Holiday travel can be a pain in the ass (literally). Here are some common issues people face away from home and tips for how to enjoy the holidays more.

7 Reasons to Hate Holidays Away from Home

…and a Few Tips to Help You Cope


With the holiday season approaching, many people will be spending the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve away from the comforts and familiarity of home.

For holiday travelers, adjusting to a change in diet, facing the possibility of not sleeping or pooping, and being surrounded by extended family can add additional layers of stress to an already tense time of year.

Here is a list of changes that can make you feel more “Bah, humbug” than “Happy holidays,” plus a few tips on how to handle them.

1. Holiday Food
You like particular foods, and in turn, your body gets accustomed to your usual diet. But with Thanksgiving travel comes Aunt Eloise’s oyster stuffing, and a little later, explosive diarrhea. Whether it’s weird food you’re not accustomed to eating, or the plethora of rich dishes and tempting desserts, all of it means trouble for your digestive system.

2. Travel Poops
What goes in must come out. If it doesn’t happen sooner thanks to your dear aunt’s oyster stuffing, it will happen later—much later. And it is very hard to relax on someone else’s toilet.

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3. Dry Household
Speaking of relaxing, could you use a drink? Too bad. There’s no libations at this family function, and it’s a very sobering proposition—literally.

Here’s a Holiday Travel Survival Tip: invest in a handy flask. It is small enough to fit into any handbag, and you can take it into the bathroom while attempting to pinch one off.

4. No Sleep
A good night’s sleep is always fabulous. Good luck getting one in your bed away from home: too hot, too cold, scratchy sheets, with flat-as-a-pancake pillows, or a hard-as-a-rock mattress. How are you supposed to get your beauty sleep in such conditions?

5. No Sex
Do you know what aids in catching some Zs? A quick tumble in the sheets, but good luck with that! It’s tough getting your freak on when you’re staying in your childhood bedroom surrounded by stuffed animals and boy band posters. On second thought, those posters may actually help.

And speaking of feeling surrounded…

6. Being with So Many People
Holidays bring a lot of people together, and sometimes it can be a bit much. Go ahead and say it: your sibling’s kids are driving you crazy. Everyone needs alone time, but some people need it more than others. If you’re one of those people, here’s another helpful tip: when you feel like you can’t deal with your family one more moment, hide in the bathroom with your flask.

7. Not Knowing How to Operate the Shower
Since you’re spending so much time in the bathroom trying to shit, you might as well clean off, too. Good luck with figuring out whatever contraption your family considers a “shower.” And what is it with the water away from home? My skin hates it, and lets me know with huge pimples. Or maybe it’s just breaking out because of all the desserts I ate? Nah. Must be the water. Pass the pumpkin and apple pies, please.

Sure, the holidays are a stressful time, and traveling can be a total pain in the ass, but thankfully, the holiday craze only happens once a year. Besides, it’s almost tradition to eat a little too much (okay, way too much), have digestive problems, lose sleep and maybe even your temper.

Look at the bright side. You won’t always be the ones spending the holidays away from home. One day your kids will have to travel to your house. Then you can start a whole new tradition: holidays in the Bahamas.

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This original piece by Charlotte McMullen was written exclusively for In the Powder Rooma division of Hold My Purse Productions, LLC. Featured image © cookelma via

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Charlotte McMullen is a freelance writer, farmer’s wife, and mother of five daughters. She writes about her salty sweet life at Her essays have appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode, and You can follow her on Twitter @RuckusGirlBlog and on Facebook.

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