November 2011

Kid’s Trip Diary: Kids! Write About Your Own Adventures and Experiences!

"Sometimes kids just need prompts to see an event or experience in a different way."


If you’re traveling with your kids, chances are at some point they’re going to say they’re bored. Whether you’re in the car, on the plane or in a hotel room, it’s hard to keep them engaged at all times, which all children crave on some level or another. Beyond handing them your smart phone or a television remote, keeping them entertained can be a challenge and they may just miss the whole point of the trip.

Instead of relying on electronic devices to keep them happy, why not give them a book where they can journal their vacation experience? The results will be as much a keepsake as it is something to do during the inevitable downtime that comes with traveling.

Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond

There are quite a few travel books that are devoted to paranormal vacation destinations. There are haunted bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, prisons and even castles around the world that stake their claims as spooky travel spots, while others try to keep their unpleasant, horrific or tragic histories out of the public's eye – but all good stories are bound to come out sooner or later.

While not a travel book by definition, the late Hans Holzer's book Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond, might as well be. This gigantic book is filled with locations and case studies of over 150 ghosts and haunted locales, both in the United States and abroad.

After reading this book (and it's a HUGE book) it's amazing how it seems that wherever Holzer traveled, he encountered some amazing paranormal activity. Each story details as much as he could find out about the place or person, both in life and death, that was the subject of his investigation. From Kansas to Edinburgh, it would appear that there is no shortage of ghostly happenings that will send a chill up any traveler's spine.

Four Corners Book Series


Parents spend hours upon hours planning out special vacations. Researching locations and planning itineraries can be just as exciting for them as the trip itself, but unless you're headed to a popular children's destination, like Disney World, your chosen destination may be a hard sell for your tykes.

Your average travel book may be exciting for you, but for your children, are just pages upon pages of not-so-special. To get them as psyched about your upcoming trip to New Orleans or Paris, you just might need to look for an alternative type of book that will spark their interests on a different level. I found a great group of books that are written with just this in mind.

Choose The Right Guidebook


All guidebooks are not created equally. Most are jam-packed with information from great restaurants and hotels to hot tourist attractions and shopping locales. That doesn't mean that the particular book your looking at is going to be the right guide for you. If you're not designing your travel experience from a book that truly suits your needs, you're not going to have the vacation you're longing for.

It's important when choosing a travel guide to look at several books on any given destination, written by different authors and published under different collections. You have to consider your budget as well as what type of experience you're looking for.

If you want to enjoy a posh stay at a fine hotel and spend oodles of cash on spa days and elegant dining, you want a travel guide that reflects your style and tastes. On the other hand, if you want to find a cozy bed and breakfast off the beaten path and experience the unique flavors of local diner cuisine, choosing a guide that's filled with five star hotels and restaurants are going to deliver you to the right destinations.