Turns Out Kids Actually Have Good Travel Taste, Want Vacations That Don't Suck

Who knew?

For some people — both with and without kids — a vacation where minors are present sounds like a complete drag. Think: some kind of overcrowded theme park, chintzy theme cruise, booze-free snoozer, or other miscellaneous germ-teeming environment that no self-respecting adult sophisticate would choose on his own volition.

First of all, let's just say adults — even those traveling with kids — are the ones with the control to book the trip, and it doesn't have to be that way, even if it's plenty kid friendly.


But beyond that, kids may know a lot more about what makes a vacation cool — and fun — than (grown) people give them credit for. 

Consider this: A new survey by HomeAway and FamilyFun magazine found that for kids — like their millennial parents — experiences matter more than things; 43 percent of kid respondents said they would prefer to go on vacation rather than receive a physical gift for their next birthday (38 percent). And 46 percent of kids said seeing a new place or trying new things is their favorite part of vacationing. Those smartie pants!

As well, both parents and kids ranked a private island, castle, and treehouse as their top three choices among unique places to stay. Yes, kids want private islands too (because they know what's up, apparently).

A pool was kids highest-ranking vacation amenity (36 percent) — no arguments from us grown folks on that point either (77 percent of parents said a pool is important to them).

As for accommodations, given the choice, 36 percent of parents and about the same percentage of kids (38 percent) would choose to stay at a vacation rental over any other type of accommodation. Pretty logical for a family trip.

Beyond that, kids said their friends (37 percent) were the No. 1 influence on their vacation ideas — an even bigger influence than celebs... or Instagram.

In fact, maybe adults should take a page from the kids' book, given Instagram's intense effects on travel are sometimes — though far from always — positive.

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