Family Travel Association
Family Travel and Responsible Tourism


Family Travel and
Responsible Tourism

Week of August 21, 2017


Many traveling families new to the notion of responsible tourism often believe that there must be additional effort involved. After all, the idea of being “responsible” about something often involves an obligation. Parents are responsible for the care of their children, for example.

Travelers further sometimes assume that responsible tourism practices carry extra costs in line with the obligations they are likely to face.

Neither conclusion is necessarily correct.

Responsible tourism is as easy — and beneficial and rewarding — as the responsible actions parents take in caring for their children. And it should be motivated by the same reasons: concern, love and even duty. In this case, it is to the planet we call home and the people, animals and plants who inhabit it.

We asked our members to share their reasons and arguments why more traveling families should engage in responsible tourism, as well as their top tips for helping families to make responsible travel decisions. Here is what they had to say.

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