So, a few months back I see some prices on Jetstar's website that were simply too good to refuse. I bite and my family of 2 adults are four children are going to Bali - hooray!
Then my wonderful wife tells me that just a couple days ago her sister told her the next time we go we MUST tell her so she can go with her kids too! I try to talk my wife out of it but she insists that she is obligated to pass the info on to her sister. So, she passes on the info. The sister is annoyed we didn't simply book for her brood at the same time as we booked ourselves!
It wasn't just enough that they go to Bali - they had to be on the same flights, stay at the same hotel, and do all the same activities with us that we were doing.
Now, travelling with my own family is pretty stressful at times. With 2 adults and 4 kids ordinary cars and ordinary hotel rooms are all out. My eldest has special needs and with ages of 12,10,8 & 6 they cover a range of abilities and interests.
Now, imagine throwing in another family. My SIL is reality-challenged, her two eldest are both ok but her youngest is a boofhead and constantly annoying. So now we have 10 people, making everything that much more complicated.
My SIL lives her life so that everything is constantly a drama so, of course, she made sure this holiday was no different. Having crashed my holiday she then invited herself along to EVERYTHING we did. And of course any expectation of gratitude was pointless - in fact I got the blame that the hotel may have overcharged her even though I wasn't there when she settled her bill (or perhaps because I wasn't there).
Please everyone at TA - if I ever lose my mind and consider doing this again - lock me up.