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It's spring break time and many families are heading out of town on vacation. When it comes to family travel, what matters the most is not where you are going but that the family is going together.
The U.S. Travel Association is releasing a new study, conducted by Harris Interactive, that indicates traveling together as a family strengthens bonds and creates a lifetime of memories.
Many adults report that family vacations are clearly remembered decades after the fact. Sixty-two percent of the adults surveyed said their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10, and these memories were significantly stronger than memories of school events or birthday celebrations. Youth participants in the survey strongly agreed that they get to see and do things on vacation that they’ll remember for a long time (64 percent) and that vacations bring their family closer together (53 percent).
Also, consider bringing Grandma and Grandpa along on your next trip. The survey revealed that kids are enthusiastic about traveling with their grandparents. Sixty percent of the children questioned reported feeling closer to their grandparents after a family vacation together. You can learn more about the "Family Vacations Create Lasting Memories" survey at TravelEffect.com.