We held a little contest to solicit feedback from readers. What tips or ideas from our book did you use and how did it work? We out together a fun family travel goody bag for each winner and shipped it off last week. I anticipate that our goodie bags will be arriving at the winner’s homes soon so I had better announce the winners! Our first winner is Camille in Belgium who sent in a super comment about using our packing lists. She said that the packing lists worked well but reminded readers to remind their kids to pack clean clothes rather than dirty ones. Ha ha! The second winner is Nicolle in Norway who followed up with a whole guest post about Making Memories Stick! Thanks Camille and Nicolle! I hope your kids enjoy all the wrapped plane presents, the travel journal, and the custom, limited-edition Family on the Loose travel bag 🙂
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We started taking the kids on international trips when our daughter was only two and a half, and it doesn’t surprise me that now, 8 years later, she doesn’t remember much about that trip. What did surprise me was how fast the memories can slip away, even for older children. Along with all the other fabulous tips and tricks in Ashley and Bill’s book, I really enjoyed the suggestions for how to keep the travel experience alive after you are home. My favorite souvenirs are those that tie to a special experience from the trip, or those that are created.
Sometimes you can stumble upon a special souvenir. In Switzerland we found a small store that had an English version of a children’s book by a local author. They also had a handmade doll of one of the characters. We bought both. Eight years later the doll from this town remains my daughter’s special travel companion, and the doll has traveled to every single country with us. The doll, Florina, also started a love of handmade dolls which has been shamelessly encouraged by her mother. My daughter now has handmade dolls from Russia, Armenia and Portugal – all purchased on trips. We keep our eyes open for new opportunities. Read more
Why not encourage your kids to collect something free? Ashley has a sand collection from every river and beach we’ve visited.
Bill’s parents have a rock collection and written on every rock is the location where it was found. Collecting receipts, photos, pamphlets, maps, or even signatures are all possibilities. Maps are cool because you can write on them – where did you go? How did you get there? What did you see? You can paste photos onto the maps and lots of things can be pasted, drawn, or written into the journal.