New Survey Shows What Kids Expect from Vacation

December 6, 2013 by


Parents look forward to vacation to relax and break away from the routine and working too hard. A new survey shows that kids feel the same way and more parents than ever are involving their children in making vacation plans.

Stress: Number One Reason Vacations Are Needed

Nine out of ten parents admit that input from their children is influential in selecting their vacation destination. What parents may not realize is their children’s identical need to get away from homework, chores, and the “hard work” of being a child in today’s world.

According to the survey released from IHG’s (Inter Continental Hotels Group) Holiday Inn Resort brand, 97% of children feel like they need a vacation just as much as their parents. The number one perceived reason a vacation is needed for both is stress.

Family beach vacation

What Are Kids Looking for On Vacation?

The survey offers targeted insights as to what kids find important in a vacation. The parents surveyed agreed that pools, kids’ suites, free programs for kids, and children’s activities are all important. While they don’t expect all these activities to be free of charge, parents do expect free Wi-fi and breakfast to be part of the package.

These are all considerations when making family vacation plans. The Holiday Inn does offer all these amenities at no charge.

Economy Playing a Role in Vacation Choices

Surveyed parents said they had set aside some financial savings for vacation but 52% of them admit that saving enough money for a family vacation is the biggest challenge. Other challenges include coordinating family schedules (19%) and taking time off work (12%).

Most parents plan to travel during the winter holidays and car travel is the most likely mode of transportation.

The real question is whether or not parents really unplug from all the stress when they get away, but according to the survey 64% say they totally unplug from work while they are away.

The Holiday Inn Resort Brand partnered with Hill+Knowlton Strategies to conduct the Kid Classified survey in which they talked with 1,500 parents and children nationwide via an online survey.

Photo credits: jonycunha, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

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