This is the discussion page for the eighth of 12 core family travel topics being presented in collaboration with the Family Travel Association (FTA).
Our topic is Family Travel and Nature's Nurture (read the short essay in this link first or review the summary below).
Summary: Most people over 40 were comfortable playing outside as children. By contrast, the youth of today devote an average of 53 hours a week to entertainment media. Adults' demanding careers, concerns about "stranger danger," tangled traffic and easy access to technology 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.
We are very keen to learn what you think of your nature-based family experiences and how they have impacted you.
About the Family Travel Association and Re/Define Family Travel Campaign
The Family Travel Association is an organization that aims to inspire families to travel together by bringing together the world’s leading suppliers, resources and experts on traveling with kids.
At the end of September this year, the FTA is hosting its first annual Summit. Over the course of two full days, an assembly of industry executives and family travel experts will expand upon topics essential to a rounded understanding of the challenges of family travel.
In anticipation of that, Outbounding is collaborating with the FTA to count down the 12 weeks leading up to the Summit by spotlighting the 12 core family travel topics to the public. Each week, as part of its FTA Spotlight: Re/Define Family Travel campaign, we will open a discussion board in where you can feedback in reaction to an introductory essay written about the topic.
Following the Summit, Outbounding will again join forces with the FTA as it initiates a 12-month process of digging much deeper into each of these topics, one per month. By the time the FTA gathers for its next Summit in September 2016, it expects to have a much more powerful grasp of what's at play in family travel, fueled in part by your input here.