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
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.