Family Vacation

By Sarah, age 18, Pennsylvania
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

It finally came. The day I had been dreading for months. Spending a whole weekend with my family (extended too) at Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska. I mean, seriously, Pioneer Village?? What could possibly be there? But that day came very quickly. My mom and dad were packed two weeks in advance, my sister and her husband two days ahead. Me? Oh, about two hours before we left. I was really not looking forward to this trip.

Family vacations were fine when I was younger, but now as a teenager, they couldn't be a bigger drag. In fact, I would have rather crawled into a hole and died than go on this vacation. The three dreaded words I associate with vacation are "family road trip". As someone once said, "There is no such thing as fun for the whole family." So true, so true.

So how can you as a teenager make your family vacations more enjoyable? Simple. I'm going to go through a couple of ideas to make your vacation more enjoyable for everyone.

First, become a part of the planning. Don't sit back and watch your parents make a list of all the history museums you could visit if what you really want is to go to the beach. Try to get them to compromise by showing interest in where you are going. Working with them will also get them to respect your opinions.

Miss your friends on your vacations? Maybe talk your parents into getting you unlimited texting just for that month, or find an internet cafe or something nearby. Make sure that it's ok with your parents, and even if you have unlimited texting don't do it all the time. Respect your parents and actually try to spend some time with them. I know that in Nebraska I was on my phone 24/7, and I know how many times I got yelled at for it too.

You can always find a mall somewhere! I love shopping and I love getting new T-shirts from every state I've been in. I know that your parents are not going to want to spend the whole day in the mall, but I'm sure they would be ok with spending a little time shopping for souvenirs and gifts for other people.

Last but not least, take tons of pictures! It's your family and you can always use embarrassing photos of them that go with the whole vacation theme. Be creative! Taking pictures of the scenery and local people no matter where you go (even Nebraska) can be beautiful. Just have fun, and if all else fails, bring a book with you!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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