Plan A Memorable Family Vacation
North American Precis Syndicate
Family vacations can be more fun than ever when parents and children plan them out together. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Multiple studies confirm that many Americans don't take all their
paid vacation days. One theory is that the pressure people put on themselves
to plan a perfect getaway leads them to plan nothing at all. After all,
dreaming of the perfect family vacation is one thing, actually planning it
Factors like where to go, what to do and how much to spend are all reasons
vacation planning is daunting for many families, but a recent study found it
may help to skip the Internet research and call the kids instead.
Your Kids May Have the Answer
The Kidpinions study by FamilyFun magazine and HomeAway, the world's
leading online vacation rental marketplace, surveyed hundreds of parents and
kids. Nine out of 10 parents said their kids play a role in vacation
"People always ask adults their opinion, but what's really cool about
including kids in the research is that we found making memories is just as
important to them as it is to their parents," said Melanie Fish, HomeAway's
family travel expert. "Young people value experiences over 'stuff,' and
families are planning vacations together."
Forty-three percent of kid respondents said they'd prefer to go on
vacation rather than receive a physical gift for their next birthday. The
survey also showed that kids and parents share the same vacation vision. In
fact, both parents and kids have "pool" as the most important amenity when
choosing where to stay, followed by having enough rooms for everyone to claim
Tips For Your Trip
Elizabeth Shaw, editor in chief of FamilyFun magazine, offered advice on
how to make the planning easier and a vacation more memorable.
1. Let each person in the family
plan a day. Have each family member get a turn or two to choose what to
do. It helps everyone feel like they're part of the process and reinforces
the idea that sometimes things are planned just because it will make someone
2. Choose a special place to sleep.
Traditional accommodations have plenty of perks, but seeking out truly unique
places to stay, such as a tree house (they're out there) or even a castle
(it's possible), can be what sets this year's trip apart from all the rest.
The good news? HomeAway.com can help you find both.
3. Write down a daily memory.
Bring along some printer paper and a nice marker. Write the name of the trip
across the top—for example, "Cape Cod 2017"—then take turns each night
writing down one favorite memory from the day. When you're home, scan it and
upload it to a photo service such as Minted.com.
It'll clean up the smudges and send you a frame-worthy digital print.
With more than 2 million vacation homes for rent around the world,
HomeAway is investing in finding out what kids and parents want on vacation
as part of its mission to help families disconnect from everyday life and
spend time reconnecting with each other.
For further information on the Kidpinions survey or on booking a vacation
rental, visit www.HomeAway.com.
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