Americans part with a massive $43,154 to fund ‘the perfect summer’ according to new research.
With six BBQs, restaurant dinners, five movies, beach outings and two overseas trips, funding an unforgettable summer is a seriously costly endeavour.
The average family will travel nearly 600 miles together, with most vacation destinations between four and five hours away by car.
Most – 85 per cent – look for vacation activities within their home state, with parents in the West most likely to take their children overseas. Those in the Midwest were least inclined to do so.
When it comes to travel outside of mainland USA, the Bahamas and Australia are among the dream destinations. Canada and Japan also feature in the ‘top 10’ bucket list for summer travel, with road trips, fishing and camping all part of the ten essential summer activities.
But over half (57 percent) of respondents said they have nothing fun or exciting planned for the family this summer.
Groupon spokesman Greg Rudin said: “Many parents aren’t aware of the number of affordable local activities they can do with their children over the summer months.”
“By taking full advantage of the amazing things to do in and around their neighborhood, building long-lasting family memories can be done on just about any budget.”
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Top ten essential summer activities
2. Water park/amusement park
4. Out of state visit
6. Road trip
7. Hotel stay
9. National monument visit
America’s top 10 dream summer destinations
2. Disney World
5. Washington DC
8. Virginia Beach