We’ve enjoyed a day in Japan, an overnight trip to China, and an Austrian feast … all without leaving home. But, there is a whole continent that I haven’t explored with my kids at all – either in reality or in spirit. Sadly, I don’t see a plane ticket, a safari, and three weeks off of work in my future. So, this winter break, we’re trying to find Africa in our own backyard. We’re searching for movies, music, and local expeditions that can help us learn about, connect to, and get excited about Africa. According to “If the World were a Village” by David Smith, 14% of the world’s population lives in Africa. It’s amazing how little we know.
- Globetrotting the Northwest: Fall Cross-cultural Excursions – in print and on ParentMap.com
- Our Top 10 Things to Bring on a Trip with Kids at WanderingEducators.com
- Visiting India the Virtual Way on MulticuturalKidBlogs
- Our story via e-interview with the whole family
- Postcard from Rattlesnake Lake on Wandering Educators
- 10 Travel Tips for Moms
- Skiing in Austria with the Family. What's different than in the US? Our experiences and tips for family ski fun at wesaidgotravel.com
- Cross-cultural Staycations
- See your own city through the eyes of a tourist
- World's Cheapest Travel Destinations – A Book Review
- Our recent ideas for making travel journaling fun at Uncommonchildhood.com. Math, poetry, and more
- Making ice cream educational in Boston's North End – Gelato and science
- Postcard from Leavenworth on Wandering Educators
- Local Seattle Getaways on Technorati
- Where does the wind blow through the willows? Hot cocoa, long walks, and more
Bill Richards and Ashley Steel are the authors of "Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids", from Rumble Books. The book is packed with bulleted lists of travel tips, fill-in pages for packing and journaling, ideas for inflight entertainment, strategies for browsing museums with kids, and much more. It is unlike other family travel books in that it is not about where to go. "Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids" details how to make any family trip smarter and more fun!
The book has received terrific reviews on travel blogs, parenting blogs, Amazon and GoodReads. Book description, preview pages, review quotations, and links to full reviews are available on the book page of this site.
Bill and Ashley have two wonderful and well-traveled daughters. As a family, they’ve visited or lived in the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Slovakia, England, Hungary, Slovenia, Denmark, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic. They've traveled by discount airline, overnight train, crowded bus, rental car, and camper van. They’ve slept in fancy hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, with friends or family, and in rented apartments. They have all carried backpacks, squeezed into one family backpack, rolled suitcases, and even traveled without so much as a toothbrush.
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