ANAHEIM, Calif.—Visit Anaheim released new research on the amount of quality time U.S. families spend together, showing that vacations are vital in nurturing a strong family relationship. The study, facilitated by 72 Point, polled 2,000 U.S. parents of school-aged children ranging from ages four to 18. The majority of parents (65 percent) report spending more quality time with their children while on vacation.
The results of the research showed that 60 percent of parents describe their daily lives as hectic; one in four say lack of family quality time away from chores, work, school or TV is a real problem. With the average U.S. family only getting seven days a year where they are away from their busy routines and on vacation all together, the decision of where to go and what to do for vacation becomes that much more important.
“Today’s families don’t have much time to spend together–that’s why vacations are essential for a family to connect and bond,”Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim, explains. “A vacation offers a refreshing opportunity for families to leave their busy lifestyles at home and focus on bonding with each other, building memories that last a lifetime.”
Given the fact that vacations are an opportunity to increase quality family time, 67 percent of parents said knowing there is entertainment for their kids guides their decision as to where to go on vacation. However, it can be hard to get the best of everything while away as a family, which is why 55 percent of those studied said they are constantly looking for things they can do as a whole family.