I’m proud to be part of a global group of bloggers who are coming together this month to write about the A to Z’s of raising bilingual children. For a list of all the great posts, visit the home page for this fun project. Of course, we chose “E” for “Explore the World”.
Our kids have been lucky to enjoy a Spanish immersion program through our local public schools so we had lots of support from family and teachers. The support was desperately needed because neither my husband nor I actually speak Spanish. We wish were bilingual but we’re not. Bilingualism was a gift we wanted to give our children, but not something that came easily.
Because she could speak Spanish, a roadside caballero offered her his horse!!
The first reason to explore the world is motivation. Our first challenge in helping our Read more
Our second book is out! The fastest way to get yours is to grab a copy on Amazon here. You can also contact us directly (Ashley [at] RumbleBooks.com) and we’ll send you one directly.
Our first book, “Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids” focused on how to travel anywhere with kids. “100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe” retains the spirit of educational adventure but focuses on Europe and has lots of destination-specific ideas.
Our tips are organized into three sections. The first, “Ready, Set…,” will help you prepare for your trip. It provides ideas for involving the kids in planning, packing, and setting an itinerary. Where should we go? What should we bring? And, what should the kids do to get ready? The second section, “Go!,” is all about the trip itself—from the plane ride to the hotel room to daily adventures. In addition to safety tips and logistics, you’ll find scores of ideas for places to go and things to do. Is Europe a good place for volcanoes? Actually, yes! How many kinds of boat trips can you pack into a three-week vacation? A lot! Can you bring a toddler to a museum? Absolutely! While we can’t list all of the tourist activities across this exciting continent, we sow the seeds for what your trip can really be. Don’t settle for just the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and Big Ben. Explore Europe! Dance to street musicians, learn about politics, eat seven kinds of waffles, go punting, and see fairy tale scenery (literally!).
“The breadth of information here is incredible … it will change your travels – and the way your family travels together. Add to it the inspiring tips for specific European places and activities, and this is one book you will use so much you’ll crease the corners, have pens and post-its on certain pages, and crack the spine (I did!). Highly recommended.” – Jessie Voigts, Curator and Publisher for WanderingEducators.com Read more
Hooray for Coco Mango!
Coming back from Guna Yala we were dropped off at the airport in Panama City for a cross-country flight to David. David is the biggest city in western Panama and the gateway to the highlands around Volcan Baru, the tallest mountain in the country at just over 11,000 feet in elevation. Because we were all in need of a night of air-conditioning and a comfy bed, we opted for a room at the new business hotel near the David airport where we got a great deal on a family room with breakfast. Our birding guide had suggested that if we wanted a more Panamanian experience, we should go to the foothill town of Volcan on the western side of the volcano instead of the American expat haven of Boquete on the eastern side. We headed out in the morning!
Too much to do in Guna Yala!
The first day after school got out I found myself driving north with my family toward Panama. Living outside Seattle, this has more to do with funky airline ticket pricing than a bad sense of direction. My wife had found flights out of Vancouver cheap enough to warrant the drive and the cost of parking the car for a couple of weeks. So our trip to Central America started with a short trip to Tim Hortons. Read more
Our new book will be available within weeks! Look for updates and links to review articles at this post. Thanks to everyone who has supported the project along the way.
“An extensive collection of practical tips. This book will help both new and experienced travelers make their family journey overseas unforgettable” – Kirsten Maxwell, Founder and Publisher, www.kidsareatrip.com
“Essential and incredibly useful guide…inspired ideas on helping kids engage with the magic of Europe” – Elisa Murray, Out & About Editor, ParentMap Magazine
Ready, Set…Go! Jam-packed with tips and ideas, this book will help you with every step of planning and enjoying a European family vacation: designing a kid-friendly itinerary, booking fun and interesting lodging, choosing the best ways to get around, packing light, saving money, enjoying the airplane ride, staying safe, and immersing yourself and your family in the many cultures of Europe.
From the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Spain to the Hay Festival in Wales; from Eyjafjallajokull to the Jungfraujoch; from musical street buskers to the Mona Lisa; and from cricket to Calcio Read more
As a part of their on-line summit on Raising Global Citizens
, Multicultural Kids Blog invited me to share my thoughts on how traveling with kids can cultivate multiculturalism. Being a true global citizen involves more than simply respecting and knowing about other cultures; it requires skills, experiences, and attitudes that help a person engage with and cherish as wide a variety of cultures as they are lucky enough to encounter. Traveling with your kids can help them gain these skills, experiences, and attitudes.
I recently had the opportunity to read a new book about Vietnam. Part travel guide and part love letter, “Vietnam: 100 Unusual Travel Tips and a Guide to Living and Working There” is an eclectic combination of travel tips, culinary insights, and cultural information. It is peppered with so many glorious photos that every reader is transported, just a little bit, to bustling cities and lush rice fields as they learn and discover the real Vietnam.
“This is a book that attempts the nearly impossible – explaining Vietnam to an outsider. The country is a fascinating mix of old and new, urban and rural, Communism and capitalism, with wafts of Chinese and French influence.”
Stunning and delicious, Boston’s North End is a family-travel paradise. Wander Hanover Street to enjoy Italian sweets such as canolies, anise cookies, and luscious gelato. Find gourmet coffee, fresh-spices, and imported delicacies down busy, narrow side-streets. It’s simply fun to walk around Read more