According to a recent survey by TripAdvisor.com of its online travel community, the youth of today are better-traveled than ever:
75 percent of travelers' children (those under the age of 18) have visited more than six U.S. states – only 37 percent of these children's parents had traveled as extensively by the same age.
73 percent of travelers' young children have experienced international travel, compared to 44 percent of their parents by the same age.
Travel is very important to a child's education, according to 52 percent of travelers with children, while 35 percent believe it is somewhat important.
The most enjoyable aspect of family vacations is spending quality time together, according to 48 percent of parents. The five most popular activities that families plan to indulge in together this year are:
Relaxing at the beach - 69 percent
Visiting a historic site - 62 percent
Visiting a museum - 50 percent
Visiting a national park - 46 percent
Visiting an amusement/theme park - 41 percent
Family finances figure prominently in the pursuit of fun. According to the survey:
28 percent of travelers with children expect to spend more on family trips in the coming 12 months than they did in the past 12 months.
47 percent expect to spend roughly the same amount.
30 percent anticipate spending $1,000-$3,000.
22 percent predict they will spend $3,000-$5,000.
19 percent foresee spending $5,000-$8,000.
10 percent of families expect to spend more than $10,000.