Not for parents

4 Dec

Something we struggled with before we went away was finding child friendly information about the places we were planning to visit.  We have atlases, but they don’t really tell you much about what a place is like and we have a book about travelling with children, but it covers a very small number of countries.  Oh how I wish Lonely Planet had been a bit speedier about bringing out their new series of books, which are aimed squarely at children.

Although we are planted firmly in Southwest London for the foreseeable, the nice people at Lonely Planet have sent us some review copies.  There are two kinds of book, city guides – we have London and Rome, and a bumper book of facts about every country on the planet (possibly).

The Not for Parents Travel Book covers a country per page and includes the usual currency and population type facts and figures alongside more child friendly information.  This includes, but is no way limited to, what the Queen ate when she visited Belize (rat), the world’s loudest animal (Tiger Pistol Shrimp) and where in the world it’s illegal to leave the house without wearing pants (Thailand).  It covers pretty much anywhere you are likely to go and plenty of places you aren’t, and has been pored over for many an hour.

The city guides are not at all like adult travel guides, and are much the better for it.  Each page looks at either an attraction, an aspect of the city’s culture or its history, tells you all sorts of things that are interesting to children and suggests activities relating to the topic.  In the London guide for instance, you can find out how to look like a punk, make jellied eels and avoid catching the plague.  All useful information, I’m sure you’ll agree.  The guides not at all dumbed down and are actually rather fascinating for adults too.  And instead of wasting space on opening times and prices, there’s simply a link to the relevant website.  There aren’t many cities included yet, but I’m assuming if they’re a success they’ll publish more.

We like.


3 Responses to “Not for parents”

  1. Expat Mammy 04/12/2011 at 8:08 pm #

    really great post thanks for the tips

  2. 21st century mummy 05/12/2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Good travelling with kids books or sites are very scarce. Would be interesting to see what they are like.

  3. The Undercover Granny 23/12/2011 at 10:23 am #

    The books sound fantastic. Perfect for any parent planning a trip. I suppose all those facts are brilliant for teaching children about other places too.

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