If you have kids at home, a trip to Disney World or a Caribbean vacation might be at the top of your family’s wishlist, but just how much will parents spend on family vacations to make those wishes come true? The answer might surprise you.

Research has shown that traveling with your kids has some very important benefits, but what does it really take to create those lasting memories? According to a new survey conducted by OnePoll, two-thirds of parents found it difficult to save enough money for that dream vacation and 56 percent said they didn’t think they would ever have enough. Despite that fact, a recent study by the Family Travel Association (FTA) found that nearly three out of five American families said they planned to take a vacation in the next two years.

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So how much is enough to pay for that big trip? According to the 2,000 parents surveyed by OnePoll, the average budget for that dream vacation is $5,000. What’s more, according to the FTA, 33 percent of families with a household income of over $150,000 said they spend an average of $5,000 to $10,000 on travel, while 26.5 percent of households with an income of $80,000 to $99,999 said they spent the same. However, the majority of families surveyed said they spent between $2,500 and $5,000 on vacations.

Parents were also willing to go the extra mile to attain that lofty goal. According to OnePoll, six out of 10 parents said they had worked longer hours in order to save more money for vacation while 55 percent have shopped at discount stores or cut down on going out with friends to save. Some parents were even willing to go further to save money for a family vacation, with three out of 10 cancelling streaming services and 24 percent pushing aside saving for retirement in favor of adding to their travel budget.

Does all that sacrificing pay off? For most families surveyed, yes: 63 percent of parents said they had taken their dream vacation.

—Shahrzad Warkentin




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