A lot of people think their traveling lifestyle has to end once they have kids. After all, whether you’ve planned a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, or a four-day trek through the Peruvian Andes – it’s just not quite same when you have a toddler clinging to your legs.
But for some people, having children is when their traveling adventures really begin – and you only have to look at blogs like Great Family Escape or Travels With a Nine Year Old to see that it really is possible to hit the road with children in tow.
Of course, traveling with children presents a whole set of its own challenges, and as I mentioned above, a lot of the traditional travel destinations you may have had in mind may not be as enjoyable with kids – or as interesting.
That’s why I think the Frommer’s guide to 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up is so fantastic. The book presents a variety of destinations and sights all over the world that would be of specific interest to children, and categorizes them based on the theme and age-appropriateness. Don’t worry, it’s not all aquariums and Legolands – the book primarily lists attractions that are of genuine interest to adults but also have youth appeal because they revolve around animals, science, the Dark Ages, or whatever else your kids might be interested in. It’s a fabulous resource for parents trying to plan a vacation that the whole family will enjoy.