Often before a family travels on their look-see visit, they are very stressed. They assume they will not be able to find what they want on their trip, that their children will not get accepted into their first choice schools, and that, in general, the trip will fall short of their expectations. We have noted this pattern over some time, to the degree that I coined a phrase to describe it, namely “pre-trip anxiety”. I use this phrase to describe the period after all arrangements have been made and there is nothing a family can do to move the process forward, but they don’t yet know how everything will turn out.
We are finding that pre-trip anxiety is particularly prevalent at present, because families have been thrown many more wildcards than ever before. Companies are changing their policies, homes may not sell, and many more pieces are up in the air due to current economic factors.