Every generation is different, this is what I remember about vacationing in 1970 something.
There was a lot of conversation in our family about the trip, how expensive the ticket was the layover and the fact that they “ran on the runway” to catch their connecting flight in time.
By 1970 something the roads were starting to get better and they opened up an entirely new industry. Tourism!
Eventually, chains started popping up and we looked forward to finding those along the way because they were open longer than the local shops. Stuckey’s had candy makers that you could watch pull taffy, pecan logs and indoor potties. My favorite was the foot long flat pieces of taffy that came in different flavors.
The cars when I was young had no seat belts and large back dashes next to the back window. I would lay up in the window right next to the little bobbin dog because I could see better, then daddy would hit the brakes and I would go flying into the back of his seat. That was more fun than the Ferris wheel and since we didn’t have game systems, iPads, cell phones or laptops entertainment was found in the simple things. Like counting cars, reading books, singing songs and asking the ever famous question, “are we there yet?”