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The average American’s “dream vacation” lasts a little less than a year to save, study finds

New research finds that Americans generally want that their dream of a holiday to nine days.

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The “dream holiday” for American families, it takes almost a year to save for, according to new research.

A study about the lengths parents go to try to get their children the perfect childhood memories found mothers and fathers have to save for 10 months on average to make it happen.

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Or dreams of making memories at Disneyland, flying over the world enjoying the luxury of a cruise, parents put an average of $416 dollars in their dream vacation fund each month.

From reduce their own spend on social contacts, or ordering take-out, the use of coupons, forgoing date nights and shopping in cheap shops, the research unearthed the greatest efforts of parents in trying to bring their children to that dream trip.

It is worthwhile, because the vast majority of parents (89 percent) believe that it is important for their children to travel.

And to give them sunscreen, of course.

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Main reasons for this include the importance of experiencing new areas or culture (74 percent), the strengthening of relationships within the family (73 percent) and giving children the chance to have fun and to learn new things (67 percent).

The study of 2,000 parents with school-aged children found that parents spend an average of six months carefully planning their dream vacation and to work out how to make it a reality.

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The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Visit to Anaheim in honor of World Tourism Day 2018 (Sep 27), shows that two-thirds find it difficult to put money away — that is the reason why 56 percent, out of fear that they will never be able to have their ideal vacation.

What is the “dream vacation” look like? The average budget for a trip-of-a-lifetime is almost $5,000, and many parents budget and save diligently to make this possible.

More than six in 10 parents have been working longer hours to save money, while 55 percent have shopped at discount stores and cut down on the time spent with friends.

Some parents are willing to be a little more extreme: 3 in 10 have cancelled streaming services or other online accounts, and 24 percent of the foregone saving for retirement, to save money for a family outing.

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On the other hand, these sacrifices can pay. Sixty-three percent of the people say that they have been on what they considered to be a “dream vacation.”

The ideal trip is nine days long, and the parents say that the most important aspects of a trip, the location (79 percent), the budget (71 percent), and the dates of the trip (47 percent). Attractions during the stay (46 percent), and transport to the destination (21 percent) complete the top five of most important aspects of a trip.

For the dream of a holiday, parents would also like to be near the beaches (72 percent), restaurants (69 percent) and theme parks (59 percent).

Meanwhile, 100 percent of the children in the middle seat of this photo would like to go to amusement parks on any holiday.

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Seventy-nine percent of the parents said that their dream trip would be a mix between active and quiet, and 83 percent say that their children have a say in the holiday destination.

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