What the Griswolds Can Teach Us About Family Vacations

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The new "Vacation" reboot is finally in movie theaters, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate as grown-up Rusty Griswold and his wife, Debbie. Just like in the original "National Lampoon's Vacation" in 1983, Rusty and Debbie are taking their kids across the country to America's favorite family fun park, Wally World. As it turns out, many parents plan family trips that recreate childhood vacations.

The film also includes Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, who taught us all so much about vacationing with kids.

Here are some of the Griswolds' best travel lessons.

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You can pack a lot into 15 minutes.

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Ellen: Clark! Would you please slow down? The kids are exhausted!
Clark: Honey, the museum closes in 15 minutes and there are 100,000 works of art to see. Come on!

- From European Vacation (1985)

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You need a trustworthy set of wheels.

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Kevin: What the hell is that?
Rusty: That's the 2015 Target Prancer. It's the Honda of Albania.

- From Vacation (2015)

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There's a right way, and a left way.

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Ellen: Clark, you're driving on the wrong side of the road!
Clark: I realize that honey. I'm also on the wrong side of the car.
- From European Vacation (1985)

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Florida is open 24/7.

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Clark: Roy... can I call you Roy? Have you even driven cross-country?
Roy Walley: Oh, hell yes. Drove the whole family to Florida. Worst two weeks I ever spent in my life. The smell from the back seat was terrible.
Clark: Ooooh. Ooooh, I know that smell. Roy, could you imagine if you had driven all the way to Florida and it was closed?
Roy Walley: Closed? Uh, they don't close Florida. 

- From National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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When in doubt, take a tour.

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Tour guide: Welcome, everyone. I'm your dam tour guide, Arnie. I'm about to take you through a fully functional power plant. So please, no one wander off the dam tour, and feel free to take all the dam pictures you want. Now, are there any dam questions?
Clark: Where in the hell is the damn dam tour? 

- From Vegas Vacation (1997)

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There's never a gas station when you need one.

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Clark: We pass a damn gas station every hundred yards for a thousand miles, but when you really need one, you end up walking your ass off. This is no way to run a desert! 

- From National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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Make a playlist or you'll end up singing Dad's fave tunes.

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Rusty: I just wanted to sing Seal with my family like normal people.

- From Vacation (2015)

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