. It sucks because his wife always tries to get "buy in" for future vacation destinations and we politely nod but never truly consider it. I just wish there was some way to tell them that we don't want to vacation with them again.

anyone else have couples, good friends, or family members like this? what was your experience?


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