- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906098034
- ISBN-13: 978-1906098032
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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Travel with Kids: The Definitive Guide to Family Holidays Worldwide Paperback – January 1, 2008
About the Author
William Gray is a 37 year-old, award-winning travel writer, TV presenter and father of twins. Last year, he was invited by the BBC to present family travel pieces for the 2006 series of its flagship Holiday programme (attracting over five million viewers). William is also the family travel columnist for Wanderlust magazine and regularly contributes travel features to The Sunday Times and numerous other national and international publications.
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On a side note, it is curious how many places are simply excluded from the book, presumably because they are not as interesting to children. But isn't the purpose of the book to help parents travel with children to places where child-focused activities are more elusive? For example, there is nothing about the American Midwest -- never mind Chicago with its Sears Tower and world-famous aquarium and science museum. While several countries (such as France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey) get detailed chapters to themselves, many countries, such as Japan and Russia, are altogether excluded.
To make matters worse, there are blindingly obvious mistakes throughout the book, but even in the opening top 10 lists. I don't know whether this is bad editing or if the author simply browsed a few websites and slapped together some lists.
Examples: pg. 22-23 list the Explora en Atacama hotel as a top 10 for pampering parents. Sure, I have to agree, it looks great and is located in the driest desert on earth, a harsh yet exciting environment. But the picture on page 23 shows a photo of the Explora en Patagonia, more than 3100km away in sub-Antarctic Chile. If I booked based on the photos I would be pretty bummed out when I turned up in a desert and not in the glorious mountains I expected.
Another example is found on the Switzerland page, where a top ten recommendation is to meet Peter the Goatherd in Savognin, a link to the Savognin Tourism website is included. There is no information on this excursion to be found on the website. Perhaps because the Peter and Heidi stories are based well north of here.
ADDED NOTE: When information about excursions such as this are given, a direct link to a permanent URL where the actual excursion information is provided would be much more helpful. Merely giving a website address (to the home page) and leaving the reader to search for the content can lead to disappointment.
Again, it just gives off the impression that the rest of the book is littered with the same sort of low-quality research.
As I said, it is pretty and will still make a nice coffee-table item to keep visitors amused. But I will not be relying on the content of this book to inspire my next holiday. A quick search online will yield a lot more, fresher information.