For spring break this year, we were supposed to take a family trip to Hawaii. As the control freak in the group, trip planning is my domain, so I rolled up my sleeves, got out my highlighters, and dove into putting together a big, bold adventure that would take me, my husband, and our 10-year-old daughter from New York to Maui.

I started by educating myself on the island, then spent hours on travel sites reading reviews of hotels, restaurants, and beaches. I even went to Barnes & Noble and bought an actual book. After about two months, I’d nailed down an itinerary we were pretty psyched about.