We’ve all been there: Shepherded out of the car at a rest area or attraction, forced to stand in a line with our family members, encouraged to smile despite the fact that we might not actually be having a good time. That’s what family vacations are all about: Capturing some awkward and uncomfortable photos.
The 27 vacation photos below are uncomfortable, but they’re also pretty epic. Each them them feels like a little window into a vacation that was either going really, really well or really, really badly. You’ll laugh out loud at some of these — and they may even remind you of your own family vacations. #16 is absolutely hilarious.
#27. When in Pisa.
#26. Mickey got way too into this.
#25. We’re all this psyched when we go to South Dakota.
#24. They came prepared.
#23. They told him to step back for the photo.
#22. The most perfect photobomb.
#21. Timing is everything.
#20. Recreating that iconic photo.
#19. Perhaps it’s time to leave.
#18. Not perfect, but a valiant effort.
#17. Sure, why not.
#16. Looking fly on vacation.
#15. The most miserable place on earth.
#14. They’ve been planning their matching vacation outfits for months.
#13. Anything for the perfect photo.
#12. Someone couldn’t fit onto the anchor, and she’s not happy about it.
#11. Vacationing along the side of the highway.
#10. Someone had to do it.
#9. Trying to get the pose just right.
#8. We’re not sure what’s happening here, but okay.
#7. A perfect execution.
#6. So many butts.
#5. This photo is oddly frightening.
#4. And finally, the most appropriately stoic family vacation photo we’ve ever seen.
#3. The family that travels in scuba suits together, stays together.
#2. She just looks so thrilled to be here.
#1. Everyone kind of has the same idea.