Vacation Trends That Focus on Family

Nov 30, 2021

Earlier this month, Vrbo unveiled its annual Trend Report, which anticipates how families in the United States are planning their vacations and what their priorities may be. As a Vrbo partner, Kong Vacation Homes has some insight into these trends, and here are our thoughts on what visitors to Florida will be looking for in 2022!

Where the Kids Want to Stay!

Families have been under a great deal of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s no wonder many are looking for relaxing vacations. Every member of the family is part of the planning process, and half of the families surveyed by Vrbo say they are more likely to let their kids decide where they will go! One of the top destinations in the United States, Florida is a family favorite with fun destinations coast to coast!

Kong Vacation Homes are conveniently located near popular tourist spots, like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Miami Beach, and our West Central Florida properties are a quick drive to Disney World, too!

Don’t Forget Grandma and Grandpa

After a long separation, families are looking for ways to reconnect, and vacationing together is a growing option. But there are a lot of factors to consider when booking accommodations that will be comfortable for every generation!

Kong Vacation Homes is family-owned and operated, so we know just what family members are looking for in a place to stay. Parents will love the smart home upgrades throughout our properties, with automatic systems to control lighting, climate, entertainment, and even security. For the kids, we offer smart TVs and gaming systems, while grandparents will appreciate the private rooms for a peaceful retreat. Outdoor amenities, like furnished patios, fenced backyards, and heated pools, allow the everyone to enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Bring Your Pets, Too!

Many families added pets to their households during the pandemic, and they don’t plan on leaving them behind when it’s time for vacation! Since just last year, the demand for pet-friendly vacation homes has increased by 40 percent on Vrbo alone!

When you stay with Kong Vacation Homes, your pets are welcome to stay with you. Our vacation rentals, which are located in the pet-friendly regions of Tampa and Miami, provide plenty of space inside and out. Just note that we require a pet deposit when you book your rental. We also make reasonable accommodation to allow pets who serve as assistance animals, which includes animals who provide emotional support.

A Place for the Entire Family to Gather

If you have a large or extended family, your options for accommodations might seem very limited. But Kong Vacation Homes has a solution that will allow your family to stay at one, resort-like property! The Saint Patrick Palace in Davie, Florida. sleeps up to 18 people and is the ideal venue for a family reunion or holiday gathering.

Located near Fort Lauderdale and just north of Miami, your family will love the rural charm of the area, rich with equestrian trails, idyllic green spaces, and numerous parks to enjoy – with all the benefits of major cities nearby. The Saint Patrick Palace estate features five acres of land, a two-story main residence with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a two-story guest cottage with one bedroom and two bathrooms, a private pond with a fountain and dock, a heated saltwater pool with a sundeck, and plenty of parking! If you are planning a family event, Kong Vacation Homes staff will work with you to make sure it’s within our rules and runs smoothly.

Flexibility Matters

No matter where you stay, it’s more important than ever before that your space works for you. Families have a greater appreciation for a work-life balance, and vacations planned for 2022 reflect that.

If you are considering a longer vacation or sabbatical, a vacation rental home is a great choice for your stay. With all of the comforts of a home away from home, vacation rentals offer more private space and flexibility than standard hotel rooms. At Kong Vacation Homes, our fully-equipped kitchens will allow you to prepare your own meals – and lower food expenses. We also offer washers and dryers on our properties.

And, of course, the versatility of the Saint Patrick Palace as a private rental property and event space is unmatched!

Planning in Advance

Vrbo’s survey shows that families are booking their vacations with more advance notice than ever before. In fact, their report shows that booking activities occurred two to three months earlier than usual for major travel seasons.

With our online booking calendars, Kong Vacation Homes makes it easier than ever for you to view availabilities at our properties while you’re planning your next Florida trip – and to reserve the perfect home.

For more information about our available properties and their amenities, please call 866-499-9026 or email

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