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. ” –

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 … –

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. –

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!


Just posted – a gracious e-interview on!


Great review on and travel junkie tell-tale signs

The most recent review of our book, “Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids” is on by Matt Villano.  His label under the image of our cover? “Family travel Bible, of sorts.”  Please let us know if you’re interested in a promotional review copy.

Take the leap!I also adore some of Matt’s other posts.  For example, “You know you’re a family travel junkie when …“.  After reading it, I was inspired to add a few ideas such as:

  • You mindlessly surf the Kayak app on your phone while waiting in line at the grocery store.
  • The idea of a stay-cation makes you a little anxious.
  • Your friends really don’t want to hear about your trips nor be given unsolicited advice for their upcoming trips (I just can’t help myself) nor, in our case, do they want to hear the dreaded word “book” even one more time.
  • Your kids get through the security line faster and more efficiently than the business man with the briefcase looking at them nervously.
  • You have a box in the closet full of small plane gifts, electrical outlet converters, bits of foreign currency, and packing cubes to organize your luggage.
  • And, once, at a professional meeting, I pulled a tiny sock from in between my ‘important papers’. Teaching your kids to pack themselves take patience. Read more »

Really “Look Inside”!

We haven’t been too impressed with Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.  All they display is the Table of Contents, Section One page header, About the Author … none of the really good stuff!  Here is a real look inside our bookFamily on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids.” Read more »