The Debate

Would you travel to a country that is profiling or has bans? Karen Osman gives her opinion in Condé Nast Traveller’s Debate

“Like many people in the UAE, I live to travel and with the country’s ideal location between East and West, I have been lucky enough to experience many beautiful destinations. Yet, while globalisation has many positives, it can also bring a lot of red tape. Visas, restrictions and government policies are coming together to make it harder to travel to certain countries. As a person who has always loved the journey as much as the destination, this added layer of complexity can be offputting, to say the least – especially with two young children in tow. (If you’ve ever tried to take your shoes off and unpack your bag at security with a baby on your hip and a toddler wrapped around your legs, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) My business demands that I travel to certain countries and, of course, I follow the process – it was actually quite relaxing not having my laptop on board once I stopped worrying it was going to get damaged in the hold – but would I travel to countries with profiling and/or bans for a holiday? Probably not. Luckily, there are 196 countries in the world, so this year I’ll be researching a destination that offers a straight-forward arrival process. And a kids’ club, of course.”

Read the full article at Conde Nast Traveller.

Karen Osman
Karen Osman
Originally from England, Karen has lived the ex-pat life for the last 15 years across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. After completing a B.A. in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Durham, a two year period teaching in Tokyo was the start of a career that combined her two great loves; travel and the English language. Moving to Dubai in 2004, Karen engaged in a sales, marketing and public relations role for a luxury hospitality company. It was a great opportunity to develop communication for luxury brands, gaining experience in writing and adapting copy for both off-line and on-line channels. After identifying a gap in the market for specialised writing services for the travel, tourism and hospitality sector, Karen set up Travel Ink in 2011, steadily building the business to include some of the most high-profile hotels, airlines and tourism establishments in the region. In addition to her role as Managing Director, Karen is also the Travel and Tourism Chair Person for the British Business Group and a committee member of Business Network International.

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