Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lonely Planet Kids: Inspire a Love of Travel!

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



One thing that definitely makes a trip better is when you have a book that helps you specifically navigate the city you are in, and no one does those types of books better than Lonely Planet. I can't think of one big trip we've taken (overseas) where we didn't have one of their guides with us, BUT did you know they have kids' versions of travel books as well? Check out the Lonely Planet Kids website to see the huge array of books they have available to inspire of love of travel in your kids, and keep reading to see the ones I selected for both me (from the traditional Lonely Planet selections) and my son (from Lonely Planet Kids).


My youngest has a fixation with London and New York City. Lonely Planet has City Trails books for each of those wonderful cities (and many other city choices as well)! Though they are a bit different than the adult travel guides (as well they should be!) they are still chock full of information on where you might want to go, what you might want to see, etc. They also have a lot of fun facts and great background knowledge of the cities, an inside look, if you will, with a unique spin to help engage children's interest.


We're hoping to get to NYC before the year is over, and I can already imagine us both tootling along the streets with our Lonely Planet guides in hand, telling each other what we find. I've tried winging trips, without a guide book, but that rarely works out as well. I've also admittedly taken a guide book and not used it (what?!) for restaurants, until a pattern began to form of me getting average meals (in Italy, of all places). Once I wised up and switched to the book, my meals became those that tourists dream of finding. Thank you, Lonely Planet!


I really like that the adult books have a physical map of the city you are visiting, tucked in the back of them. I'm one of those people who likes a map for a keepsake when the trip is over, but who will actually use it while I'm visiting (or on my way to the destination) as well. I like physically seeing on the paper, where I am, and at what proximity we are to the areas where we want to visit.


The books for you and I showcase both popular and wonderful places to go, which are not always the same thing. You can have popular not be wonderful, and lesser known be amazing! It's nice to have the research done for you by a trusted source.


The books for us (and by us I mean grown ups) cover places to eat, accommodations, things to do, etc. Each of these things is also listed at the end of the book under category, so that if you're looking for something specific, you don't have to thumb through the entire book to find your answers. They are very thorough, which I appreciate.  In fact, they have enriched my previous travel experiences tremendously, so I'm excited that we're going to get to use this NYC book. I've never used one domestically, and in a big city like New York, having a guide is going to be amazing!! I have been to the Big Apple before, but my youngest hasn't. I'm going to fully utilize this travel book to find the best things to do that I know he will enjoy.


The children's books are not as in-depth about guiding us through the cities (because hey, that's mom and/or dad's job), but they do offer a lot of insight to things within the city. Going through these books with your children before the trip will add an element of excitement that will be hard to match, plus the kids are going to go into these trips more equipped with a city's knowledge. No longer will it be just a 'cool place to visit,' but indeed, the visits will be more meaningful for them! 


Of course that's not to say I won't learning from these books too! I love that the pages have information in small, easily-digestible bites for the kiddos, and they are covered with lovely visuals as well.


These are also written in a way that will entice your children to be engaged. Take the above photo, for instance. What child isn't going to be drawn to a bright and colorful picture talking about the 'world's worst stink?'


This boy right here is excited to have City Trails books for the two cities he wants to visit most: New York and London. He's engrossed in reading them, and happy to share what he's learning with me as he goes. "Hey mom, did you know..." It's satisfying to watch him soaking up the knowledge, and I'm not going to lie, it's also awesome to see him developing such a strong love for travel.


The size of the books for kids is a little larger than the adult versions (which are intentionally compact to make them easy to carry with you while you are on your adventures). That makes them easier for smaller hands to hold.


Here is the official description for Lonely Planet Kids "New York City Trails" book:

Here's a book about New York that's seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through New York you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to New York, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover New York’s best‐kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this‐‐New Yorkers are sure to learn new things about their very own city too!

Find out what's lurking in the pumpkin garden, why you might find cows underground, how eating hotdogs could make you rich and lots more!

Suitable for children ages 8-12.




and here is the official description for the Lonely Planet Kids "London City Trails" book:

Here's a book about London that's seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through London that you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to London, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover London’s best‐kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this‐‐Londoners are sure to learn new things about their very own city too!

Find out how an old parrot hit the headlines, where you can purchase a tin of panic or some tasty brain jam, what the weirdest item ever left on a bus was and lots more!

Suitable for children ages 8-12.
As is typical with anything made and sold by Lonely Planet, these City Trails books are very well written, and absolutely incredible (as are all of the books we've purchased from the traditional Lonely Planet travel selections). There are more cities available in the City Trails series. Visit Lonely Planet Kids to learn more! You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

42 comments:

Cristina Pop said...

What a good idea! I looks lovely!

Stacie said...

These books are so great! One of my favorite things about traveling with kids is the opportunity to educate them about the world around them. These books take that and make it even better.

Masshole Mommy said...

Ohhh I wish we had the New York one when we were there with the kids this past April. I will have to get it before our next trip down there!!

Melissa said...

Those look great! I have never wanted to travel, but I love reading about others adventures.

Amala Smith said...

Next time I travel I will have to look into these books, they seem very informative, and I know I am always look for something to do once I get there.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Travel books for kids is a brilliant idea!

Melissa said...

This is so cool! We're avid travelers, so I think my boys would absolutely swoon over informative reads like these. Plus, Lonely Planet!!! Does it get any better?!

Bill Sweeney said...

Taking books while you travel is a good investment. These looks like the perfect books to invest in!

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

What a great item to put into your child's travel bag. It would help pass the time on a road trip and give them another option to keep them busy.

AiringMyLaundry said...

What cool books! I think my kids would enjoy reading these. They love to travel and we all hope to go to London one day.

Pat Hatt said...

That is a great idea indeed. NY is sure a fun spot. Hopefully the books also teach them that traveling costs lots of $$$$ so they better get a good job in the future if they want to do it haha

Binky said...

A good idea to give kids their own perspective on things when travelling.

Passion Piece said...

Lonely planet has really great guides, however I haven't realised before that they've got also something for kids on offer. Hope the kiddos will enjoy their guides! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - these look great and if you're going to satisfy your youngest's wishes re a visit to NYC - what a great way for him to get to know the area a little before he goes and to select a few sights he really wants to see. Clever Lonely Planet ... well now: enjoy that planning ... cheers Hilary

Natalie Loves Beauty said...

That is so neat they make both kid and adult versions of these travel guides! Definitely something I would purchase!

Pam said...

I had no idea that LonelyPlanet had these guides for kids. Perfect for kids who want to travel the world someday.

Katrina Gehman said...

that's awesome. my youngest would love this as she's obsessed with what states we have been to and where we are going next.

Jen said...

This is really cool!!!

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

These are awesome suggestions! Kids will surely get inspired by these!

Joanna Davis said...

I always use Lonely Planet when I travel. However, I didn't know that they were making books for kids these days. That's great, as they inspire children to travel.

Hannah Marie said...

These books look entertaining and recreational. I would love to buy each one for my son as he is fond of reading trivia.

Becca Wilson said...

These would be so fun for kids! I am always up for inspiring travel.

Emma Riley said...

It looks like a nice book to put in your kids bag that will help them ease their boredom during long travels or road trip.

Susan Kane said...

I wish these had been around when our "kids" were young. What a great idea!

My Teen Guide said...

These are great books to inspire a child to love traveling. My dream is for my kids to be able to "spread their wings" and learn as much as they can from traveling to places they dream of.

The Super Mom Life said...

This looks so interesting. My kids love to learn about new places and love travel. I bet they would really enjoy this.

Silvia said...

This is great, one of my kids is very interesting in traveling and these books are just perfect for him.

Maysz Adrias said...

This books looks fun and great for kids I love travel <3

Unknown said...

I love to travel and i hope my girl will love too because I want to bring her with me everywhere i go ! ahah Thanks for sharing this !

alissa apel said...

Those look fun! I could see both of my kids liking them. Mica picks up any book, and even junk mail to read. There are far off places I'd love to go to, but I always see it as a dream, not reality. Kind of bad I think that way.

Terri Beavers said...

My grandkids love books like this and I like to inspire them to read so I buy a lot of books. They also love to travel, and NY is one of the places my grandson talks about often. He really wants to go there one day.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think Allison might enjoy these books. She doesn't care about in depth traveling information at this point, but she does like to know a little about the places we are going to visit. We haven't done New York yet, but if we decide to stay in the country next year, it will probably be our #1 pick.

David Elliott - The Single Dad's Guide to Life said...

These look like such fun an inviting kids travel materials. I should get some of these for my daughter as it will inspire a love of going out there and checking out the unknown.

Lavanda Michelle said...

This is such a great post. I will definitely check these out for my children next time we travel. Thanks for sharing!

KittysLife said...

Such an inspiring post for kids especially when we are traveling with them..... I am definitely gonna get some of these for my girl 😊👍🏼

Monidipa Dutta said...

Though I am yet not a mummy but these really seem wonderful. Good things to enjoy with kids.

Monidipa Dutta said...

This is such a great post. So perfect for kids. They will love it..

1st Class RV Adventures said...

Wow these look soooo awesome! My kids would love this specially with all of our travels!

Emily said...

I used to love reading atlases when I was younger! These are great!

stevebethere said...

Great books I am sure he would like London I have lived in central London all my life so I am not being bias (cough cough) LOL

Have a readtastic week :-)

Ai Sakura said...

Lil Pumpkin loves these Lonely Planet books for kids.. makes traveling and exploring a new place so much more fun!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Lynnette Marte said...

great way to learn about a new city