- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (July 2 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1740595025
- ISBN-13: 978-1740595025
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lonely Planet Travel With Children 5th Ed.: 5th Edition Paperback – Jul 2 2009
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LONELY PLANET aims to cater for every independent traveller, whatever the destination, whatever the style of travel and whatever the phase of the journey.
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My own personal experience has been flying with kids from NY to Hawaii (10+ hours each way) and from NY to Hong Kong (15+ hours each way). I was hoping for additional tips to make things smoother in flight but there wasn't anything earth shattering here.
The book is broken down into a few key sections:
- Trip Preparation (52 pages, 8 of which is dedicated to air travel specifically)
- On the Road (20 pages on routines while traveling)
- Types of Holidays (21 page overview on camping, resorts, tours, etc)
- Destinations (155 pages on different cities to visit around the world with about 1/2 page dedicated to each city)
- Travel Games (4 pages)
So it's not a "complete resource" as the full book title claims. More than 1/2 of the book is a travel guide of various cities. And each city is only given 1/2 page of coverage. I would suggest buying a few travel books focusing on the cities that you are considering instead. (There are many travel destination books with a focus on kids. And most travel books have at least a small section for kids). I feel this book could have been a lot better if it used the ;ast half of the book for more travel tips rather than an overview of cities around the world.
+ Good overview of air travel with kids (if you've never done it before). Also consider the CARES, Child Aviation Restraint System harness in place of lugging a car seat. You can buy this harness for kids 2+ and it's FAA approved for use in flight. But this wasn't mentioned in the book.
+ Good tips on trip preparation like immunizations, medical kits, etc.
- This book is more of a destination guide and each destination is only covered with 1/2 page of information on average.
- Not really needed if you've traveled with kids (successfully) before
I love Lonely Planet guides and this was not the among the best. It's good for an overview for the inexperienced. It is not the "complete resource" that it claims to be.
The book is well produced -- glossy paper and four color printing make for a nice book to look at, and the last chapter, on travel games, has some good ideas. The first chapter, Being Prepared, covers the logistics of being on the go with children of different ages -- babies, crawlers, toddlers, preschool and older children and teenagers. It also gives general information about passports, saving on airfare, transportation, packing and health. There is a section on traveling as a single parent or with teenagers, followed by a chapter on different types of holidays -- activity/adventure, camping, packages and resorts, or long-term visits. The longest section is devoted to destinations: Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, USA and Canada, Africa, Australasia, the Middle East and Asia. Each chapter begins with a top ten list for the country, which means it's pretty superficial. Then a page is devoted to various ideas of what to do in the country, then a page or two covers a few different cities or areas.
As others reviewers have said, this is low level information, of use to some but not most.
I have to admit I was somewhat jaded when I received this book to review from Amazon Vine - My wife and I have taken two toddlers (including a terrible two) to Taiwan and had three kids five and under to the Virgin Islands, Utah, Puerto Rico, Maine, and on planes more times than we could count. What could this book tell me I hadn't already lived?
For one, more than half the book (~185 of 275 pages) is dedicated to telling you which places are good for given activities (Beach, camping, cities, adventure, etc) while being kid friendly. It also gives a few pages on travel games you can play to keep the kids occupied. There is also advice on older children, up to teenagers.
I admit that much of the advice in he first two sections ("Before you go" and "on the road") seemed very basic, but I expected that given my experience with our kids. There are some good tips on how to address issues like schoolwork while you're away. Very little is rocket science, but it's a thorough resource for covering all the bases.
We have several extensive travel checklists - one for overnight road trips, others for week long trips by plane. A sample checklist for different scenarios would have been a good add.
In fact, I'd recommend anyone traveling with kids adopt this approach - it's not like you can easily go get the right kind of pacifier or lovey at 11 am in a foreign country....
Full disclosure: I received this item through the Amazon "Vine" program
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