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The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies & Young Children (Rough Guides Reference Titles) [Paperback]

Fawzia Rasheed de Francisco
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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10 Jan 2008 Rough Guides Reference Titles
From pre-trip planning to pre-empting and dealing with challenges when away, The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children is the ultimate comprehensive guide to hassle-free family travel. With the low-down on everything from planning your itinerary and accommodation to what to bring and how to pack it, the guide is packed with tips on painless travel by plane, car, bus or train, as well how to deal with delays, queues and travel sickness. Insiders’ tips from destinations all around the globe ensure you’ll know what to expect when you arrive. You’ll find thoroughly researched and accessible advice on coping with the challenges once you’re there, from eating out with toddlers to getting enough sleep. Ideal for busy parents, the guide comes complete with listings of resources, websites and further reading, plus handy checklists, first-hand stories and advice from travel industry experts and parents who’ve been there and done it.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537045
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children by Fawzia Rasheed de Francisco, is a must-read if you're new to holidaying with a tot. There's a whole host of things you didn't know you needed to know." -- The Independent

"Vaccines, toys, camping, child monitors, immigration - it's all here... You don't even need to travel to benefit from the advice on these pages." -- Junior Magazine

"a very useful planning tool, particularly for anyone aiming to take a holiday with a baby for the first time." -- Daily Mail

About the Author

With a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Fawzia Rasheed worked as research scientist with the Medical Research Council (UK) before working in the UN as a Senior Policy Adviser. In the course of her travels and work, Fawzia has taken her children along wherever possible. Her eldest son started his travels at 6 weeks and celebrated his first birthday on his fifth continent.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, practical, sensible advice 25 Feb 2008
I must admit that I was sceptical when a friend recommended this book to me. I have often travelled with my three young children and I thought I knew it all. However I now admit I was wrong. This Rough Guide is full of useful advice, but most importantly it is sensible and not patronising. The author treats her readers as intelligent beings and that makes a huge difference - to me at least.
The book is also full of real examples of family holidays that have gone well and not so well, which often make fascinating reading (it may seem obvious, but do keep an eye on your children when trekking across mountain ranges in Nepal!).
I particularly liked the way the book covers different specific areas of the world - both obvious holiday destinations and more unusual places - and tackles cultural differences, for example those countries where it is advisable to breastfeed in private, or cover even young children on the beach. What sort of loos to expect in Eastern Europe, what age you will need a car booster seat in various countries and where children can travel free on public transport etc etc etc. The list of practical, money and time saving tips is endless and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone planning to travel with their children - you may even enjoy yourself!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars some inaccurate health information 2 Feb 2010
By Jane
There's a great deal of good sensible stuff in this book however a good chunk of it is on health precautions and what to do in case of medical problems. Take care not to rely too heavily on this for the author is clearly not qualified to give medical advice in this way. The explanation on how oral rehydration 'works' is just plain wrong, for example.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable and puts your fears to rest! 25 May 2008
How I wish I'd had this oh so useful tome when my son was little - as a lone parent I scooped him up and took off to various parts of the world and, though we managed, I carried him and my anxieties alone and hoped for the best. If I'd had the tips and reassurances that this book of travel revelations provides - such as packing advice (lists offered), how to cope with 'colds and ear problems in the air', 'common challenges' once you're 'there' and travellers' anecdotes - I would have been so much more at ease and less fevered by the time we reached our destination. It's a handbook that fits neatly and appropriately into the essential luggage space, offering invaluable nuggets of information which, in the rush of preparation, the fluster of arrival and the awe of 'being there', provide the support and back up that will make it all so much easier. A positive and practical book to accompany any journey with children in tow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing special 6 Sep 2010
By jiju
i bought this book hoping it would provide some helpful tips re travelling with children. i found it to be very basic and was disappointed. the section with regards to travelling with children specific to different countries is too short and feels like it was an after thought. i also found the information inaccurate and unhelpful. all in all, not quite what i was hoping for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present 30 Dec 2013
By Helen
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Gave this to a few friends who before having children loved to travel. They found it very helpful when travelling with baby, made them think about areas that previously had not crossed their mind! Brilliant gift!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide 14 Jan 2013
By Yvonne
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Usual high standard from the Rough Guide series. Many useful tips, some a little obvious but still worthwhile stating. Would recommend.
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