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Do you feel like when you go on vacation you are surrounded by lots of families with kids? Well, there’s a good reason for that. According to the AAA, 88-million Americans plan to take a family vacation this year, with Millennials the generation most likely planning a family getaway (44%), versus Generation X (39%) and baby boomers (32%).

Family plays a huge role in a lot of people’s vacations, with 27% of folks saying they are planning three or more family trips this year, an increase of 12% from last year.

Overall, road trips are still the most popular form of family vacation, with 64% of families hitting the road for their trip, although international travel is also big this year, with 35% of families heading outside the U.S., an increase of 9% from just two years ago.

As for what most people are looking for on their family trip, 73% want to go somewhere they’ve never been before, while 61% will be haded to the beaches and mountains, 59% want a chance to sightsee, and 56% want a chance to relax. Yeah, cause they’re gonna get that last one with the kids in tow.

Source: AAA

Vacations are supposed to be a time to relax, unwind and leave your worries about work behind, but it turns out that’s just not happening anymore. In fact, a new poll finds many of us just can’t seem to unplug while we’re away, leaving us distracted by work and other things. 

The poll by Alamo Rent A Car finds that only 37% of Americans say they completely unplug from work while they are on vacation, down from 53% last year. What’s more, 59% say they put pressure on themselves to work during their family trip, with 57% saying they do so to avoid coming back to tons of work.

Of course, work isn’t the only thing keeping us from completely relaxing and unplugging on our trips. Social media has become a big obstacle in folks’ ability to completely turn off on vacation, with 37% of people saying they use social media on vacation either the same amount of time or more than they do at home, and 16% saying they couldn’t take a social media break while away.

And while they may not be able to do it, 43% say they wish they could take a social media break on vacation. And it sure sounds like they should since 23% of people admit they’ve seen social media ruin a trip. 

One reason why people are constantly on social media during vacation is to post photos of their trip, and while that may seem innocent enough, it may not be the healthiest of behaviors. The survey finds that 20% of people say they feel pressure to post about their trip to prove they are having a good time, while 27% are doing it simply to show off where they are or what they’re doing.

Source: Business Journal

These days it seems like folks rarely look up from their smartphones or computers, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that a lot of people spend most of their day on the Internet.

According to a new Pew Research poll, 77% of Americans say they go online daily, with 26% admitting they are online “almost constantly,” an increase of 5% from 2016. What’s more, 43% say they go online several times a day, with only 8% going on once a day, and 11% going online several times a week or less. And, believe it or not, there are some people who are Internet free, with 11% saying they don’t use it at all.

And anyone with a teenager or twenty-something won’t be surprised by this fact. Young adults are more likely to say they go on the Internet constantly, with 39% of 18 to 29-year-olds falling into that category, while 49% go on multiple times a day. On the other end of the spectrum, only 8% of those 65 or older say they are online constantly, and only 30% go on multiple times a day.

Source: Pew Research Center

We’re lucky enough to get St. Patrick’s Day on a Saturday this year, so no matter how you choose to celebrate, you’ll probably get to do it without having to worry about work the next morning. If you and your sweetie still trying to decide how to spend your holiday this year, try one of these St. Paddy’s date ideas.

  • Take a tour of a whiskey distillery - You probably have no idea how whiskey is actually made or the history of it, so this date could be fun and St. Patrick’s Day-related and educational at the same time.
  • Have a picnic in the park - If you’re lucky enough to have nice enough weather to sit outside and enjoy Saturday afternoon, go soak up the sun with a St. Paddy’s-inspired lunch. Be sure to pack something green and maybe sneak some Guinness into the picnic basket.
  • Have Irish coffees and breakfast in bed - You and your partner can avoid the crowds of drunken folks out celebrating and stay in bed instead. And it’s a holiday, so why not start the day with a boozy coffee drink?
  • Go to an Irish bar and get lit - Join the festive drinkers at a proper Irish bar and start toasting St. Patrick’s Day with mid-afternoon drinks.
  • Check out an Irish movie - Looking for a more quiet and cozy St. Paddy’s date? You can never go wrong with a movie, so going with the Irish theme, watch “The Boondock Saints,” or “The Departed,” - it’s vaguely Irish. And you can always get into the spirit of the holiday by drinking during your movie marathon.

Source: Elite Daily

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