Vacation Creation

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment

If you’ve ever seen The Price is Right game show, you know that vacations are a popular part of the grand prize packages. The idea of winning a trip for two to beautiful, sunny Hawaii is, as they would say, a dream come true.

Vacation Creation took that dreamy concept and turned it into a TV show. Viewers send in a video explaining why they and their family deserves a nice, free vacation. Maybe they’re celebrating a special wedding or anniversary, maybe they’ve suffered a recent hardship or illness of some sort, maybe they want to explore an ancestral piece of land or maybe they just want to do some family bonding. Chosen viewers are whisked off to a fun spot for some much-needed R&R.

The video becomes part of the story. For example, on one episode, a father who tours as a musician for a living, wanted to spend some quality one-on-one time with his 14-year-old son. So the show sent them off to Norway to do some kayaking. In another episode a family wanted to celebrate their college daughter’s hard work at school and in volunteering, so they all went to Grand Cayman for a grand vacation.

The episodes take on more emotional meaning because of the backstory, which makes the series less a travelogue and more an investment in the characters.

Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.