With so many people hitting the road this summer and a rebooted Vacation movie rolling out this week, there’s no better time to look back at the original run of Griswold travel excursions. The Vacation movies followed a pretty standard format throughout their run: Clark tries to take the family on a trip, everything goes wrong, they sort of hate him, but by the end of 90 minutes they realize how much they care for each other. It was certainly formulaic, but always managed to squeeze out a few laughs.
There’s some travel wisdom to be gained, though, in the Griswolds’ constant mishaps. So, before you crank up “Holiday Road” take a moment to learn what not to do with these 10 Clark Griswold travel lessons.