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In a recent survey, the opportunity to spend

In a recent survey, the opportunity to spend time with the kids was reported by mothers as the most important reason for going away. Credit: iStock

Although it's only late September, many parents are thinking about booking a family vacation for winter or spring break next year. Atlantis, Paradise Island and Influence Central recently conducted a survey of 1,100 moms and found unexpected results when it comes to family vacation habits and trends. Take a look:

-- The majority of moms surveyed (96 percent) said spending time with children is the most important reason to get away. This reason trumped escaping the office, visiting friends or family, or spending time outdoors.

-- Forty-four percent of moms said they will take their children out of school for more than two days for a vacation, while 20 percent said they would book a vacation when the kids are off from school.

-- Hotel reward programs influence family vacation decisions. About 90 percent of moms said they choose a hotel with a rewards program (55 percent of moms surveyed belong to a rewards program). Forty-six percent of moms book at least one family trip per year using rewards points.

-- One out of five families have an immediate family member with a dietary restriction. Of the moms surveyed, 55 percent are more likely to book hotels with menus that address allergies.

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