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3 Must Have Family Travel Books

best family travel books; Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

I’m always on the lookout for fabulous books, and these sure fit the bill for the 3 must have family travel books in my book! LOL!

These awesome family travel books are just three of thousands you can find in our Best Kid Friendly family travel store.

Anyway, have a gander at these super family travel books and you’ll see why every family could find awesome tips, suggestions, and recommendations in these pages. 


101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!

by Joanne O’Sullivan

To children, the world can seem huge, filled with exciting places to visit and new things to experience. But how can they start uncovering the many treasures that await them? This fun and informative guidebook—the first in a new series—invites kids to embark on an exhilarating scavenger hunt that opens their eyes to things they’ve never imagined before. And there’s no need to go far or plan a big, expensive vacation to see this great stuff. In fact, some of the places may be quite close to home. They can take a peek at what actually goes on at their parents’ office, experience another culture’s cuisine at an ethnic restaurant, immerse themselves in the beauty of nature at a wildlife preserve, or get the inside scoop on what really happens backstage at the theater…or even in the teacher’s lounge! And the ideas are just general enough to provide a gentle push in the right direction, while allowing young dreamers to use their imagination and fill in the specifics.
In addition to tons of fun facts, lists of little-known sites, and more than 250 color photos, there’s a bonus fold-out map of North America and stickers, so youngsters can mark where they’ve been.

an Amazon reviewer said,

Fun for the whole family, January 18, 2007 By T. Tobin “luv to read” (Midwest)

Don’t know what to do on the weekend or short vacations with your kids? Here are some great and some simple ideas that your children will delight in. It was fun going through the book with my 10 year old grand daughter and identifying what she had done (quite a few of the things) and what things she wanted to do in the next 14 months before she turned 12. There is a check off list which is usually appealing to a preteen. Also it was fun to recollect the many things the family had done together. We had been to a pig pen and a working farm, dug for fossils, spent hours in a cemetery, the state capitol, an aquarium, a waterfall, backstage and so on. Among things to do: a jail, courthouse, working port, antiquarian book store and a few more things. I will give it to my other grandchildren on their birthdays. Great Gift, great fun, great learning experiences, and great price.

Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

best family travel books; Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

500 Great Reasons to Say,”Are We There Yet?”

This bestselling guide takes you across town and around the globe to 500 of the mostexciting places on earth. With more than 40 new destinations, this revised edition is packed with things to see, do, and explore—from the Painted Desert (United States) and the cave homes of Coober Pedy (Australia) to a camel safari (India) and Dracula’s Castle (Romania).

Complete with hotel information, age recommendations, Web sites, and more, this guide provides the advice you need to plan a trip the whole family can enjoy—and remember for a lifetime.

Places to Go & Things to Do Around the World

  • The natural world: awesome vistas, flora, and fauna
  • Offbeat attractions: weird and wacky fun
  • History: from ancient wonders to modern marvels
  • Rides and thrills: bobsleds, dogsleds, and everything in between
  • Art and architecture: galleries, buildings, and monuments
  • Science: space centers, natural history museums,and more
  • Sports: halls of fame and sporting events


“a handy guidebook featuring all the must-sees around the globe that kids of all ages can appreciate, not to mention their parents as well.” (New York Daily News, August 20, 2006)

“…there will be something here to inspire the adventurous spirit in most families.” (Mail on Sunday, October 2006)

“…you will have a richer knowledge of the world and of course—you will enjoy your travels…Go fetch now!” (The Big Buzz Magazine, October 2006)

“It’s the perfect gift for anyone who travels with children.” (Spanish Magazine, October 2006)

“…includes some of the best-known sights in the Southern hemisphere…” (Selling Long Haul, November 2006)

“If ever there was a ‘bible’ of worldwide must-see places for children to visit, this is it…truly comprehensive…” (Blackpool Gazette, November 2006)

“…packed with experiences the next generation of globe-trotters adore…” (Wanderlust, November 2006)

“…brilliant, unusual ideas.” (Primary Times, December 2006)

“…full of wonderful suggestions…” (Families Thames Valley East, January 2007)

“…a life saving new book…” (Club News, January 2007)

“…makes any trip possible, even with the kids in tow. It’s the perfect book for anyone who travels with children and gives them 500 opportunities to say ‘Are we there yet?” (Army Families Federation Journal, March 2007)

“…not only does it showcase the very best destinations around the world for the family, its aimed at the young and the young at heart.” (ABTA Magazine, July 2007)

“a truly fantastic guide, packed full of must-see destinations your kids will love.” (Families South West Magazine, July 2007


Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids

by Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy

Thanks for this awesome book Leslie and Michelle!

From WanderlustandLipstick Blog–If you’re well prepared, traveling with your kids can be a fun-filled, transformational experience for the whole family. Learn how to turn possible roadblocks into opportunities for stretching your travel wings. Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids offers lively anecdotes and insightful inside tips from dozens of traveling moms with kids of all ages, giving you the benefit of proven travel techniques. The mom wisdom within these pages will give you everything you need to set off on your own family journeys, whether on a long weekend or a months-long round-the-world trip.

Whether visiting family, exploring other cultures, or simply having grand adventures, this comprehensive guide includes practical information on how moms can make the most out of traveling with their kids. Mothers will find useful tips on safety, economical travel, eco-friendly trips, and the benefits of technology. Combining anecdotes and experiences from nearly 50 mothers, this positive and inspirational guide reveals how to overcome some of the more difficult barriers to traveling with children with ease and convenience in mind. This handy travel reference also includes up-to-date recommendations for helpful gadgets and tips on using the internet for planning and booking. An appendix features more than 100 essential websites for further research.

About the Authors

Michelle Duffy is an IT professional who has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, and South and Central America with her family. Leslie Forsberg is a writer, editor, and photographer whose stories and photographs have been published in numerous publications, including Alaska Airlines Magazine, Going Places, Home and Away, Journey, the Los Angeles Times, and Seattle Woman. They both live in Seattle, Washington.


An Amazon reviewer said,

Candice K. Broom “The Can Can” (an American in Laos) –

A great resource full of tips for traveling with your children no matter if you are making a short trip to visit family, or doing something adventurous in a strange land! Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids covers all of the bases with practical advice concerning safety, budget traveling, eco-friendly trips, and how to best utilize technology when you are on the road. Very specific suggestions about what to pack (and what not to pack) are a wonderful reference for parents of little ones! Take the advice from someone who has made a few mistakes about over packing in the past. I think this book is especially informative for new parents and will help them gain confidence for that milestone: Baby’s First Trip! I also enjoyed the “in the trenches” stories from 50 mothers to inspire you in conquering the sometimes frightening pilgrimage of parenting on the road.

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