Planning an upcoming holiday vacation? Wondering if you’re making the best family friendly choices? Have you already experienced that trip where you wished you’d skipped that oh-so-not-kid-friendly activity?
Admit it – it’s happened to all of us who have ever traveled with children.
Then there’s the dreaded back seat chants:
- I’m bored!
- How much longer?
- Stop looking at me!
- This place is no fun!
- There’s nothing to do here!
- Why can’t I decide where to go?
Sound familiar? Want a way to better engage your kids on that next vacation? Check out these travel guide series and websites written specifically with kids in mind. They might just have the answer – or activity – to change that “I’m bored” chant into “I want more” chant!
Travel Guide Books For Kids
Lonely Planet’s Not For Parents Series
Lonely Planet is one of the most well written travel guide books around, and their Not For Parents Travel Guide Books are no different. Lonely Planet travel books have long been one of my own go-to travel resources, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this series while planning for an upcoming family vacation.
The Not For Parents guide books are chock full of photos, stories and facts about people, places, history and cultures that are sure to engage your kids. Read about hideous historical facts, be introduced to a region’s funky foods, learn about local customs and more. Each book is complete with kid-friendly photos, illustrations, even cartoons! What kid doesn’t love cartoons! And what parent won’t be a happier traveler with happy, engaged, and entertained kids!
Do these books really provide kid-fun details? You decide. Here’s a sampling of the kinds of information your kids might just find in a Not For Parents Travel Guide:
- Where is Platform 9 3/4?
- Why are New York taxis painted yellow?
- Did the ancient Romans wear underwear?
Yeah, admit it, you’ve always wanted to know what the Romans wore under their togas! So go on, sneak a peak at one of these books. I’m sure parents will find them quite entertaining too!
Not traveling but still want your kids to learn cool stuff from around the world? Check out the Not for Parents Travel Book. Open their eyes to a world beyond their backyard, and before you know it, they will be telling you all kinds of interesting facts, quite possibly the answer to “did the Romans wear underwear?” It’s also available for iPad, Ipod and iPhone devices.
Find the complete list of Not For Parents Travel Guide Books at their website.
ABC Travel Guides For Kids
The ABC Travel Guides For Kids books focus solely on travel in the United States, with a total of seventeen kid-friendly destination guides. If you happen to make one of these destinations your family’s next adventure, be sure to pick up the guide book. Why? Because not only are these kid-based books informative, they are entertaining! Lots of cool kid-fun stuff is included in each book:
- Top family attractions and activities from A to Z.
- Word puzzles, games and more based on the book’s destination.
- Colorful, imaginative, and kid-fun-friendly photographs and images.
- 15 Things We Love About – For trip ideas and kid-friendly stuff at select destinations.
- Fun Trips – More inspirations for your next family vacation.
- Top Five – Get the inside scoop on the best family stuff to keep your kids happy.
- We Love Kids Picks – Happenings and events to delight and entertain kids and you too!
- Spotlight On – Lets you in on awesome kid-friendly activities, attractions, events, and people worth adding to your plans.
ABC Travel guides are a travel planning guide, all-in-one souvenir, and activity book all rolled up under one cover.
The Scavenger Guides
Ok, who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? And what a novel and fun way to engage the kids on your next family vacation than with a scavenger hunt from The Scavenger Guides.
The Scavenger Guide is a guide book series built around the idea of using a scavenger hunt to explore a city. These interactive travel guides are designed to open your kids up to a world of discovery and learning by way of traveling. How do these guide do it? By sending your family on an adventurous scavenger hunt through the city. Follow clues and complete tasks as you and your kids explore cities in a whole new way. Fully immerse and engage your child in all kinds of cityfied kid fun.
These not-so-typical guide books include the following:
- Scavenger hunt clues designed to challenge your child to find a location, identify an item or complete an experience.
- Earn points for scavenger items completed. Each book includes tally sheets and rewards certificates to inspire a bit of healthy, fun scavenger hunt competition.
- Each guide includes interesting and kid-fun destination specific facts and information.
- Kids can learn tips to take their own awesome travel photos.
- Kids can record their own thoughts and observations with the day-by-day “5 Senses” travel journal.
The city scavenger guide selection may be limited, but the concept is great! I sure hope they add more destinations soon. If you are traveling to any of the current Scavenger cities, be sure to pick up the guide – and use this 20% off promo code, 7FHEGG9T, while you are at it. Save a little now for that scavenger hunt later!
Nothing says a successful family vacation like a kid who has a blast! Not only will you have more confidence and assurance you have scheduled activities that your kids will enjoy, with these books, your kids might just learn something while having all this fun.
Where’s your next family vacation? Do you purchase kid-friendly guides to involve your kids in trip planning? Have you used any of these three travel guide series? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Images from LonelyPlanet.com, ABCTravel.com and ScavengerGuides.com