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BYU professor's book looks at era of family road trips

BYU professor's book looks at era of family road trips



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A lot of us have scaled down our family vacations thanks to gas prices. But does this mean the end of the road trip?

BYU History Professor Susan Rugh says the days of the seven- to 10-day family road trip are mostly gone, but the road trip itself is hanging around, even with today's gas prices

"I don't know if you've looked at airline prices, but the road trip is still the most budget-effective way to take a family someplace," she said.

Rugh's new book, "Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations" talks about America's love affair with traveling the road. The book covers the vacation boom that began with the end of World War II.

She says today road trips are a lot shorter, but people are taking them more often and technology has made a difference.

"Children take their iPods and their DVDs,"she said.

She says it might be a good idea to have the kids take the headphones off every now and then and count the cows.

Rugh's book has earned positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The author will be signing copies of her book at the Barnes & Noble in Sugar House at 7 this evening.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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