Should you bring your in-laws on vacation?

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We all know people who get along great with their in-laws, even considering them to be "second parents," and we also know some people who constantly struggle with their mate's family. No matter what type of relationship you have with your spouse's parents, you will inevitably have to spend time with them during a few holidays or special events throughout the year.

Beyond those special seasonal visits, there's another opportunity for spending time with your in-laws -- the family vacation. The pros and cons of having your in-laws on your vacation are endless and all depend on your situation and relationship with them.

So whether your mother-in-law is one of your best friends or your father-in-law is controlling and overbearing, you will have to eventually answer the question, "Should I bring my in-laws on vacation?" First, let's look at why you might want to take them along.

If you're lucky enough to get along well with your in-laws and just like spending time with them, deciding to take them along is an easy choice. But if the idea of taking your in-laws on vacation is a daunting decision, keep in mind that there are many perks to having them around.

If you have children, your vacation is likely to be more relaxing with extra help around. You will probably even get more alone time with your spouse (can you say date night?) and your mother and father-in-law will love spending extra time with their grandchildren.

Depending on your specific situation, having your in-laws join you on vacation can be financially helpful as well. Most parents love spoiling their children (even after they've become adults) and will likely be glad to help out with the financial aspects of the trip by paying for dinners, groceries or even lodging.

Most importantly, having your in-laws join you on vacation shows a huge support to your spouse. No matter how you feel about your in-laws, they are your spouse's parents and are likely held in high regard by him or her. Having them join the fun is just another way to show your spouse how much you love him or her.

Continue reading to see why you just might want to think twice before inviting your in-laws on vacation with you.