Trips to the bathroom were considered vacations. Early on, in the summer months, every two weeks we'd drive up to Banff for a day trip, swim in the hot springs, picnic lunch and drive home.
When I got to be early teens, we'd actually do a car trip for an entire week just over the border into British Columbia, and stay in a "rustic" motel. Think it was part of the Motel 1 1/2 chain
Thankfully over the years financial situations changed, and we've been lucky to have enjoyed several family vacations on cruise ships with my kids.