My kids cannot yet read and are too young to even understand how lucky they are to travel as frequently and extensively as they do. Nevertheless, I always try to get them excited about any upcoming trip. Finding out what will get a child excited in a new location can be a challenge (particularly if you have never been there) and I often spend a lot of time researching kid-friendly activities in our holiday destination. But as parents, our ‘research time’ is often very limited. Fortunately, Lonely Planet’s new Not-For-Parents series is the perfect travel companion for those travelling for kids.
The series is designed especially for children who are curious about exploring the world. The first cities to be introduced in this series are London, New York, Paris and Rome. Each title is created around “cool stuff to know” in hopes of inspiring a whole new generation of travellers and provides kids with a glimpse of the world without leaving home. The books are colourfully illustrated with a blend of photos, quirky drawings and cartoons, and they’re full of intriguing stories and fascinating facts about the people, places, history and culture of these cities. For example did you know why New York is called the big apple? Or in how many pieces was the Statue of Liberty shipped from France to NY? The guides are written in a very kid-friendly way so older children can do their own research and make recommendations on what they would like to see – give you more time to… well, do something other than research!
I’m pleased to say that I have two copies from the Lonely Planet Not for Parents series to give away. The first 2 readers to leave a comment with the words ‘i heart lonely planet’ will win either the NY or London edition from this series.