When it comes to travel, writer Janey Womeldorf knows her way around. She has worked as a tour guide in her native Bath, England, and as a travel agent in Germany. Now, as an Orlando, Fla., transplant, she’s the in-house theme-park planner for her extended family. Over the last decade Womeldorf has coordinated family trips that include toddlers and adult children as well as grandparents.
While family vacations can be a wonderful chance to reconnect, they can also be a time bomb of too much togetherness and too many expectations. Even a stay at a relative’s home or a low-key summer house can set off tensions. And the ante is raised when the vacation is a pricey theme park or cruise.