Family Travel Opens Children to More Possibilities

Family Travel Opens Children to More Possibilities

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For so many families, prioritizing the time and financial investment to travel together is difficult, as evidenced by some of the results from the FTA’s 2018 Family Travel Survey.

When we asked those respondents with vacation days what share of them they used, 58 percent said they did not use all of their paid time off, and 24 percent said they used less than half.

But when we asked parents to rank the three most important priorities for traveling as a family, 21 percent ranked having “my children discover new places and have new experiences” first. The second highest priority was “to bond and grow closer as a family” at 20 percent, while “to relax and unwind” came in at 17.6 percent.

When we delved deeper, we found that 75 percent of parents said they strongly agree or agree with the statement “Travel is an important part of my child(ren)’s education,” while 68 percent of parents strongly agree or somewhat agree with the statement that “Travel has helped my children be more engaged learners.”

We recently experienced how these concepts resonate in our community when, on January 10, 2019, we reposted on our Facebook page a story  published by FTA Media Center member Travel + Leisure.

“Traveling With Your Kids Will Make Them Better in School, Study Suggests,” summarized a Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) survey of nearly 1,500 U.S.-based teachers.

According to SYTA, 74 percent of educators believe that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development,” while a majority of teachers (56 percent) also believe that travel’s positive impact can extend to a student’s education and career.

“Teachers agreed that children who traveled to experience cultures other than their own have increased tolerance and respectfulness, willingness to learn and a willingness to try new things,” T+L wrote. And 42 percent of teachers thought that a well-traveled child looked more attractive to college admissions recruiters.

Our post went viral. Through today, nearly 13,000 people have viewed the post either through our page, or through one of the 123 shares from that post. More than 1,000 people chose to engage with the post, either by liking it in some fashion, or commenting. We’ve never seen a post take off like that.

As moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents, we all want the best for the children in our lives. As the FTA pursues its advocacy agenda in 2019, to encourage more parents to take their vacations days, look for us to tap into these sentiments, and let us know how you want to contribute to reinforcing this message.

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