I faced a difficult decision after the American election. I was invited on a press trip to Branson, Missouri — a red state in what some call the mid-West and what others call the South. Many write it off as “Flyover America”.
In this article for The Wayward Post, I explain my thought process of deciding whether to go, when so many Canadians and Europeans were saying we should boycott U.S. travel as a way of protesting Trump and his campaign hate speech. I also talk about what I found in Branson, both the good and what needs improvement:
Visiting “Flyover America” in a Trump world: my perspective as a Canadian visiting middle America now that Trump will be president.
What’s your opinion? Does boycotting a destination make a difference in changing government policies and in changing public discourse?
Ethical decisions abound when travelling. I’ve written a lot on responsible tourism, about everything from whether you should travel after a terrorist attack, to avoiding scams, to protecting cultures, to etiquette tips about what you should wear and where you can kiss. Links are on my responsible tourism page.
Not all was serious. Branson had lots of fun, including one of the best roller coasters I’ve ever been on (Outlaw Run, at Silver Dollar City), and this mesmerising Ferris wheel, which was just moved from Chicago’s Navy Pier: