5 Things that kids and teens rate as their top priorities on vacation
Before you spend money booking your next trip, ask yourself this question: what do my kids really enjoy on vacation? Their priorities may not be the same as yours, and kids under the age of 12 have different needs than tween and teens. Booking.com collected reviews from over 22,500 children around the world, ages 5 to 15, to find out what’s most important to them.
We’ve taken those results and paired them with recommendations that fulfill kids’ deepest desires.
Photo courtesy: Schlitterbahn Water Park, Galveston Island
What's important to kids (ages 5-11)?
If you’ve been traveling with kids for any length of time, the desire for a pool will come as no surprise. Even if you’re just staying in a chain hotel on a road trip from point A to point B, make sure it has a pool. For extra parenting points, kids in the survey say make sure the pool has cool slides, too.
Rounding out the top 5, kids want to play with other kids on vacation. Look for a resort that has a kids’ club, where your child can do engaging activities with other kids of the same age. For example, Disney’s Aulani Hawaii Resort and Spa on Oahu offers a kids’ club called Aunty’s Beach House, where kids explore Hawaiian-themed activities together.
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What's important to tweens & teens?
Like it or not, tweens and teens in the survey identified a fast internet connection as their top priority on vacation. And according to Booking.com, the best place to find it is Japan.
However, that’s not to say that teenagers are incapable of enjoying an unplugged vacation to a national park or a cruise where they’re engaged in nature. We’ve seen teens love those kinds of vacations with our very own eyes!
Teens gravitate toward beaches with a little attitude, like the ones on our Top Beaches in Los Angeles list. But the beach doesn’t necessarily have to be a sandy stretch along the ocean. For example, our teen travelers loved the beach at Conco D’Oro Camping Village on Lake Maggiore in Italy. Then again, who wouldn’t love Lake Maggiore?!
5/Makes a good social media photo
If you really want to make your teen happy, take them to a place where they can snap a killer photo for their social media accounts. Ideas? Looking down on Machu Picchu in Peru, standing in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia or sliding down a glass chute that hangs off the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles.
Editor Shellie Bailey-Shah learned long ago that if the kids aren’t happy on vacation, she won’t be happy on vacation either.