That reference to a family vacation in an old newspaper could be a clue to where missing relatives of the vacationer were living. In this 1951 newspaper reference, the Rampleys had left Illinois to vacation in Minnesota and Kansas. No additional details of their visit are given in the newspaper reference. It is known that two of Rampley’s sisters were living in Minnesota in 1951. While we may wish they had added a simple “to visit his sisters” to the article, that does not always happen. It’s not known why the Rampleys were going to Kansas.
Many vacations were taken partially to see relatives. Whether everyone considers visiting relatives an actual vacation is another matter entirely.