How to Be Respectful When Your S.O.'s Family Takes You on Vacation With Them

Going on vacation with your significant other's family is a big deal.

Whether you're in high school, going to college or are living in the grown-up world, a lot of the expectations are the same. Sure, if you're younger you obviously won't be staying in the same room as your boyfriend, girlfriend or partner, but you will be spending days on end with them along with their loved ones. Not sure what to do or how to act on vacation with them? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Keep scrolling to find out what to do when you go on vacation with your S.O.'s family.

No PDA—Duh!

We're pretty sure we don't need to even mention this—but when you're on vacay with your partner's fam, for the love of God do not show any public displays of affection! Yes, you can hug and hold hands, but don't do anything over the top like make out or sit on their lap. It will make everyone feel uncomfortable and like you don't care what they think. And while in most cases in life you should do you and not care about the opinions of others, when it's your S.O's family, it's different.


Lend a Helping Hand

If you're vacationing at a place like a hotel, helping out will look different than offering to clean and do the dishes. You can do things like make reservations for dinner or look up fun activities for everyone to do together! Lending a helping hand doesn't need to be super glamorous. As long as you're putting in an effort and are showing how thankful you are, you will be golden.


Don't Hold Back

When you're hanging out with your partner's family for an extended period of time, the last thing you want to feel is like you're walking on eggshells. Don't be afraid to be yourself or hold back on your opinions! There's absolutely no need to act how you think they want you to act. In fact, they'll appreciate you speaking your mind. Just remember to be mindful and to be as respectful as possible.


Offer to Pay

Most people will probably refuse your money, so if you're going to offer to pay, at least make sure you have the funds to cover your cost. But, if they won't take your money, it's still important to show your gratitude in another way! It doesn't need to be super elaborate—something as simple as picking up everyone's coffees one morning is a sweet gesture that won't go overlooked.


Be Mindful

Last but not least, be mindful when you're on vacation with your boyfriend or girlfriend's family. Keep a smile on your face, be active in conversations and definitely don't take over the bathroom for hours on end. They're taking you on vacation, and as the guest, it's important to be respectful and show common courtesy.


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