This winter’s weather has many folks across the country eagerly anticipating summer vacation. Kidsay’s Trend Tracker recently asked 1000+ kids ages 8-15 to tell us about their vacation preferences. The results were pretty consistent, with a plurality of girls wanting to head to the beach and a plurality of boys preferring a trip to a major theme park.
Tween girls (8-11 years old) are the group that favors the beach the most. 34% of them rank it as the #1 place they’d want to go on a family vacation. A trip to a major theme park is a close second (30%), with visiting distant family is their third favorite destination (21%).
America’s tween boys flip these top 2 preferences, with their #1 destination being a major theme park (38%) over a trip to the beach (27%). 18% of the tween boys would prefer to visit distant family members and 10% would most like to go camping.
Teen boys and girls (12-15 years old) showed similar preferences to tweens. Teen girls, like tween girls, want to spend vacation time at the beach (#1 – 30%) while 25% would prefer to visit a major theme park. Again, visiting distant relatives was third at 22%.
Teen girls may be the age/gender segment most actively pursuing some rest and relaxation. Four percent of teen girls told KidSay a trip/vacation is the next thing they are saving up for. (That may not seem like a huge amount of kids until you understand this was a completely open-ended question. Also worth mentioning no other age/gender segments said they were saving for a trip/vacation.) Adding to teen girls’ vacation fund or footing the bill for their next trip might be just what it takes to woo their attention.
As for teen boys, they favored a trip to a major theme park (#1 – 26%), but they also like the beach (#2 – 21%). As with the tweens, visiting distant relatives was third at 20%.