100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

100 Tips Cover 150dpi100 Tips Back 150dpiOur 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!).

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Book reviews!!

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 »

100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe – Out Soon!!

100 Tips Cover for social media fullOur 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, SetGo!  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 »

100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

What’s your best family travel tip?  What saved your last trip?  What makes your kids really have a good time on a family vacation?  What awesome kid-centric European destinations have you been to?  What fun kid-friendly European activities have you discovered?

Zand L at Hogwarts

OK, OK, OK – we’re adding a destination to our new book.  Everybody wants a travel destination with their travel tips so we’re going European this time – art museums, mountains, cultural icons, rural villages, bread and cheese, many languages, castles, history, beaches, music, famous rivers, East meets West, and more politics.

Share your suggestions for a great, educational, and fun European adventure with kids in the comments below! We’ll try to include it in our new book “100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe.”  If we do, we’ll include your first name and location so please tell us that information with your tip.  You can also click “Read more” for a nifty giveaway!

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Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids

fotlcover-200x300Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids by Bill Richards and E. Ashley Steel will inspire laughter, learning and endless adventure with your family.

Pack your bags, hop a plane, and take a trip! Embarking on a journey with your kids can be a thrilling and rewarding adventure.  Family travel is also a great way to expand your cultural horizons and help cultivate our next generation of global citizens.

Great reviews of this book are everywhere.  Go ahead and Look Inside!

This new title from Rumble Books is intended for well-seasoned travelers and newbies alike who enjoy being with their children, want to enrich their education, and are excited to discover, as a family, the vast and unique experiences this world has to offer.

Our book offers hundreds of easy-to-use ideas for:

  • Drumming up excitement for the journey ahead
  • Teaching your kids to pack themselves
  • Having fun at the airport and on the plane
  • Easing jetlag and schedule changes
  • Involving everyone in setting itineraries and expectations
  • Making museums and tourist stops engaging for everyone
  • Enriching your travel experience through journaling
  • Keeping the joy of the journey alive long after your return
  • Discovering cultural education in your own back yard

Enjoy an excerpt on ideas for keeping kids happy, active, and engaged at the airport!

Book Reviews and Interviews

Parents who travel a lot are always on the lookout for great advice on travelling with their children. And nowhere is this information bundled together so well as in Ashley Steel’s and Bill Richard’s new book. “Family on the Loose” is packed with advice and information on how to make travelling with children more pleasant.” – The European Mama

Point-by-point advice along with reproducible checklists and activity sheets enrich this “must-have” reference and resource for family vacations!” – MidWest Book Reviews

… aims to help families cultivate the next generation of global citizens through travel, is packed with practical and fun tips for surviving and thriving with kids on the road. ” – ParentMap.com

After reading Family on the Loose, I have a renewed confidence that we will be able to travel again as a family. What I love about the Family on the Loose book: practical, informative, straightforward, comprehensive, and thorough; easy to read, as if you’re having a conversation with your friend about traveling … – KidYogaStories.com

I have to say, if you are planning your first big vacation with kids — especially your first overseas — this book is a must-read. It is extremely easy to read (I breezed through it in one evening), yet packed with good advice, helpful lists, fun game ideas, and copyable worksheets. – FamilyVacationPlanning.net

For older children, there are some great ideas and templates for creating fun activities related to museums or cities or other parts of a trip – I’m sure in the future I’ll use the scavenger hunt ideas and probably have fun doing it too. ” – Not A ballerina

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About the Authors

2012-12-26_11-37-00_958 - CopyBetween them, Bill Richards and Ashley Steel have visited over 40 countries.  They 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, and The Netherlands.  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. Read more »

More about Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids

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Travel Book Club

travel-book-clubOur book is being read by the Multicultural Kid Blogs Bookclub this Spring and we’re having fun hearing all the reactions and new ideas from readers.  Join the conversation at any of these great blogs or on the Google+ Discussion Board and watch for new posts on the other chapters.  So far what I’ve learned is that we are NOT the only family to bribe their kids, repeatedly, with afternoon ice cream.  Some things really are universal!

And check out all the cool stories at the link-up on the bottom of the bookclub page, where you can link up your own travel story or travel tips post.  Thanks multicultural kid bloggers for a fantastic literary adventure.  No authors could ask for more!