The movie did well at the box office, and spawned European Vacation, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation.
At one time, it was rumoured the Griswolds would travel down under for an Aussie Vacation — but that never eventuated.
Years later, in 2015, another Vacation movie was filmed.
In this version, a grown up Rusty takes his family across the country to take his own family to Walley World.
Along the way they stop in to visit Clark and Ellen, and borrow the old Family Truckster to finish the trip.
It’s a little known fact that the Truckster used in this film belonged to a real-life family named the Griswolds.
They created the replica wagon to take their two daughters on family trips and, in July 2014, they drove across America, visiting the locations seen in the original film.
Their journey ended on the 31st anniversary of the film at Walley World (Six Flags Magic Mountain), where they rode the Colossus roller coaster before it was due to close (apparently it burnt down two weeks later).
I loved Vacation back in 1983, and still get a good laugh whenever I watch it again.