Despite the state of the economy, families are still planning summer vacations. They’re just looking to cut costs: 49% will drive instead of fly, and many will vacation closer to home, according to an article by travel blogger Eileen Ogintz.

But the destination isn’t what’s important — quality family time is.

“Although they don’t always tell you directly, most kids are happy to spend time together as a family,” says Dr. David Fassler, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and University of Vermont professor. “Vacation trips often include adventures and memories which are recalled years later.” He adds that when planning activities, “decide what really helps you and your kids relax.” Time to hit the road!