Family vacations are an opportunity to spend quality time with the kids and create cherished memories to fill our hearts and scrapbooks—but they can also be stressful, exhausting, and expensive. According to the Family Travel Association’s September 2015 U.S. Family Travel Survey, family trips are one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry, and despite the fact that the average vacation in the United States costs $4,580 for a family of four, parents are willing to spend that money on something they feel is important to their family.
“If you look at family spend as a pie chart, we definitely see more people valuing experiences, so travel spend actually is going up,” says Caroline Shin, travel expert and CEO/”Chief Vacation Officer” of Vacatia, a booking service touted as the Airbnb for family-oriented resort rentals.
In fact, data from the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker shows that vacation planning is at a high, with 70 percent of Americans expecting to travel for leisure in 2016, which is up from 66 percent in 2015.
So how are today’s families planning to maximize their vacation time this year? Check out Shin’s top five family travel trends for 2016 to see if one (or more!) of these ideas could work for you and your kids:
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