Sep 29 2009

Review of Traveling with Kids by Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy

I fancy myself as being somewhat of an expert on traveling with kids. Sure, we’ve never gone overseas or flown with our brood, but we’ve put on plenty of miles in the minivan, taken them to sites big and small, and weathered hotel moments good and bad.

Even though I’m comfortable traveling with my children, when I was given the opportunity to receive a review copy of Wanderlust and Lipstick‘s Traveling with Kids, I jumped at the chance. Perhaps I was a little smug, wondering what I could possibly learn that was new (and hoping that I would indeed gain new tips and insight).

I found the book to be well-organized into sections about various parts of traveling with children: preparation, planning, flying with kids, staying healthy, and so on. Within each section, the authors offered their expertise, but also included anecdotes and tips from other real-life traveling parents. (I was surprised to see one of my own tips listed, as I had forgotten I’d submitted it months earlier.)

The other thing I particularly liked about this book was its extensive referencing of websites and other resources. Not only were they mentioned in the text of the book itself, but also in an appendix for ready reference. From Travelocity to the Association of Children’s Museums, the website references are why I will be keeping this book handy as I plan our future travels.

As I read the book, I found my self nodding in agreement at times, and saying “why didn’t I think of that” at others. Written traveling moms Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy, Traveling with Kids will be a useful resource for families traveling around the world or within their home state.

Note: I was provided with a review copy of this book.

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