27 Of The Best Things About Going On Vacation As A Kid

So many cars, so many airplanes, so many trains.

1. Pajamas in the airport? Not a problem when you are a kid!

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No judgement for anyone under the age of 10!

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2. You could always find time to visit a zoo

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4. Even short trips to destinations nearby seemed like the best thing that ever happened

I’ve never been across the river… This is going to be fantastic.

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5. Your luggage was fabulous

Totally useless, but it didn’t matter… you were traveling!

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6. Speaking of which, somebody is always there to carry that luggage

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Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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7. Going to the airport was fun and entertaining

Moving walkways! Escalators! Trams! Planes!

What is this wonderland?

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8. You could eat at the Hard Rock Cafe and not feel like you were corrupting your love of music

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I don’t care that this is France, I want to see a shirt that Elvis wore a few times and eat some nachos.

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9. Trains!

Seriously, trains are great!

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10. Maybe you got to visit your grandparents


Grandparents rock!

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11. There was always plenty of legroom

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12. Matching outfits don’t seem bothersome

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13. You could do the most touristy things and not feel self-conscious about it

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14. Camping seemed like the fun option, not the budget option

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15. Whatever the destination was, you were so excited

But you were especially excited if it was the happiest place on Earth

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Shoutout to the Monorail!

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16. Screaming babies are not a problem for you!

You are the screaming baby!

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17. But… if you were good, the friendly Pilot would give you wings

And occasionally show off the cockpit.

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18. The window seat was a gift from above!

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“This is your captain speaking… to our left and right are miles and miles of awesome!”

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19. You could visit an art museum

And acting mature was only an option…

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20. Walking into a hotel was like walking into your dreams

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21. You are never traveling for business

Purpose of your trip? PLEASURE!!

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22. There was always a Junior Park Ranger badge waiting for you.

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23. There were all kinds of license plates for you to discover

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What’s with all these Alberta plates? Oh yeah! I’m in Alberta!!

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24. Roadside attractions were not optional stops

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They were required stops. Where else are you going to see a museum of vacuum cleaners but here?

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25. Hotel beds

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26. Security seemed fun

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If I could just please leave my shoes on… Maybe?

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27. When you finally got home, you got to brag to all your friends


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h/t to Greg Ray for a lot of these.

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