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Travel with Children (How to Guide) Paperback – 24 Jul 2009
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Although generally this is a resource that you will dip into for inspiration and ideas, there is also a great selection of short Travellers' Tales interspersed throughout, which I particularly enjoyed.
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My own personal experience has been flying with kids from NY to Hawaii (10+ hours each way) and from NY to Hong Kong (15+ hours each way). I was hoping for additional tips to make things smoother in flight but there wasn't anything earth shattering here.
The book is broken down into a few key sections:
- Trip Preparation (52 pages, 8 of which is dedicated to air travel specifically)
- On the Road (20 pages on routines while traveling)
- Types of Holidays (21 page overview on camping, resorts, tours, etc)
- Destinations (155 pages on different cities to visit around the world with about 1/2 page dedicated to each city)
- Travel Games (4 pages)
So it's not a "complete resource" as the full book title claims. More than 1/2 of the book is a travel guide of various cities. And each city is only given 1/2 page of coverage. I would suggest buying a few travel books focusing on the cities that you are considering instead. (There are many travel destination books with a focus on kids. And most travel books have at least a small section for kids). I feel this book could have been a lot better if it used the ;ast half of the book for more travel tips rather than an overview of cities around the world.
+ Good overview of air travel with kids (if you've never done it before). Also consider the CARES, Child Aviation Restraint System harness in place of lugging a car seat. You can buy this harness for kids 2+ and it's FAA approved for use in flight. But this wasn't mentioned in the book.
+ Good tips on trip preparation like immunizations, medical kits, etc.
- This book is more of a destination guide and each destination is only covered with 1/2 page of information on average.
- Not really needed if you've traveled with kids (successfully) before
I love Lonely Planet guides and this was not the among the best. It's good for an overview for the inexperienced. It is not the "complete resource" that it claims to be.
Truthfully, though much travel information is available on a plethora of websites, including traveling tips with children, it's nice to have instant hands-on access to a book. Though it is impossible for this book to cover all world-wide destinations and to give useful information on every facet of traveling with children, it still does a very good job with an interesting overview about basic traveling information with children, and then down to much more specific information. While reading through this book I got excited about future trips with the kids thinking about the many destinations mentioned in this book. Besides China, there are many countries listed as "kid friendly" and safe for travel with children, ranging from Australia to Zanzibar. Specific activities and sights which children enjoy are listed with a short blurb about each one. The author includes much advice and information concerning traveling with children of various age groups from infants to teenagers, and the joys and potential pitfalls of traveling with children of various ages.
Specifics discussed include information on food, lodging, water, insurance, health, vaccinations, packing, booking, resting, one-parent traveling, activities, camping, hosteling, flying, going by train, bus, taxi, fees, freebies, shopping, restaurants, toys, traveling when pregnant, long-term traveling, schooling in a foreign country, and much more. Many beautiful photographs of some of the destinations are included which help to make the possibility of traveling with children more exciting and feasible. Luckily, our kids ages 6 and 7 do relatively well at traveling but the book does a great job of anticipating potential problems with children and how to avoid or adequately deal with them. The section on long-term travel interested me the most because I hope to spend several months in China with my kids and they will have to attend school there.
Overall, this is a very good book, I can find little if anything to complain about.