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"Are We There Yet?": Americans Need a Vacation After Family Vacation

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jun 13, 2012 11:42 AM EDT

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It can be nice to get away with the family and take the kids on a fun family vacation. Summer is the perfect time to take the kids somewhere while they have time off from school. Getting to spend that quality time with the kids can be exciting, but a family summer vacation can also be stressful. A recent survey showed that many Americans come back from a family vacation, saying that they need a vacation to recover from their family trip.

The Cambria Suites study showed that one in four Americans craves a vacation after a summer family trip. Of 49 percent of survey respondents who take a family vacation in the summer, 24 percent said that they usually need a vacation upon returning.  Adults who have children under the age 18 want it even more so at 29 percent, the survey showed.

Some adults are so desperate for a vacation after their family vacation, that seven percent look forward to solo business trips to recuperate from a family trip.

However, most respondents said they enjoy their summer family trips and find them to be a positive experience. Sixty-five percent of Americans surveyed  said that they find family vacations to be relaxing and even said that there is "nothing better" than a classic family trip.

"Industry data shows that consumers are regaining confidence in the economy and more families are taking a vacation this year compared to last year," explains Michael Murphy, senior vice president of Cambria Suites in a press release. "It's safe to say that the great tradition of the summer family vacation is on its way back."

For those who find their family vacation a bit less appealing, they feel that family stress and annoying kid vacation behaviors are a major negative factor.

Cambria Suites decided to ask parents about the age-old nagging question "Are we there yet?" They found that kids will ask their parents "Are we there yet?" an average of nine times during a week-long trip. Those with children six years old and younger hear it an average of 13 times during a week-long family vacation.

The information for the survey, conducted by Leflein Associates, Inc., was based on responses from 1,050 of people who represent a proportion of U.S. households. 

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