When your kids are happy, you’re happy too. For example, letting them choose what they have for dinner—providing they eat their greens from time to time—allows you to enjoy your own meal without any food-flinging tantrums! So it makes perfect sense to ensure that your kids are also happy on vacation.

More and more parents are letting them join the conversation about where to take the next family vacation—and who to invite along. It’s a growing trend known as kidfluencing, when children’s opinions help the whole family come to a decision. If your children are a little shy or the only answer you get from them is a surly shrug of the shoulders, don’t worry—our in-depth survey means we can share exactly what kids want from a vacation rental.

Splashing around

Whatever your age, vacations allow you to spend more time doing the things you love most. And for kids, that means playing video games. The third most popular extra amenity as chosen by children in our survey was a video game arcade (16%), followed by a home theater (6%). Sometimes we don’t need to look for clever solutions or revolutionary ideas. If your kids enjoy video games and a daily viewing of their favorite cartoon, then the simple trick for a perfect vacation is to pick a rental that has a DVD player or a games console.


My favorite thing was the water slide.

Family vacationer, age 8

Every day, after playing in the ocean, we got to go in the pool.

Family vacationer, age 8

Playtime

Whatever your age, vacations allow you to spend more time doing the things you love most. And for kids, that means playing video games. The third most popular extra amenity as chosen by children in our survey was a video game arcade (16%), followed by a home theater (6%). Sometimes we don’t need to look for clever solutions or revolutionary ideas. If your kids enjoy video games and a daily viewing of their favorite cartoon, then the simple trick for a perfect vacation is to pick a rental that has a DVD player or a games console.


My favorite memory was staying at the shore at an incredible vacation house with a pool, an elevator, two home theaters, and ten bedrooms—and it was a hundred feet from the ocean.

Family vacationer, age 17

I enjoyed a lot about my last vacation. There were so many activities, like games, a theater, water toys, and tasty food. I miss my last vacation a lot.

Family vacationer, age 8

Room for the whole family

Kids overwhelmingly told us that the best part of staying in a whole house on vacation would be having plenty of space to run around (13%)—and a room of their own (39%). Some parents said their children have previously slept on the floor (22%) or in a bathtub (4%) while on vacation. Kids also said they’d love to invite their friends, cousins, grandparents, and pets. All of which says that size matters. Book a rental where you can take along everyone important to you, and where you all get time and space to relax.

It was such a fantastic home for our family and young children and could easily fit two families with children based on the bunk beds and the layout of the home.

A unique property

Children’s imaginations know no limits, and when it comes to their perfect vacation rental, they like to think big. And who can blame them? Why settle for a standard hotel room when you could stay in a castle? That’s the resounding result of our survey (37%), with kids also telling us they’d like to stay in a treehouse (29%) or a seashell (10%). They want a unique property that makes their vacation feel truly special. Discover more of our unique properties that will ensure that your vacation creates memories to last a lifetime.

All of our family (eight adults and eight grandkids) just spent a week there (castle). It was better than advertised. It exceeded our expectations, and lifetime family memories were made this week. The grandkids cried because we had to leave.

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