Whipping us around the globe – from Britain to Eastern Europe, Africa to Latin America, Asia to North America – and delivering an astonishing range of family travel advice that must have had not only the author, but the publisher, regularly query… “are we there yet?”, this is the definitive family travel guide book.
Not only is it comprehensive in the quantity of information offered, but also the calibre! There are literally thousands of tiny details that will make any parent’s life easier when visiting a destination included in this book!
Broken into regional ‘chapters’, each chapter proffers an introduction with a map showing the highlights of the region, along with a star rating for things like Wow and Worry factors; followed by Kids’ Stuff covering local details – how to play an local African board game, how to yodel like a local, or how to cook a tagine, for example; and a Tots to Teens guide that helps you quickly identify whether the region is appropriate for your own family’s age and stage.
The remainder of each chapter is dedicated to specific destinations that are great for family holidays within that region, offering both an overview as well as Inside Info followed by a Grown-ups Stuff overview (health and safety, getting there and around etc), as well as a list of Family Favourite hotels and resorts to consider in the area.
Opening the book is the brilliant Essentials chapter delivering a host of practical advice and suggestions for ‘the magic formula’ of family travel, as well as a run of checklists: how to plan your trip, how to get there, what to take, where to stay, how to stay healthy, as well as operators that may be able to help you if the planning all gets a bit much
This is a meaty travel tome with a huge array of brilliant information that will have you ready to take on the world en famille. Really, we can’t say it better than the author himself who writes: “Family holidays allow you to take stock of life and appreciate what’s really important. So seize them. Travel with your kids. Do it this year and every year you can.”
What We Love All those magically informative box outs… from Go Green information, Kids’ Top 10’s and 3 of the Best’s to Special Needs, Single Parents and Taste of… They might be bite-sized, but every one of them is packed with great information.
A Taster With an enticing blend of palm-fringed beaches, rich wildlife and ancient monuments, Sri Lanka is a great family destination – particularly for those with school-age children who might appreciate the island’s cultural and natural highlights more than toddlers. Split your time between exploring the Cultural Triangle, visiting a national park and relaxing on the coast. Sri Lanka has a peaceful, laid-back atmosphere, and foreigners – particularly children – are made very welcome.
Author Notes William Gray is one of the UK’s leading travel writers and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times Travel and Wanderlust magazines. He was voted Travel Writer of the Year in 2002 and won both Travel Photographer of the Year and runner-up Travel Writer of the Year at the 2009 British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards. The father of twins, Gray has travelled around the world with his family and is truly an expert in the field of family travel!