How would you feel going on vacation with friends who want to bring their kid along too?

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That would be a no from me. We don’t have kids and would not want the added drag of having kids around to entertain and deal with.

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Hard pass

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It's depends on the type of trip? Is where you going family friendly? Is it a relaxing vacation or a party?

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Depends on the vacation.

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I don’t mind it. As a married person with kids who doesn’t necessarily have a strong support system of people who will watch our kids while we vacation, I understand the need to bring them along. If we’re traveling with friends with our kids, our friends know that they are not even remotely responsible for our kids & we will never ask them to be. But here’s also why I don’t mind…

1. They will know in advance that I’m not babysitting for any reason so they need not even ask. Lol.

2. The destination doesn’t matter because it’s not my kid. If they bring their kids to a not so kid friendly that’s their problem. Lol.

3. I am going to do what I want to do while I’m on vacation so someone else’s children won’t keep me from missing out on activities. If kids are involved in the activities, cool with me because, again, they’re not my kids.

4. I’m good with kids so during times we are all together, I’ll be the playful, silly, entertaining adult & I will be mindful of my language.

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Great points, thanks!

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My wife would love it. She was a kindergarten teacher before Covid hit.

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I’d be fine with it. Why would you be concerned about it?

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My apologies, it sounded and read like a flippant question. I didn’t think you were really asking.

However, my answer still stands. They need to talk before they travel. I’ve been on plenty of trips with children and without, and they are just different. The mood is different, the vibe is different, and in my experience, parents are more present and relaxed without their kids around.

Depends how small the kids are. Alot of places are not really child/stroller friendly. Plus u don't want any impromptu requests to "watch" the kids for a while

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Depends on the destination, depends on the activities, depends on the free days (from each other).

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Kids absolutely change the dynamic. If I didn’t have kids, I would never want anyone else’s kids to ruin our vaca…I think.

It depends on the trip. I think you should have an open dialogue with the people going. Is it a family friendly trip or more of an adult trip? I'm fine either way. Just have to make it upfront. Also are the parents going to stick the none parents with babysitting duties. Just have an open conversation. Some none parents are very happy to have kids around but other are not.

Depends on the trip and age of kids, the dynamics would be very different. I love family friendly getaways, though adventuring with friends through mountains, vineyards, beach aventures and other adults only activities are just as, if not more, welcome. I travel to escape real life, and appreciate it when the little ones can stay at home as well. That being said, most of my friends have young children (0-5) so the attitude may lighten up as their children age.

It depends on the trip and the age of the kids. I went to NYC with a couple who had kids we did touristy things that any age few days and split from them the last 2 so they could do more kid friendly things but every morning since we got a huge apt I cooked breakfast and we just checked in on what one another was doing and if we wanted to go. However I wouldn't have wanted to travel with kids when I went to new orleans.

There is no right or wrong answer. It just depends on your personal preference. Make sure you are clear on the expectations and costs. Sometimes when you travel with a family, they may have more head count. It might make the cost share a bit difficult to work out. Clear and upfront expectations and conversations are a must. If you feel the upfront conversation is hard or you don't want to seem petty, this is a red flag to do a separate trip.

Really depends on the place and the kind of vacation. But generally, I would have to say no to this. I won't even bring my own kid for a vacation with my friends.

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