October 25, 2014

Childfree Travel: No Kids Allowed

While we at WNK are pleased to see that the childfree travel discussion is happening more publicly and frequently, we are frustrated with how the questions are framed in many of these types of interviews that make the quest for quiet and serenity seem discriminatory. The participants in the following video actually question the legality of childfree travel destinations. While virtually every hotel is child or family friendly and there are plenty of kidcentric places: Disney World, Chuck E Cheese, etc., we wonder why it is such a problem to have a few adult only hotels, floors, pools or even sections of hotels?

Childfree Travel Questions

The following childfree travel questions come from the article at NECN.com:

Is it really right to ban children from hotels and other establishments?

o While it’s not precisely legal in the US (it is in other parts of the world-so during international travel in hotels and on certain sections of airlines, do check), some establishments advertise themselves as “adults only” (but not in that sense). Restaurants led the way on this, but now many hotels are joining in.

What is driving this change?

o The biggest source is changing demographics. We have many more DINKs than ever before (Double Income No Kids) who have the resources to want to travel in the lap of luxury.

o Additionally almost 20 percent of women today won’t have kids-a number that has basically doubled since the 1970s. This means that some may be less tolerant of children than before, and that this new/growing market segment wants tailored services.

Is not allowing children in hotels and other establishments really the best strategy?

o Probably not. How else will children ever learn to behave properly unless they are exposed to these situations?”

As you take your February break we’d like to hear your thoughts on childfree sections of planes, hotels and restaurants. Please share your favorite escapes for childfree serenity!

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Comments

  1. I would absolutely pay extra for a child free restaurant, plane, hotel, movie theatre. There are plenty of family friendly places. The occasional adult oriented business should be common practice everywhere.

  2. Brigitte says:

    Therein lies the problem. People just don’t discipline their children anymore. They’re allowed to run amok in public places and wreak havoc. I’ve witnessed this myself numerous times in restaurants, malls and even my place of work. It’s infuriating when parents don’t do their job. And this is why people are opting for child-free places, not because the children are bad. But because the parents are incompetent. Sorry but this is why I have observed.

  3. Ďakujem says:

    That was a horrifically biased interview. I had to stop halfway as (being a journalist myself) I just couldn’t stomach the “interviewer” agreeing with her guest. Where was the other side of the story for balance?
    This was more of a chat over coffee, not an interview.
    Utter fluff.

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