Travel with the family can be a rewarding experience. It can also be stressful. OnePoll conducted a survey on behalf of car seat brand Diono regarding the best and worst parts of traveling with kids. OnePoll surveyed 2,000 parents of children 10 and younger.
The survey found parents start getting overwhelmed five hours into a road trip. Twenty-four percent still prefer traveling via car instead of flying. Sixty-five percent of parents surveyed noted it was easier keeping children comfortable when traveling by car. Parents described favorite travel memories with their kids, including singing in the car and witnessing kids’ excitement at going somewhere new.
Of those surveyed, 71 percent said they take their kids on every vacation. Seventy-two percent look forward to bonding with their children without distractions, and 69 percent said traveling wouldn’t be the same without their children.
Two-thirds of those surveyed cited keeping up with messes as the most difficult part of traveling with kids, with 59 percent reporting having a difficult time cleaning messes while traveling. Bathroom accidents (41 percent) and spilled drinks (36 percent) were the most common messes.
Parents shared travel hacks for easing travel woes, including traveling at night while kids are asleep, making frequent pit stops and having travel trays and seatbelt pillows available. The top items making road trips with kids easier are toys, snacks, electronic devices, videos games and playing car games. Despite being prepared, 71 percent of parents purchase additional products, from diapers to snacks once at their destination.
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
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Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
For many, a Hawai’ian vacation is the family trip of a lifetime, one that will make memories the entire family will cherish. If the island of Oahu is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these top three activities the family is sure to love.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Some of the top hotels and resorts from across the country invite family travelers to take advantage of exclusive booking offers this summer. The offers allow families to maximize vacation days and skip all of the stresses that typically come with travel. Here are just some of the hotels with exciting and exclusive summer offers.