Taking a vacation with your family means making memories that will last a lifetime, but sometimes, it’s not always the most relaxing way to travel. A new survey asked nearly 7,000 adults if parents should take vacations without their kids—and quite a few Americans answered yes.

The recent survey conducted by YouGov found that the summer months of July and August were prime time for families with kids to plan their vacations. While those trips to Disney World or days splashing on the beach are fun for the whole family, many believe that parents should also take vacations away from their kids.

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Of the 6,839 US adults surveyed, 54 percent answered yes, to the question of whether parents of young children should ever take vacations without their kids. However, they also said it should only be on special occasions. Another 23 percent of respondents said the separate vacations should take place regularly. While 12 percent said parents of young kids should never vacation without their kids and 11 percent were unsure.

Interestingly, the youngest group surveyed—18- to 24-year-olds and thus least likely to have kids themselves—had the highest percentage of respondents that said parents should never vacation without kids, at 15 percent. Meanwhile, the group with the highest percentage of respondents that said parents should regularly take vacations without kids was 35- to 44-year-olds (a.k.a., prime parenting age) at 29 percent.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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