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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Shaw Books; First Edition edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877882045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877882046
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Educational Travel on a Shoestring shows parents how they can help their children learn?and have a blast?while traveling. From researching destinations to sharing activities that both teach and entertain, this priceless guide offers practical information for parents who want to have more fun with their kids, build closer family ties, and enjoy richer educational experiences?all without spending a fortune.

About the Author

Judith Waite Allee and Melissa L. Morgan coauthored Homeschooling on a Shoestring: A Jam-Packed guide for Parents.

Judith has visited “un-met friends” in sixteen states and Mexico, along with her husband, John, and daughter, Nancy. They’ve had the privilege of staying with families who participate in hospitality programs, giving them an insider’s view from a friendly front porch, instead of a stranger’s view from a motel room. Judith’s Web site, www.DreamsOnAShoestring.com, offers a free e-mail newsletter for educational family travelers. As former foster parents, she and her husband have traveled with up to three children. Judith speaks on a variety of topics, including parenting, family literacy, advocacy for children in foster care, and homeschooling.

Melissa L. Morgan and her three children travel with her husband on business, on treks across the country to visit family, and on numerous field trips, taking advantage of educational opportunities in the real world. Melissa currently writes an online newsletter, Parents Are Teachers, and manages a Web site, www.eaglesnesthome.com, to provide a forum and resources for Christian writers and homeschoolers.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jaimie Hall on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This guide for family travel is a must-have for both parents and grandparents. I wish I had read it prior to a recent spring break visit from my son and family. We went to Disneyland. What a mob scene! Many of the suggestions in this book would have been fun and more meaningful to all of us, as well as less costly and much less stressful.

Authors Judith Waite Allee and Melissa Morgan draw on their own experiences traveling with families plus much research. Their ideas can turn a cross country trip into daily adventures and take the stress out of travel with children. It is overflowing with ideas and resources to make travel educational and fun, whether a long trip or day trips around your own town.

Practical tips for all aspects of travel, from planning and budgeting to extending the memories and learning after the trip are included. Involving children in the planning stages of the trip is in itself a learning project and helps bond families and create a shared history. The book is packed with ideas on where to start.

Allee and Morgan discuss funding your trip and traveling on a budget. Children can participate and learn from this experience too. Budget travel does mean you can have rewarding experiences and lots of fun. Another chapter covers earning money on the road to extend family travel.

Grandparents will find many ideas for traveling with grandchildren, creating special memories without spending a lot of money. The authors mention a couple with an RV taking their young grandchildren across town to a park for the night. The boys still talk about that "camping trip" ten years later.

Even adults traveling without children will get some excellent ideas for enriching their travels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rayven Perkins on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
You know, its not very often that a book comes along that literally changes your life. In fact, I think this is the only one that has ever come along for me! I bought this book in 2005 on impulse while purchasing some homeschooling books. It came up as a "book you might be interested in", so I added it to my cart.

I should tell you my dream has always been to travel the world. But, reality sort of gets in the way of dreams sometimes, doesn't it? When I read Educational Travel on a Shoestring, one of the case studies involved a family that traveled full time in an RV. I had never heard of such a thing! How does one do that? So this book became the catalyst of our journey to full time RVing. We found a way to earn money on the road, and now we travel when and where we want, showing our kids America while they learn.

My copy sits in a cabinet above my computer in the RV now. Its full of highlighting and dog ears, and its pretty worn out. Since books take up valuable real-estate space in our home on wheels, the fact that its there at all is quite telling! Most of our books are on Kindle.

I had the opportunity to meet one of the authors at a convention a couple years ago. I was a speaker at the convention; she was a participant. The irony is that the subject matter of the convention was the very thing that I had chosen to make our living on the road, which she herself inspired me to do. I quite literally would not have been there if it hadn't been for this book. Isn't it funny how life works out?

Our next stop: international travel, using many of the resources described to us in Educational Travel on a Shoestring.
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6 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Delaporte on September 22, 2004
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I really enjoyed this book on how to save money traveling. There are a lot of good creative & uncommon tips. My website [...] is also listed in this book as a good resource for saving money at restaurants. I was given a copy of this book by the author and I really liked it!
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