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Family Travel Association Newsletter

SPECIAL FOCUS:
IS FAMILY TRAVEL A WASTE OF MONEY?


Week of October 10, 2016

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A month ago, in mid-September, The Telegraph, a newspaper in the UK, published an article entitled “Don't travel with kids until they're teens – it's a waste of money, believe me.” The crux of the piece is that “lavishing… luxurious travel experiences on children is supremely indulgent.”
The Telegraph article
But the author, Grant Feller, wonders further about whether parents who hit the road with their young children do it more as a “mark of the most ostentatious form of competitive parenting.”

Needless to say, we at the Family Travel Association disagree in the strongest terms.

However, rather than crafting a sternly worded rejoinder to Feller's hyperbole, we turned to our members and asked for their feelings. Did they disagree too? Or were there important shades of gray that we were neglecting to consider? Did any of them perhaps agree?

We got a LOT of replies and, after considerable review, have decided to publish them all in full, not attempt a summary overview. The depth of surprise and rejection of Feller’s declarations is so much more satisfying to read.

Is Family Travel a Waste of Money?
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