This is the discussion page for the fourth of 12 core family travel topics being presented in collaboration with the Family Travel Association (FTA).
Our topic is Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy While Traveling (read the short essay in this link first or review the summary below).
Summary: While recognizing that mainstream travelers are more preoccupied with safety and health considerations like how to stay hydrated and fed with reliable food and water, how hard would it be to establish a more widespread new normal of family travel health and safety concerns? Could they be handled without hesitation so that they don't compound the sense of dread that pushes most people to decide on less adventurous lives, let alone vacations? This is especially important because many normal vacations today don't help develop the kind of wellbeing and confidence we want in our children (or adults!). As we all know, it's healthier to face our fears than to allow them to rule our lives. It's time more people applied that dictum to their vacation planning.
We are very keen to learn what you think of safety and health as it applies to family travel, so please share your thoughts below.
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.