13 Things That Happen When Your Latino Family Goes On A Road Trip

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Road trips are the preferred method of transportation for all of our parents. Mainly that’s because it is cheaper to load everyone into a car and drive rather than buying everyone a plane ticket. That’s why your family has experienced 13-hour drives to visit your tía instead of enjoying a 3-hour flight. Whether you are traveling to your parents’ hometown or taking a road trip to attend a boda, you’ve probably encountered some of these events along the way as a passenger or driver.

1. Picking your car buddy is the most important thing you can do.

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Choosing who is going to stick out a half day’s worth of driving with you is challenging and exciting. Do you want to sit next to your younger prima or your oldest prima? Decisions. Decisions.

2. Safety first!

Seat belts do their job and all, but your abulea has her own safety measures. She prays to St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, and la Virgencita just to make sure that you will get to where you are going in one piece.

3. Your parents take control of the radio and there is nothing you can do to change that.

Hey, at least if “La Chona” comes on the speakers, it’s going to give you a second wind during that third leg of your trip. #SilverLining

4. Every now and then you’ll get to choose the music.


It is your moment!. You’re doing amazing. Keep playing Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” to its full volume over and over again until your mom eventually loses it and turns the radio off for good.

5. There’s always one pit stop and only one because you can’t waste time.

Regular potato chips and beef jerky? Not in your familia. Don’t mind us, cashier. Just emptying out your entire stash of Flamin’ Hots, Takis and Queso Ruffles because this is the only stop you will be making.

6. Someone in the car is always chewing some damn sunflower seeds.

It’s usually your brother and he does it just to bother you at this point.

7. Mom is always ready to terrify you into silence when you start to get rowdy.

Your mom swears she saw the Chupacabra the last time she visited el rancho. Ok, mom, and La Llorona sits under my bed. 😒 😒 😒

8. You’ll be stuck on the road at some point.

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Sometimes it is as easy as a flat tire but there’s definitely been at least one road trip where the car had serious troubles and you wasted a day at a mechanic.

9. If you’e driving to Mexico, get ready for some surprise, bomb snacks.

If you’re passing through the border in Tijuana, get ready to add 20 pounds’ worth to your caravan of jarritos, cobijas San Marcos, bags of churros—basically all the things you never knew you needed in life.

10. There’s nothing like getting close enough to your destination like remembering that amazing taco spot.

The tacos you have once you cross the border are on another level. The salsas are fresher, the onions are sweeter, the tortillas are better.

11. The primos who just have to make jokes about everything.

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Taking too long in the bathroom, falling asleep, sneezing. It is like they just want to make fun of you just for the sake of making fun of you.

12. It’s always stressful when you realize a toll is coming up and you need to find change to pay it.

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Is that a dime or a peso? Maybe the guards will accept dollar bills for toll fare? Shoot your shot!

13. But it is all worth for the memories you make with your family.

desde siempre (y aquí seguimos) 👩‍👩‍👧🏞☀️#primosroadtrip

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After FINALLY reaching your destination, you have become thisclose with your fourth cousin once removed, learned your tia thinks she is the *inspo* behind “La Chona,” and have family stories to pass down for generations.

READ: Only Latino Dads Make Their Family Go Through All This When Road Tripping

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These DavidAlvareeezy Videos Will Take You Back To Your Hilarious And Slightly Embarrassing Childhood


These DavidAlvareeezy Videos Will Take You Back To Your Hilarious And Slightly Embarrassing Childhood

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J David Alvarez, aka DavidAlvareeezy, has been giving audiences a look at the fun side of being Mexican for years on YouTube. He has a whole series dedicated to it called #GrowingUpMexican. However, commentary on Mexican families isn’t all that Alvarez brings tot he camera. The YouTuber brings a lot of personality to the different characters he portrays. Here are five videos to show the social media star’s range and comedic chops.

He totally nailed the experience of celebrating Christmas with your Mexican family.

Nothing is funnier than finding one person for everyone to pick on during major family events. However, it totally sucks when you are the one on the receiving end of the jokes. Seriously, have you ever tried to exist in a safe space but constantly felt attacked? That’s life with a Mexican family.

He even keeps things relevant in the funniest way because trending topics matter.

Everyone has been debating this since the video first hit the internet. Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? While most of us might already feel sick from hearing this over and over, Alvarez came through with a really fun twist on the controversy. Imagine how awkward it must be to live as a Laurel in this crazy world.

He gives everything a Mexican spin, even Uber drivers.

You probably never thought about this before but watching it is everything you ever imagined. Low key, this could be any of our tíos with the kind of stunts the driver is pulling.

And he definitely understands the struggle of having a Latina mom.

It says Mexican mom but these are characteristics all of our Latina moms share. How many times has your mom told you a little too much about her love life? Too often, huh?

But it is clear that he is at his best when he takes it back to his roots and gives us the Mexican content so many people crave.

Low key, though. Most of this stuff transcends all nationalities. Every Latina mother, whether Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan, or Colombian, have a hand chancla they keep around just to teach us a lesson. #Nostalgia

READ: This YouTuber Gives You Her Mexican Playlist That Will Put You In Your Feels On Valentine’s Day

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