‘Travel with Children’ by Lonely Planet – Review

Travelling with the Mayhems can be great fun and very rewarding. Papa Joe and I are always amazed at how adventurous some families are. In India we met a family taking six months to explore Asia before their daughter started school and in South Africa we met another family taking a year out to travel around the world.

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Making new friends in India

The common theme both families mentioned was good planning. When travelling solo, it can be rewarding and fun to be spontaneous but with Mayhems in tow more structure is needed.

Now our daughters are hinting that we should take their Mayhems (ages 2 -6) on holiday so we are starting to think where to go and how to manage. Recently we were given a copy of ‘Travel With Children   Family – Friendly Travel Without The Fuss’ published by Lonely Planet which should help us.

lonely planet book travel with childrenThe first few sections of the guide book give tips and useful information about getting ready for the trip and things to be aware of on the journey. There are reminders about passports, visa and other documentation. Importantly for grandparents the guide points out you may need a parental letter of consent if you are travelling abroad with Mayhems, but not with their parents.

There are suggestions for basic medicines to pack and equipment you might need as well as tips to make the journey less stressful. Once at the destination the guide has some practical advice about settling in as well as what is safe for young children to eat and drink.

The remainder of  ‘Travel with Children’ is divided into sections about different types of holidays such as wildlife watching and different countries you can visit.  Have a look at the list of themed holidays such as ‘ Knights and Princesses’ which include hunting ghosts in Scottish castles or visiting Dracula’s Castle in Romania.

The largest section of the guide has individual entries for a wide range of countries from all parts of the world. Each entry is concise double page spread and includes enough information to whet your appetite and see what might be fun for your Mayhems  The need to know section for each country includes the best time to go, cost, local food that children enjoy and getting around. This has certainly given us ideas for unusual and interesting places to visit.

The Travel with Children guide has some very practical guidance for travelling with The Mayhems and acts as a good starting point for thinking about where to go.

Lonely Planet website has a section specifically for kids – Lonely Planet Kids. here you will find more information about the books Lonely Planet produce, links to articles about family travel and a newsletter.

Papa & Mayhem was given a copy of ‘Travel With Children’ by Lonely Planet.  I was not paid for this review, and the opinions are all mine.


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