It’s holiday season again and when compared to their counterparts from other Asian countries, Singapore parents were the most likely to leave their children behind to go on a vacation.
According to Expedia’s 2017 Importance of Family Travel Study released on Tuesday (Dec 5), 41% of parents in Singapore would leave their children behind to go on a holiday.
Meanwhile, only 27% of parents in Hong Kong, 23% in Taiwan, and 19% in Malaysia would do the same.
But of course, these Singapore parents had their reasons for choosing to leave their children behind – with “reconnecting with their partner” being the top choice for 61% of them.
The study covered 28 markets across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific, and surveyed 17,079 respondents. The Asian markets featured were Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
They may have been the most eager to leave their kids behind, but Singapore parents agreed that family holidays make for some great memories and serve as a good family bonding opportunity.
In fact, 95% of them agreed that they felt closer to their children and 93% of young millennials (aged between 13 and 17) said they felt closer to their siblings during family vacations.
And despite the rebellious phase that every teenager goes through, the study found that 75% of these young millennials picked their parents as their favourite holiday travel companions.
Perhaps those in their teens still look to their parents when it comes to not just organising facets of a trip, but paying for things too?
To the contrary, the survey revealed that only 44% of parents picked their children as their ideal travel companions.
Perhaps this could be because family travel is stressful for the parents.
Some 85% of Singapore parents agreed that family vacations are more focused on children’s activities and 90% affirmed that they require more time for research and planning.
That doesn’t mean that family vacations are run like army camps, though.
Expedia found that 54% of Singapore parents will go easy on the rules and chores during family vacations, and 43% will allow their children to stay up past their bedtime.
In a statement, general manager for Southeast Asia and India at Expedia Mr Simon Fiquet said: “Family vacations are important platforms for creating shared family memories and facilitating family bonding”.
“While going on holidays with children can be stressful at times, the rewards far exceed the time and money invested”.