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Vacationing Parents Top Worry: Keeping Kids Occupied in Transit

Vacationing Parents Top Worry: Keeping Kids Occupied in Transit 
- Expedia.ca and the Traveling Canucks offer tips to help parents
navigate March Break travel-related stresses - 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/13 -- There are few
travellers who leave for a holiday without thinking that they forgot
to pack something important or overlooked something critical - like
leaving their passport at home or forgetting to lock the front door.
They should consider themselves lucky - Canadian parents have even
more on their minds before they go on vacation. According to a recent
survey by Expedia.ca, 50 per cent of respondents said travelling with
children is 'very' or 'somewhat' stressful. What's most worrisome
isn't associated with anything back home, or even waiting for them at
their final destination - instead, the top cause of parental stress,
at 37 per cent, is keeping their young ones occupied while in
transit.  
To help parents alleviate any stresses associated with planning and
taking a family vacation, Expedia.ca has teamed up with travel
blogger and mother Nicole Wears from the Traveling Canucks
(www.travelingcanucks.com).  
"Given that so many Canadians are planning to take a family trip this
year, it is important for parents to do their homework in order to
get the best results, just like kids do in school," said Wears. "As
the first step to any successful trip, I encourage parents to use a
combination of sensible tips and reputable travel resources and sites
like Expedia.ca, to plan all aspects of their vacation."  
Other top parental worries include remembering to pack everything (22
per cent), the availability of child-friendly activities while on
vacation (16 per cent), being prepared for unforeseen delays (15 per
cent), and choosing a kid-appropriate destination (13 per cent). 
Other Considerations for Family Travel Planning  
Not surprisingly, finding a family getaway within budget was the most
important factor for parents when deciding vacation options (at 54
per cent) followed by finding a destination with activities for the
whole family (48 per cent). Among the various factors that come into
play when deciding on a vacation destination, parents were split on
whether previous visits to a destination played a role in determining
where the family wo
uld go on their next holiday. Twenty three per
cent said they would make a travel decision based on a past visit,
while 24 per cent said that exploring someplace new was among the
most important factors when choosing.  
"Canadians put great importance in being able to go on holiday with
their families. In fact, 81 per cent of parents surveyed said they
plan to travel in 2013 - 17 per cent of them over the March Break
holidays," said Sean Shannon, Vice President and Managing Director of
Expedia Canada. "As the country's leading online travel provider, we
have the resources that make holiday planning easy, as well as an
unmatched inventory of family-friendly destinations that offer
something for everyone and will help to create lasting family
vacation memories for years to come."  
Of all vacation destinations, Florida proved to be the most popular
family-friendly location (21 per cent), understandable given the many
theme parks and family-friendly resorts available to Canadians with
only a few hours flight time required. In fact, the Sunshine State
recently celebrated a record number of 89.3 million visitors to the
state in 2012, 3.6 million of whom were Canadians, a new high that
represented a 7.3 percent increases over 2011.(1)  
Top Ten March Break Travel Tips  
For March Break-bound families, Expedia.ca and Nicole Wears offer the
following advice: 
1) Plan ahead - Travelling with children requires lots of planning so
give yourself time to do your homework. Seek feedback from other
parents while vetting your options. Tools such as Expedia.ca's
Verified Reviews, as an example, is a collection of over 7.5 million
hotel reviews from actual travellers and features an entire category
dedicated to families.  
2) Involve your child - Happy kids means a happy vacation! Feed off
their excitement and let them feel involved in the planning process -
for if they do help plan, the happier they'll be to join. Pick two or
three places you'd like to visit on your trip and let your child help
pick the final destination.  
3) Be budget savvy - The costs of a family vacation often add up,
thereby contributing to stress levels. To help keep the budget
in-check, look for seasonal sales, last minute and border city deals
and make sure to bundle hotel and flight together to help get the
most bang for your buck. Sites like Expedia.ca also show
all-in-pricing so you will know upfront exactly whether the family
vacation of your dreams is within your holiday budget.   
4) Start packing early - No parent wants to waste time shopping while
on vacation for the things they've forgotten to pack. To dodge this
avoidable stress, don't wait until the day before to pack; rather
start with a little each day to ensure you don't forget anything
important.  
5) Bring snacks - Think of how many kid-friendly snacks you'll need
and then double that amount. You never know what you'll find (or not
find) on the menu, or how long it will be until your next meal.  
6) Bring along a pillow - A pillow is small creature of comfort that
will help children - and parents - rest, particularly at airport
gates or while in transit.  
7) Bring portable activities - Help keep kids occupied during
layovers or long waits with a variety of games that can be played
alone or with others.  
8) Prepare for the unexpected - Unforeseen delays can rile even the
most experienced traveller, but can cause even more stress for
families travelling with young children. Book through a reputable
travel provider such as Expedia.ca that provides access to trained
customer service representatives that can help 24/7 and when the
unexpected arises.   
9) Have your apps ready - Before you leave home, download games and
travel apps to your smart phone. Games will provide instant fun at
your fingertips should the kids get antsy. Smart phones can also
house key travel apps - such as Expedia.ca's free app - which lets
you book flight and hotel on the go should travel plans change at the
last minute.   
10) Have fun - Whether you're lounging on a beach in a sunny
destination, or visiting friends close to home, make sure you kick
back and enjoy the new memories you're creating with the ones you
love. 
A full list of family friendly travel tips can be found at
http://press.expedia.ca.  
Survey Methodology:  
The results quoted in this press release are taken from "Expedica.ca
Family Travel" survey using Google Consumer Surveys between February
15th and 20th, 2013. Each question sampled at least 500 unique,
randomly sampled internet users across the Google Consumer Surveys
publisher network. The average margin of error is +/- 4%. 
About Expedia Inc.  
Expedia, Inc. operates Canada's most visited full-service online and
mobile travel service, Expedia.ca. To help Canadians plan and
purchase travel, Expedia, Inc. offers the best combination of
scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation
packages, destination activities, cruises, trip insurance and
traveller-authored content. Expedia customers are supported by
customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
via a toll-free number and email response.  
Expedia, Expedia.ca, the Airplane logo and Vacation Deprivation are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the
U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names
mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. (C)
2013 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50  
(1) Visit Florida -
http://media.visitflorida.org/news/news.php?id=253
Contacts:
Veritas Communications
Emily Vear
416-955-4590
vear@veritasinc.com
 
 
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