We need to stand up for freedom to travel

Written by Olivia Ruggles-Brise, Policy and Communications Director, WTTC

As a British Citizen and child of the European Union, freedom to travel is part of who I am. I have a passport that currently allows me visa-free entry into 175 countries, and, for the time being at least, the opportunity to work and live across the 28 countries of the EU. My student days coincided with the advent of Low Cost Carriers and, with the opening up of global aviation markets, long-haul travel was pretty affordable too. I work in international travel, have lived in three continents, visited five and the patchwork of my life is made up of the experiences, friends, cultures, and landscapes that I have encountered along the way. The world, as the saying goes, has always been my oyster. And until recently, I never questioned that my children would enjoy this same freedom.

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