Children, Baby Boomers Setting New Trends in Vacation Choices
Vacation choices are increasingly being dominated by two changing trends: (1) Children are playing a dominant role in destination choices; (2) Baby boomers are looking for new destinations and activities that are personally and culturally enriching.
If you want to know where to spend your summer vacation, ask the kids. Research shows they’re logging on to the Internet and scouring the Web for online tourism information in increasing numbers, according to the Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center. “Children, and especially teenagers, have become advisers to their parents on vacation destinations, lodging and length,” says Liping A. Cai, an associate professor of hospitality and tourism management.
Cai says there is also a trend toward more educational travel. Baby boomers, in particular, find lying on the beach for days wasteful. They have a been-there-done that attitude and are looking for destinations and activities that are personally and culturally enriching. The number of visits to museums, for example, is up over the past decade. Museums are taking advantage of this trend and offering more hands-on educational experiences.
Whatever your destination choice is this summer, take TFCU along. Instead of cash, carry American Express Travelers’ Cheques. Or, use your low-interest TFCU credit card or MoneyPlusTM card to cover your expenses. And, have a great vacation experience.