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Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids [Kindle Edition]

E. Ashley Steel , Bill Richards
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Book Description

Pack your bags, hop a plane, and take a trip! Embarking on a journey with your kids can be a thrilling and rewarding adventure. Family travel is also a great way to expand your cultural horizons and help cultivate our next generation of global citizens. This book offers hundreds of easy-to-use ideas for:
• Drumming up excitement for the journey ahead
• Teaching your kids to pack themselves
• Having fun at the airport and on the plane
• Easing jetlag and schedule changes
• Involving everyone in setting itineraries and expectations
• Making museums and tourist stops engaging for everyone
• Enriching your travel experience through journaling
• Keeping the joy of the journey alive long after your return
• Discovering cultural education in your own back yard

This book is intended for well-seasoned travelers and newbies alike who enjoy being with their children, want to enrich their education, and are excited to discover, as a family, the vast and unique experiences this world has to offer.

Editorial Reviews


** Winner of a 2013 NAPPA Family Faves Award for Best Parenting Tools **

"Point-by-point advice along with reproducible checklists and activity sheets enrich this "must-have" reference and resource for family vacations!" - MidWest Book Review

"A family travel Bible, of sorts .... Over the course of about 190 pages, the book takes a comprehensive look at every aspect of family travel..." - Matt Villano,

"does a good job of answering any questions you might have and answering a whole lot of others you should have had. It's a thorough, well-organized book that leaves no travel stone unturned." Tim Leffel's

"Parents who travel a lot are always on the lookout for great advice on travelling with their children.  And nowhere is this information bundled together so well as in Ashley Steel's and Bill Richards's new book." - The European Mama

"It's not only a guide to family travel - it's a complete guide to being an interesting, engaged, and intercultural family." -

From the Back Cover

"By far the most useful guide we've found...easy to read, practical, and funny.  It'll be our essential tool for maintaining the spirit of fun and learning during our year abroad."- Sam Goodner, Founder and CEO Catapult Systems, Inc., Austin Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1527 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Rumble Books (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of great tips November 17, 2012
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All I can say is that I wish I had this book 10 years ago. I've got two kids, and we have traveled a fair bit with them, but it is always a challenge to keep them engaged and interested. This book covers guidelines and helpful tips for travelling with kids from the early stages of planning a trip to packing to airports to the plane to the trip itself. It doesn't tell you where you should go to appease the kids, it helps your kids enjoy the sites that the adults want to go to, including museums, cultural and historical sites. Every chapter is full of great suggestions - some of the sidebars are really helpful: "Fourteen Quiet Activities for the Plane" or "A Dozen Games While You are Waiting" (for food, or a bus, etc). There is so much to be gained from travelling with your kids and this book helps to prove that it doesn;t need to be so scary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Family Travel Resource & Inspiration November 12, 2012
As a longtime family traveler - and travel writer - I've seen much written about the ins and outs of family travel. However, I've not read such an inspirational book as this one. From helpful tips to detailed packing lists to journaling ideas to ways to make travel easier and more fun, The Art of Traveling with Kids is pure genius. Whether your kids are teens or babies, and whether you've had decades of experience with family travel, or are just starting out, you'll find many gems in this book. I sat down and devoured it in a few hours, and have too-many-to-count post-its sticking out for pages I want to reference again and again. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book! May 24, 2013
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What a terrific resource for parents planning adventurous travel with young children! Full of great tips, packing list, fun destinations and endless ideas for making the best of family trips. My favorite part was all of the suggestions for journals and ways to preserve children's memories after the trip is over. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family travel companion! December 20, 2012
By Megan
Excellent tool for planning, preparing, and executing trips with the family. Tips and tricks for every possible scenario. Includes tons of ways to keep kids happy and engaged, plus a fantastic list of ideas for the ultimate travel journal (much more that stuffing ticket stubs into a book). I highly recommend for any family--particularly families with young children. Very easy to read; well laid out; useful lists; perfect reference guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips! November 20, 2012
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I consider our family (including a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy) well-travelled. We are about to become even more! I ordered the book from France because I had become addict to the authors' blog since I succeeded having my kids walk around Roma (Italy) 4 to 6 hours a day by just following their advice. Get prepared! Involve the whole family in planning the trip! We are currently preparing a trip to China and will definitely use the tips and packing lists from the book.

Not so many families are willing to travel with kids, as it does take a lot of energy. However, Bill & Ashley make it sound fun, adventurous and easy! And more importantly, through their advice, do allow to make it a fun adventure for each of their readers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for upcoming trip November 19, 2012
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Our family is going on a year-long trip, and though we're excited, we've also been nervous about how to ensure that it becomes the trip of a lifetime that we're hoping for. This book is going to be our guideline for keeping it fun for the kids, which will inevitably make it more fun for us as parents. We're purposely waiting until our kids are old enough to appreciate what they're getting to see and experience, and the book helps by sorting suggestions by the child's age. There are so many great ideas, some of which are already family favorites to do at the dinner table, when out to eat, when traveling by car, etc. Thanks to "The Art of Traveling with Kids," I'm MUCH more confident now about our plans, and our anticipation grows daily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! February 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished this book- what a great treasure chest of ideas for anyone who is planning to travel with kids! I absolutely love the practical tools like the museum activity sheets, the budget spreadsheet, the travel journal ideas, the ideas for special gear. We have 4 children, ages 6-9 and we travel frequently, domestic and abroad, and I can honestly say I learned so many new tips with this guide. Whether it is your first local road trip or you're a seasoned traveler taking your kiddos abroad, you will really appreciate the tips in Family on the Loose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all parents planning to travel May 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book follows exactly my train of thought in how kids should be involved in travelling - exploring the world is such a great way to enhance their knowledge, experience, development, pretty much everything, and the suggestions in this book are excellent ways to do so. I particularly liked the attention paid to pre-trip planning and getting kids involved and excited early on, rather than just taking off on a plane with them without much discussion or planning. Even better, I was pleased that the final section of the book had plenty of good ideas for how to keep the trip alive in their memories after the inevitable return to daily life back home.

Very well worth a read for any parent who wants their child to get the most out of travel - a real gift you can give your kids!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all parents travelling with their children!
Ashley's book is so helpful and gives great tips for travelling with children. I especially love the last part- about making memories last and bringing some of the journey into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Olga Mecking
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for traveling abroad or getting creative around town!
WOW! WOW! WOW! This book is packed with practical information for parents traveling abroad, or families who are making a day trip out of the cultural areas within their... Read more
Published 23 months ago by AZ School Psych
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for new ideas
We have travelled a lot with our kids, but thought this might have some new ideas. It has tons! As a seasoned traveller I skimmed over some of the more basic sections, although... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nicolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for travelers with kids!
Do you want to travel internationally with your children? Family on the Loose will ease your worries and concerns and give you tons of useful and helpful information. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Murrell
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
This book is full of practical advice that can be used to plan a family vacation, during the vacation, and even after returning home. Read more
Published 24 months ago by emanioti
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational!
This outstanding new travel book is brilliantly conceived and wonderfully written. It is a joyful (and quite amusing) romp through the museums and cafes of our astonishing... Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by B Kumnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Resource for Families with Kids of All Ages!
We love traveling with our kids, who are currently 9 & 10 years old. We are planning long term travel, international travel and will also begin homeschooling our kids soon. Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by FiteInertia
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to this book.
My family got to know the Steels/Richards in Vienna - they know how to do it! We had lots of fun hanging out! Can't wait to read their book.
Published on December 28, 2012 by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding travel book--with or without children!
I haven't had small children for a long time, but I do have young grandchildren. I love to travel. Many grandparents enjoy traveling with their grandchildren, because there is... Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by Margaret
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