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Family Travel Association Newsletter

SPECIAL EDITION


Week of September 14, 2015

This is a special edition of the newsletter of the Family Travel Association, a new coalition of leading family travel experts, media and companies coming together to create an industry voice that will transform the way families travel — charting a path for future generations of travelers.

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FTA Spotlight: Re/Defining Family Travel
Almost three months ago, we announced the launch of FTA Spotlight: Re/Defining Family Travel, a 15-month editorial initiative to develop a rounded understanding of the challenges we all face today with family travel and the efforts we can make as an industry to move forward with it. The first stage of the initiative is a 12-week process of spotlighting 12 core family travel topics to the public. Each week, we are therefore publishing an introductory essay, which will open a topic for public discussion.
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FTA Spotlight: How Travel Can Change a Family

OUR LATEST TOPIC (#11): How Travel Can Change a Family

In our daily lives, we settle into our roles – spouses, parents, job – and accept our lives' rhythms. They're safe, comfortable, and easy. Before you know it, though, the kids are grown and you're ready for retirement. Where did the time go? That's one reason why traveling is so important, especially with family: it widens your world and opens your eyes. It can change a family too by bringing you closer together and creating intense shared experiences that will always be treasured.

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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 1: The Changing Faces of Family Travel

FTA Spotlights: The Changing Faces of Family Travel
What about multi-generational family groups, extended and "blended" clans, and households with a single parent, two dads or moms, a mix of races and cultures, special needs or "voluntary kin"? How can all kinds of families find what they need to facilitate their travel desires and always feel welcome?
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 2: How to Use Travel as a Learning Tool

FTA Spotlights: How to Use Travel as a Learning Tool
When it comes to educating our children, the world giveth and the schools often taketh away. We live in an increasingly global world, and yet too many schools believe that more learning occurs in a classroom than in the world beyond it. We owe our children their global tomorrows.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 3: "Easing the Anxiety of Flying with Children" has not yet been published.

REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 4: Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy While Traveling

FTA Spotlights: The Changing Faces of Family Travel
Mainstream travelers are rightly preoccupied with safety and health. So how can typical family-travel health and safety concerns be handled so they don't compound the dread that pushes people into less adventurous vacations. It's healthier to face our fears than to allow them to rule our lives.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 5: Technology's Impact on Family Travel

FTA Spotlights: Technology's Impact on Family Travel
Technological advancements have changed the character of family time and the nature of family travel. But while the quantity of family time evaporates, family vacations have become important as quality time. Technology should enable the making of memories, not compete with it.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 6: Traveling for Families with Special Needs

FTA Spotlights: Technology's Impact on Family Travel
Technological advancements have changed the character of family time and the nature of family travel. But while the quantity of family time evaporates, family vacations have become important as quality time. Technology should enable the making of memories, not compete with it.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 7: Volunteer and Philanthropic Travel Opportunities for Families

FTA Spotlights: Volunteer and Philanthropic Travel Opportunities for Families
One way to prepare your children to be socially responsible citizens is through the potentially powerful combination of travel and service: transformational learning experiences for the entire family. However, it can be challenging and confusing to find meaningful and responsible volunteer placements.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 8: Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture

FTA Spotlights: Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture
The youth of today devote an average of 53 hours a week to entertainment media. Many other elements as well combine to keep kids inside. So it's no surprise that the natural world feels a little “unnatural.” All the more reason to make a nature-based family holiday a top priority.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 9: Making Family Travel Affordable

FTA Spotlights: Making Family Travel Affordable
Ask average parents why they don’t travel more (or at all) and the word you often hear is: money. Travel is seen as unaffordable for so many American families. Are there ways to make family travel more affordable? We think so! Finding them is a matter of adjusting habits and behavior.
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REMINDER ABOUT TOPIC 10: The Impact of the Sharing Economy on Family Travel

FTA Spotlights: The Impact of the Sharing Economy on Family Travel
"Sharing" increases opportunities to travel, but also the demand for travel, especially among families. After all, the Sharing Economy allows families to travel more efficiently, comfortably, cost-effectively and socially. The new choices it's creating will continue pushing family travel forward.
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