Vacation Buddies: Planning a Multifamily Vacation

Don't Do Everything Together

While you should plan on one big group activity or some downtime together each day, don't take it personally if your friends want to do their own things too. "You would never spend every waking moment with friends and family at home, so why would you do it when you're away?" says Eisenberg.

In fact, it's probably good for your friendship -- and your sanity -- to have some time alone with your own family or in smaller groups. For us, it splintered pretty naturally. Some of us wanted to eat in every night, while a few sampled the restaurants. Three families went on a boat ride, while the other two checked out the arts-and-crafts room. And the best part was that we all got to do things we probably wouldn't have done on our own -- and made great memories together in the process!

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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