One way to foster the love of travel for children is to a). travel (ha, of course!) and b). purchase engaging books for children to read about traveling. Lonely Planet has been our go-to when we are on the move for quite awhile. All of our trips to Europe have included a LP travel guide because they're super helpful, and spot-on with their suggestions for food, accommodations, sites to see, and more. I know many of you have heard of them as well, but did you know they have a line of books for children in this area as well? I did, but not to what extent, until now...
If you peruse the 'kids' section of their website, you'll find a ton of travel books available for children, and they have them organized in easy-to-find methods/ways as well. These fold-out poster books have to be my favorite. They allow you and your child/ren to track places you have been, or note where you would like to go. There are over 180 stickers in them, to place where you would like, and the map is just huge (which adds to the fun factor). Imagine the awesome wish list you and your kids could create together in these books!
There are interesting facts sprinkled all throughout these books too, such as this page that gives you mountain heights in popular travel destinations.
We're going to take some time and fill in the places we've been. We'll add to it as we go... and though we're traveling domestic these days, we do still have some work to do in both of the books (Europe and North America). I think these books will make fun keepsakes for the kids too!! It's something I know they'll like to look back on later when they are grown and say, "I remember doing that book!"
A variety of stickers are included, including those with a blank space to write your own messages.
Another fun book they have to entice your children to want to learn more about travel is this Lonely Planet, 'Around the World in 50 Ways!'
Of course I was excited to see Honolulu in there. This is another destination my daughter has on her bucket list, and so it is also on mine.
I do have to admit, I'd love to go to a luau and try to Hula. Maybe that's a dance even I could do, with my non-rhythmic self. Surely my daughter, who is all about the smooth moves would do well.
For me, a European Cruise would be a dream come true!! I'd love to take one with the kids. What a wonderful way that would be to spend part of the summer!
If you're going to the ever-popular family destination of Italy, picking up a copy of this Lonely Planet, "First Words in Italian" is fun and useful for the littles in the family. It helps them understand a bit of what is being said, if they don't speak Italian, and it helps them communicate as well.
The most important thing for them to learn is in the photo above... no further explanation necessary. ;)
You want them to be able to greet other as well. It's an easy way to help them feel more immersed in the culture.
If they're sending postcards home, learning to say 'postcard' and 'stamp' will be useful. I know most gift shops sell both. They could even send postcards home to themselves, which is a fun and economical way to get them 'involved' as they travel (plus it's a fun momento to receive once they get back home...and they may even beat their postcard home). :)
My youngest would want to know how to say 'sandwich.' He's not overly adventurous with his food choices (yet!), so he'd want to know this, 'ice cream' (as noted earlier), and perhaps water with no bubbles, hahaha, as he isn't a fan of carbonated water. ;)
This picture makes me smile because that's my face leaving Italy. No matter how long you get to visit, saying 'arriverderci' always comes too soon.