Friday, May 3, 2013

Book review- Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids

My family loves travel. I’ve traveled around much of the US and Europe, while my husband is an expert traveler in Asia, Canada and the US.  As for our kids- our son asks pretty much daily when we are going on our next trip and his favorite show is Amazing Race.  So I was thrilled when the authors of a book aimed at helping families travel better emailed and asked if I would like a copy of their book called Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids. It is stuffed full of wonderful ways to not just survive, but to love your family trips.

Topics covered in this book include packing lists, ideas for entertaining the family while traveling, ways to help kids prepare mentally for a trip, travel journaling, flexibility while traveling, re-entry to the real world post-trip, and even how to enjoy your hometown and appreciate it as if you were a tourist there!

You can tell that these authors have a real passion for not only traveling the world, but sharing all the joys of travel and experiencing other cultures with their kids.  They use experiences from their own travels as examples for how to make things work.  I love their practical tips, especially when they offer ideas for dealing with a situation with kids of various ages.  This is a book that can grow up with your kids!

I can’t wait for our next big family trip so that I can put some of these suggestions into action. I’ve been traveling with my kids since my son was 5 weeks old (he’s almost 6), but there were still lots of new ideas and tips in this book that I hadn’t thought of.  Very helpful!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.