The crazy things vacationers would rather have happen to them than have no internet connection

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Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Roku found that internet was a vacation rental must-have for nearly three in four people. (Photo by Joey Nicotra on Unsplash)

Americans would rather endure such vacation travesties as lost luggage or food poisoning, rather than go without internet while on vacation.

Almost half of respondents (49 percent) said that no internet access would qualify as a vacation disaster ‒ just think, no streaming TV, music or movies.

Lost luggage (54 percent), food poisoning (47 percent), consistent bad weather (47 percent) and a lost credit card (44 percent) also all constituted a vacay gone-wrong.

The survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Roku, found that internet was a vacation rental must-have for nearly three in four people, above even air conditioning (61 percent) and laundry (53 percent).

When respondents were given the choice between having Netflix or caffeine on a trip, two in five Americans said binge-watching takes the top spot over their morning cup of joe.

Access to the television is clearly important for people, especially the little ones. On average, kids will ask if they can watch TV within 31 minutes of arriving to a new location.

Four in 10 parents admitted that their kids wouldn’t even make it past the 15-minute mark before asking mom or dad to turn on the television.

But adults are just as impatient on vacation as kids, especially when it comes to that all-important internet access.

Connectivity is very important to adults while on vacation. It will take an average of 27 minutes before someone asks for the Wi-Fi password, with 42 percent start asking around within the first 15 minutes of arrival.

The trouble doesn’t stop there for who chose to connect and stream entertainment while on holiday. Forty-eight percent of respondents admitted to forgetting to log out of a streaming service while staying at a vacation rental.

While there were many things that could make a trip go awry, it’s the heart-warming little things that made respondents’ list of vacation’s simple pleasures.

Fifty-six percent love nothing more than a nice dinner out while other favorite activities included exploring the town (55 percent) and bonding over a TV or a movie with friends or family (46 percent).

Even on a trip, respondents made it a point to keep up to date with their favorite shows.

“America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Bachelorette,” baseball, “Big Brother,” “Big Little Lies” and “Hollywood Game Night” all ranked high on the list summer TV favorites.

“Vacation is meant for kicking back, relaxing and having some fun. We know that for many people, streaming their favorite TV shows and movies is the ultimate way to unwind while they’re away,” said Roku’s streaming entertainment expert, Abby Reyes. “Whether traveling solo or with family and friends, staying in a rental home or hotel, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the must-watch summer TV shows or enjoy classic summer movies with loved ones.”

When it comes to family time, parents can’t wait to share beloved summer films like “Camp Rock,” “Aquamarine,” “Caddyshack,” “Camp Nowhere” and “Summer School.” As kids get older, parents can share classics from the pop culture lexicon and their own coming-of-age summers.

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“Aquamarine” and “Summer School” aren’t just for the little ones seeing as they also made it on to the overall list of the best summer movies.

Results found that other favorites included in the top 10 were “A Goofy Movie,” “Adventureland” and “Baywatch,” along with “American Graffiti,” “Almost Famous,” “Blue Crush” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Reyes added, “For those who have a short term rental or people visiting regularly, we recently launched a great feature for Roku players called ‘Guest Mode,’ which solves the problem of guests forgetting to log out of a streaming service. When turned on, Guest Mode allows guests to sign in to subscription channels using their own account credentials. Guests choose their departure date and those credentials will be automatically removed from the device on the date they’ve selected. This way, no one has to worry about forgetting to log out!”


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  1. A Goofy Movie
  2. Adventureland
  3. Baywatch
  4. American Graffiti
  5. Almost Famous
  6. Aquamarine
  7. Endless Summer
  8. Summer School
  9. Blue Crush
  10. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  11. Independence Day
  12. Blue Lagoon
  13. Camp Rock
  14. Road Trip
  15. Camp Nowhere
  16. Dirty Dancing
  17. Wet, Hot American Summer
  18. Weekend at Bernie’s
  19. Breaking Away
  20. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  21. Caddyshack
  22. Great Outdoors
  23. Mamma Mia
  24. The Parent Trap
  25. 50 First Dates
  26. Dog Day Afternoon
  27. Crossroads
  28. Stand By Me
  29. Friday the 13th
  30. Heavyweights
  31. Moonrise Kingdom
  32. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  33. It Takes Two
  34. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
  35. What About Bob?
  36. Lilo & Stitch
  37. Flipper
  38. Dazed and Confused
  39. Jaws
  40. Do the Right Thing
  41. The Goonies
  42. The Sandlot
  43. The Way, Way, Back
  44. E.T.
  45. Meatballs
  46. Rear Window
  47. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  48. Seven Year Itch
  49. Something’s Gotta Give


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  1. America’s Got Talent
  2. American Ninja Warrior
  3. The Bachelorette
  4. Bachelor in Paradise
  5. Baseball
  6. Big Brother
  7. Big Little Lies
  8. Celebrity Family Feud
  9. Golf
  10. Hollywood Game Night
  11. Love Island
  12. Master Chef
  13. Match Game
  14. Pose
  15. Soccer
  16. So You Think You Can Dance
  17. To Tell the Truth
  18. Women’s World Cup
  19. Younger


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  1. Camp Rock
  2. Aquamarine
  3. Caddyshack
  4. Camp Nowhere
  5. Summer School
  6. Crossroads
  7. Endless Summer
  8. The Parent Trap
  9. Mamma Mia
  10. Dirty Dancing
  11. Weekend at Bernie’s
  12. Stand By Me
  13. The Goonies
  14. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  15. Heavyweights
  16. Moonrise Kingdom
  17. It Takes Two
  18. The Sandlot
  19. Dazed and Confused
  20. Flipper
  21. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
  22. The Way, Way, Back
  23. Meatballs
  24. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  25. E.T.
  26. Jaws


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  1. Internet 74%
  2. Television 62%
  3. Air conditioning 61%
  4. Pool 56%
  5. Laundry 53%
  6. Accessible to town 48%
  7. Streaming options 46%
  8. Parking 44%
  9. Multiple bedrooms 42%


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  1. Lost luggage 54%
  2. No internet access 49%
  3. Food poisoning 47%
  4. Consistent bad weather 47%
  5. Lost credit card 44%
  6. Bad/unsafe location 43%
  7. Lost passport/I.D. 40%
  8. Got sick (sore throat, etc.) 40%
  9. Air conditioner breakage 38%
  10. Plumbing breakage 38%
  11. Lost reservations 33%
  12. Missed/delayed flight 33%
  13. Terrible traffic 33%


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  1. Nice dinner out 56%
  2. Explore the town 55%
  3. Out for a drink 49%
  4. Watch TV/movie 46%
  5. Bath 44%
  6. Early to bed 35%
  7. Bonfire/s’mores 35%

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