As modern day millennial parents, our love for travel and see the world together didn’t stop. But it did take a long pause when we were blessed with 2 young kids because the thought of travelling with children was plain scary!
In a recent Expedia.com.sg Study, they released some interesting findings which I thought is worth sharing here. Travelling with children is a topic that’s very relevant to me. As a millennial parent to 2 young kids, we often struggle to choose between carefree travelling and careful travelling. :)
Family Travel Is Key To Creating Shared Memories, Promoting Family Bonding
Family holidays served as important platforms for family bonding – 95 percent of Singapore parents agree that they feel closer to their children on family holidays, 93 percent of young millennials said that they feel closer to their sibling and 92 percent of parents said that they feel closer to their partner when on family vacations.
Family Travel Fun for Children, Stressful for Parents
Travelling with children often requires a lot of planning (which few parents have the luxury of in the fast-paced society we work and live in) and the itinerary would have to entirely cater for the children’s needs.
85 percent of Singapore parents agree that family vacations are more focused on children’s activities and require more time for research and planning.
As a result, close to nine in 10 parents in Singapore affirmed that they need to do more research for holidays with their children compared to holidays without them.
Nine in 10 parents also agree that well- planned family holidays with their children result in more meaningful vacations for everyone, making the time and money investments worthwhile.
Singapore Parents Most Likely to Leave Children Behind for a Vacation, for Good Reasons
With more planning, less control on family vacations, parents in Singapore might feel a greater sense of responsibility when travelling with, as compared to travelling without, their children. 41 percent of Singapore parents said they would would leave their children behind to go on a vacation, coming in tops among markets in Asia ahead of Hong Kong (27 percent), Taiwan (23 percent) and Malaysia (19 percent).
When asked about the reasons for doing so, 61 percent cited “reconnecting with their partner” as the top reason for leaving their children behind, while 58 percent cited the need to take a break from their children.
That’s exactly what Peter and I did last year in Spain, and also last week when we had our “YOLO” maiden trip to India. It is what we try to do once a year as a couple, without the 2 kids.
I don’t know about you but my kids are growing up and starting to be able to express themselves and their emotions very well. Peter and I are feeling very guilty every time we plan an escape from them. In fact, before this India trip, we kinda agreed that we will try our very best to bring them on as many holidays as we can and to be brave enough to handle whatever that comes our way when travelling with children.
Here are some good reads on travelling with children to inspire you!
- Phuket with kids (this got us inspired enough to book out 2018 trip to Phuket with the kids!)
- World’s Coolest Hotels for kids
- Seoul with kids
- Ever thought of Hanoi with kids?
I always refer to Expedia for tips on planning family travel, here’s sharing their site where I hope you will gain information on travelling with children too. :)
About the Study
The Expedia 2017 Importance of Family Travel Study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar Research Partners in May 2017. Covering 28 markets across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific using an amalgamated group of best-in-class panels, the study was conducted with a total of 17,079 respondents – including 5,570 young millennials aged 13 to 17, 8,486 parents and 3,023 non-parents. Asian markets that were featured in the study include Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. 200 young millennials, 300 parents and 100 non-parents in Singapore were surveyed in the study.