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Mara Gorman’s family travel blog, www.MotherofAllTrips.com, has been one of my favorite family travel blogs for some time. So, when Mara Gorman recently released her new book, The Family Traveler’s Handbook, I was eager to read it.
I found The Family Traveler’s Handbook to be helpful and enjoyable, with Mara’s personal experiences mixed in with her browse-able headings and bulleted lists. As I look back through the book, I find that it’s easy to find the sections that I want to re-visit.
I consider my family to be experienced and competent travelers, and I found myself nodding my head to a lot of Gorman’s advice. However, I still found a few new tips that I plan to use in the future. The section on traveling with tweens and teens was especially helpful to me, as was the list of resources in the back of the book.
The Family Traveler’s Handbook includes the experience of at least a dozen other family travel experts. In addition to her own experience, Gorman has recruited parents who know how to travel with infants, toddlers, teens and grandparents. If you prefer specific types of travel such as camping, multi-family travel, road trips or travel in the developing world, The Family Traveler’s Handbook offers advice in those and other areas as well.
The Family Traveler’s Handbook is written in a well-organized, easy-to-read format, with lots of headings to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. You can read the entire book from cover to cover in a couple of hours, or browse the topics that interest you most.
One of my favorite things about The Family Traveler’s Handbook is its honesty. Traveling with children can be rewarding, but it can also be really difficult. Sometimes you miss a connecting flight. Sometimes your dream vacation rental is a nightmare. Sometimes children don’t appreciate the great experiences you offer them.
Throughout the book, Gorman shares her personal stories of delayed flights, bad apartments and unhappy toddlers. She offers tips that will help you avoid the same problems, and prepare for the worst. However, she also tells happy and encouraging stories about the rewards of helping her children discover the world while becoming a better traveler herself.
The Bottom Line
The Family Traveler’s Handbook by Mara Gorman is an excellent book for new parents. Any parent or grandparent who travels with children will likely find at least a few useful tips in this user-friendly guide.
The Family Traveler’s Handbook is available in Kindle or paperback formats from Amazon.com