Compromise is key when it comes to family, vacations
Family Vacations

Compromise is key when it comes to family, vacations

There are two types of vacationers: the go-go-go people who want to see everything and try everything, and the laidback folks who just want to relax.

After a week in Martha’s Vineyard — with 21 of us packed into one house, ranging in age from 8 to 71 — I now know it’s possible for both types to get along … it just requires some finesse.

I’m a go-go-go person, hands down, and I always have been. I get it from my father. Our family vacations, when I was growing up, were never to the beach. We always visited big cities, which meant climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty, or hopping on a trolley in San Francisco, or walking the Freedom Trail.

Compromise is key when it comes to family, vacations

So as a mom, I’m always the one with the itinerary. The one who does the research months before a trip to find the out-of-the-way donut shop, or the obscure-but-must-see museum, or the hiking trail with the best views. And each day of vacation, I’m up early, comfy shoes all laced up and guidebooks stashed in my purse, ready for the day’s adventures.