Family Travel Association Newsletter


Week of March 16, 2017

Family Travel in a (Tricky) New Travel Climate
So what is any traveler, but especially traveling families, to do in a travel environment where more and higher travel obstacles are shuttering borders that were once open, and where an overarching sense of negativity is making people think twice about leaving home?

This in-depth article, with comments from two dozen family travel experts, tries to answer that question by putting it all into context.

Family Travel in a (Tricky) New Travel Climate
“It’s a weird time to be in the travel industry,” understates a well-established, U.S.-based freelance travel writer and editor. Caught between a rock (slumping travel demand in the U.S. due to new, restrictive policy directives) and a hard place (threats of tighter visa rules for U.S. travelers overseas), he laments how “The current climate would make any travel writer – really any American who travels for a living – paranoid. For us family travel writers, however, the stakes are even higher.”

At issue today in the U.S. are the now-infamous shifts in U.S. immigration policy spearheaded by the new American administration over the last two months. These include vigorous enforcement of laws governing some immigrants already in the U.S. and the pair of executive orders (now both blocked) temporarily banning travel to the U.S. by the citizens of several Muslim-majority nations and all refugees.

These are important because, in the best of circumstances, “For family travel to be transformational, the message must be warm, open, and hospitable. Parents do not, and should not, expect anything else. In this case, the [travel bans] may be giving them pause,” remarks another family travel writer and publisher.

But troubles are brewing outside the U.S. too, with visa-policy brinksmanship ordered by the European Parliament and complex rules for families visiting places like South Africa and Botswana.

Family Travel in a (Tricky) New Travel Climate

Click above to learn more about the issues and to read input from two dozen family travel experts.

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