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SOURCE U.S. Travel Association
Adults say their most vivid childhood recollections are of family vacations; Children report enjoying vacation time with parents and grandparents
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents that haven't yet made spring break plans should consider taking off work to travel as a family. Some of life's most cherished memories are formed on family vacations, according to a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive, found at TravelEffect.com.
"We assumed there would be a connection between memories and vacations, but it was surprising to learn that some of people's most vivid childhood memories are of family vacations that happened when they were as young as five," said Regina Corso of Harris Interactive, who conducted the poll of more than 2,500 adults and 1,100 youth for the U.S. Travel Association.
Key findings include:
"These new research findings should encourage parents to plan family trips this spring break and summer as a way to strengthen family bonds for generations," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "Families that take time to travel together will have stories to share for years to come."
The survey reveals important lessons when it comes to planning a family vacation, including:
"Ask any parent – or kid – and they'll tell you family vacations not only are the best times they have together but create the most lasting memories," said Eileen Ogintz, author of the syndicated column and website TakingtheKids.com and a nationally recognized family travel expert. "The more you involve the kids in the planning, and the simpler the itinerary, the happier everyone will be."
The "Family Vacations Create Lasting Memories" survey explored the vacation habits of American families and how memories from family vacations are valued, captured and shared. Harris Interactive conducted the online survey in December 2012 on behalf of the U.S. Travel Association. The survey included 2,531 adults and 1,130 youth ages 8-18. For additional survey results, visit www.traveleffect.com.
About Travel Effect
Travel Effect is a campaign of the U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output and supports 14.4 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. www.traveleffect.com
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