On June 10th we gathered together for our weekly Twitter party. How dads travel differently than moms proved to be a hot topic? We discussed who packs and who plans and what can turn a dream vacation sour. Couldn’t join us? We took notes for you!
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN PLANNING A VACAY? WHAT IS YOUR PARTNER’S ROLE?
@ionmyadventures I push for the trip and start planning until he’s on board. On the trip he drives, I relax. Works for me!
@CarolYemola Hubby’s role is just to enjoy! Lucky dog!
@DisneyProLynn I plan he goes with the flow and says “yes dear”.
@CindyRichards My role: Honey, we’re going on vacation. His role: When and where?
@mhappynow I pick where we are going, when and what we are doing, Husband just has to give me his credit card! I plan, he pays
@Banina9 I love to handle the pre-planning! He loves to go on adventures!
@desertchica I decide and pretend to let my husband have input. 😉
@rookiedad I’m the logistics, getting us there, how to get to the points of interest, and back home. Wife figures out the activities.
@travelermom My husband is the financier. I’m pretty much handle everything else. And YES…I do the driving.
@wannabesahdad She does the packing and then I reduce the load every time. And, we have not been short of clothes ever! Efficiency!
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT VACAY? YOUR SPOUSE’S? WHO WINS?
@bbpinktaz Mine is enjoying room service and relaxing, his is visiting the sites. We both win, I just tell him go, have fun!
@jspd Hiking , skiing outdoorsy stuff is hubby’s idea, I want fun and adventure. Sometimes we both win.
@barblikos Perfect vacation must have sand, tequila and lime. Family optional.
@blondefabulous -I like a relaxing vacay by a pool w/a frilly drink, He likes a theme park run w/thrilling rides. Usually we can do both!(Disney)
@kymri I like to travel slow on vacay. He likes to go/see/do everything. We both like good food/drink so we agree on meals…usually!
@chickadeeprints Hers-no sandy beaches. His-no sandy beaches. Love.
WHICH TASKS ARE ASSIGNED TO WHICH PARENT ON VACAY? HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
@Lucianosmomma We always try to play fair with dividing up parenting moments during daily life, no difference while on vacay.
@nicbran74 I do everything until we hit the beach then it’s mommy time! How do we decide? Well a happy wife is a happy life.
@bbpinktaz I decide who gets what task, hubby says “if mom is not happy, the family isn’t”.
@judy511 He’s the Sherpa & driver, I’m the GPS. History.
@EmilyHarleyReid Husband drives and packs HIS luggage. I do everything else from planning to boarding the dog.
WHAT STEPS DOES MOM TAKE TO CREATE ROMANCE ON VACAY? DAD?
@mommy3sons We take walks on beach.
@EasyTravelMom Oh and the most obvious, leave the kids at home!
@DisneyMamaLin We often travel w/ my parents, do try to always plan a date night!
@kimorlando I shower.
@YoliRealtor I personally like it when DAD plans the romance!
@FreeLikeBirdie We have small children, romance is having a quiet moment 2enjoy holding hands &sharing a smile.
@amytarakoch One night we have a sitter.
@chickadeeprints Romance? On vacay? With kids? NEVER! We’re too busy chasing them around! We settle for glances across the table at dinner. 🙂
@EmilyHarleyReid Vacation? Shaving my legs is ALWAYS my go-to romantic move.
@dipaolamomma 3 tips for romance on vacay WITH kids; Write love notes, hold hands, flirt. BONUS older kids will be freaked out!
WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST FIGHT YOU HAVE HAD ON VACAY?
@debmomof3 Our only fight on vacay last summer was about where to stop overnight on way home. Hubby wanted to push on, I wanted to stop. I won.
@freelikebirdie Sitting at the metro station in Barcelona debating where the funicular left from, him refusing to ask anyone.
@travelermom I made a wrong turn, husband threw a map at me & kids thought we’d get divorced. Not funny until YEARS after.
@AnujaDeSilva Hubby really hates it when I question his directions!
@furrykarma Vacation is the one time we are all happy, rarely fight. Only before like when my husband let his passport expire the day before.
@CantonCathy It is usually when Hubby will not listen to me when I tell him directions He ignores & gets lost, then end up paying toll 2x GRRR.
@CathyinCanada Most ridiculous fight was about what side of the bed each of us were going to sleep on. One side was against a wall.
@therookiedad Can’t forget about the fight we had when the wife had to go to the bathroom 5 minutes after taking a pit stop!
@ConnieFoggles I wanted him to dress up for a night out. When we got to restaurant, everyone was in shorts and t-shirts
WHAT ANNOYS YOU THE MOST ABT THE OTHER ON VACAY?
@kymri I’ll answer for him since he doesn’t tweet. “She tweets.”
@YoliRealtor When he wanted to sleep in — WE ARE ON VACATION — SO MUCH TO SEE!!
@AmyTaraKoch Annoyed by lack of enthusiasm. You are lucky enough to be on this trip…show it!
@therookiedad Her need to fill each and every minute of every day with an activity leaving no free time to relax!
@PaulEisenberg Can be lazy about not wanting to do something that would be “fun for the kids” and it annoys me when she’s right about that.
@lovethatmouse I think I usually like him better when we’re on vacation. I think his annoying traits are mostly home based.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.