6 Ways to Have a Horrible Vacation

6 Ways to Have a Horrible Vacation

6 Ways to Have a Horrible Vacation

by Steve Backlund

From years of spring breaks, summer vacations, and family trips, here’s a few tips I’ve learned for having a horrible vacation. On the flip side, I hope this list of what not to do inspires you on how to make the most of this special and important time with your family. I bless you and those you love to grow closer over your vacation times as you make lasting memories you’ll recall for years to come. 


1.  Don’t Grow Spiritually or Personally During Vacation

We certainly need to disengage from many of our responsibilities and routines, but it is unwise to leave prayer, Bible reading, personal reflection, stimulating conversations, or inspiring literature out of our vacations. Those who do so often develop feelings of un-fulfillment and are more prone to make poor choices while on holiday.  

2.  Overspend

Most vacations cost more than we originally estimate. This puts stress on family members and has ruined many times away. Because of this, it is wiser to plan cheaper vacations that will allot some extra money to do spontaneous things. 

3.  Overplan

The “I have to be busy all day and see all the local tourist attractions” mentality can also play havoc with our holidays. As much as possible, eliminate the stress of trying to get to places in a hurry. 

4.  Be In Disunity With Family Concerning Vacation Expectations

Differing expectations often cause frustration on vacations. The wise family or travel group will spend time before the trip to clearly understand everyone’s desires and needs (and to proactively talk about potential problems that could come up).

5.  Have a Spirit of Perfectionism

Blessed are the flexible for they will have more fun on vacations. The family that laughs together will enjoy their time together more!

6. Speak Everything You Feel

Our words are powerful. Proverbs tells us that death and life is in the power of the tongue. What we speak will greatly affect the atmosphere of our holidays. When frustrated, count to five, and think before speaking. 


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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