The Travel Factory Blog
Making Vacation Memories!
The U. S. Travel Association recently released a new survey targeting information on family vacations. This survey found that adults say their most vivid childhood recollections are of family vacations. Children surveyed also say they enjoy vacation time with parents and grandparents. This poll surveyed more than 2500 adults and 1100 youth, and some who were as young as 5 years old.
Some of the key findings of the survey were that over 62% of the adults said their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10, and they remembered those childhood trips more vividly than birthday or holiday celebrations. Over 64% of the children interviewed said they get to see and do things on vacation that they will remember for a long time, that it brings their family closer together, and they get to spend quality time with their grandparents.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, children are enthusiastic about traveling with their grandparents. More than half the children questioned reported feeling closer to their grandparents after a family vacation together. Families also should try something adventurous or try something different. Engage the children in something interesting; something that they can’t experience at home.
That’s the thing that we have discovered within our own family. Since both of our children have opted to live away from Abilene, and as a result, they have also taken our grandchildren with them! So, we get to see our Wylie Dallas family a little more often than our Franklin, TN family, but not nearly enough bonding time with either one, at least as far as their grandparents are concerned. So, for about 4 years now we have planned family vacations where all 11 of us are together for a week of memory-making. And I can testify that it works very well for all involved!!
Over the past 5-6 years, we’ve seen more families taking trips together, especially cruises and the all-inclusive vacations. Most of the cruise lines have age group camps organized with counselors guiding the activities all week, and even though the kids might be involved with camp activities during the day, at night everyone is together for dinner. We’ve discovered too, during this family dinner time, that we can limit the i-phone and i-pad usage so there is opportunity for family dialogue. . . . something that is a rare commodity at most dinner tables at home. Many of the all-inclusives in Mexico and the Caribbean have similar programs for the youth of the group.
The travel counselors at The Travel Factory are experienced in helping families plan for interesting and exciting vacations that fit their interest and pocketbook, so come by 4150 Southwest Drive and let us help you manufacture the vacation memory of a lifetime. You can also shop on our website: www.thetravelfactoryabilene.com, or call us at 698-1421 or toll-free 800-760-4040.