I also think taking kids to Museums, Art Galleries and historic sites is a big fat waste of time and money. I love this sort of stuff, but I certainly didn't as a kid or teenager (with the exception of The Planetarium which I couldn't enough of). Getting dragged off to some Roman ruins or other on a school field trip wasn't my idea of fun, but as an adult I feel completely differently.
I think people come to these things in their own good time, I just don't believe forcing a kid around these types of locations sparks any kind of interest or broadens their minds, if they're not already interested.
This is me too. I love museums and ruins as an adult, but as a child/teen, I would rather have had a tooth pulled than be dragged to some museum on a field trip. Granted, some museums are a lot more interactive and less stuffy than they were back then, but that doesn't include The Louvre.
Given that we lived in New Zealand and my parents weren't rich, I didn't get to go "abroad" (to Australia) until I was 16. But I have wonderful memories of some of the holidays we did take - camping in the tent, long days running on the beach and the grass with other kids, while the parents got drunk over lunch and fell asleep in the sun all afternoon. THAT was a relaxing holiday for everyone, and I certainly never felt that I was missing any "culture".