It's no wonder that we didn't take too many big vacations as a kid. They are a lot of work.
Planning, budgeting, making reservations, packing lists, arrangements for obligations while you're away.....
I think I'd much rather be the kid who could....
1 - Offer "suggestions" about where to stay and what to do after looking at the tourism brochures. Along with the obligatory " but, what if we NEVER get to go there again?" and "It's ONLY $30 per person!"
2 - Plan on packing my whole room of toys (and start a month early - so I wouldn't miss any).
3 - Remind mom and dad of how many more days until we leave (not just daily, but hourly).
4 - Stand over mom's shoulder while she is doing computer research on landmarks, routes, fees, etc. to make sure she doesn't miss anything.
5 - Whine about needing to go to the bathroom 10 minutes after leaving home (and conspriring with siblings to do the same, staggered every 20 minutes or so for the rest of the trip.)
6 - Beg for souveniors because I didn't save my allowance that my parents asked me to save for just such a purpose.
7 - Have mom funnel me snacks, sugar-laced juices and kool-aid and surprises to keep me in a good mood.
8 - Leave something in every hotel along the way. (Just a little something for them to remember me by).
Ahh! The joy of childhood.