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Is Your Family Vacay OK?

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With summer finally in swing, you’re probably getting ready to load up the minivan and hit the road…or wheel a bunch of luggage across the airport. Or, you know, do a house swap. But how do your plans stack up against other families’?

There’s finally an answer, thanks to a new survey from Liberty Travel, Gadling reports. Here, a few highlights of what they found from quizzing real families like ours:

  • 80 percent of us take at least one annual vacation
  • Most of us plan trips between three and nine months in advance of when we actually embark on them
  • 51 percent of us still take weeklong getaways
  • No matter how long our vacations are, 65 percent of us still wish we could have stayed away even longer

The survey also found that vacations are still all about good old-fashioned bonding, the Internet age notwithstanding. More than half of us say we find each other talking to other family members more when we’re enjoying some R&R. Though only 4 percent of parents say their kids go tech-free on trips (perish the thought!), the good news is that nearly 58 percent of us report our kids use gadgets much less during vacations than they do at home.

And who decides the destination? A little more than half of all parents said both mom and dad make the decision. When only one parent calls the shots, guess what: It’s mom (31 percent). Dad’s the master of the vacation domain just over 5 percent of the time.

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