With generous splashes of popular culture and human interest, the NPR Road Trips series introduces you not only to far-off locations and unusual destinations, but to the people who inhabit themâ€”and seek them out. Each story focuses on real locations, real people, and real history in the thought-provoking, imaginative and entertaining way youâ€™ve come to expect from NPR.We all have memories of family vacationsâ€”some successful, some less so, and some gone terribly awry. When it comes to reporting colorful, compelling tales of family vacations, no one does it better than National Public Radio. Originally heard on All Things Considered and Morning Edition, the stories gathered here are entertaining, provocative and moving. Like Laura Lorsonâ€™s â€śHard-Earned Lessons from the Family Road Trip,â€ť in which she recalls endless hours in a hot car, eating junk food and listening to AM radio. And â€śSetting Sail with Family, Imperfections in Tow,â€ť Marion Winikâ€™s account of a not-so-perfect family reunion at sea. And â€śFamily Camping,â€ť in which commentator Joel Achenbach points out that camping is a serious sport. NPR knows that everyone has a dream vacation, but many of us are settling for economic-reality vacations. So Tom Goldman asks, â€śWho Needs a Fancy Cruise If Youâ€™ve Got Inner Tubes?â€ť And when Robert Smith learns the price of Broadway tickets to The Little Mermaid ($121 each!), he takes a more frugal route, piling the family into his Honda Civic and heading to the drive-in. Warmly remembered, richly detailed, these stories invite you to share in the journey of othersâ€”and may inspire you to plan your own.
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