Exotic Travel Destinations for Families

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Want to stare eye-to-eye with giant tortoises in the Galapagos? How about rent a luxurious castle in Italy? Or view prolific wildlife on safari in Tanzania? Interested in taking your children to Bora Bora, Cambodia, or Iceland? Exotic Travel Destinations for Families is your passport to exhilarating family travel to twenty-four exciting locations in regions around the world: Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and islands ranging from French Polynesia to Iceland! Explore the world with ...
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Overview


Want to stare eye-to-eye with giant tortoises in the Galapagos? How about rent a luxurious castle in Italy? Or view prolific wildlife on safari in Tanzania? Interested in taking your children to Bora Bora, Cambodia, or Iceland? Exotic Travel Destinations for Families is your passport to exhilarating family travel to twenty-four exciting locations in regions around the world: Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and islands ranging from French Polynesia to Iceland! Explore the world with first-person accounts of parents and their children traveling in harmony and discovering exotic cultures, experiencing eye-opening adventures, and meeting fascinating people from around the globe.

In addition to the humorous and informative first-person stories of families traveling in each of the included countries, Exotic Travel Destinations for Families features everything you need to know to appropriately plan and prepare for a trip with your children: How to choose a destination your entire family will enjoy, when to go, what to bring, how to get there, and an assortment of kid-friendly tips and advice. Additionally, medical and safety concerns are thoroughly addressed for each destination. Recommendations for exciting things to do and see, and suggestions for hotels, restaurants, and other travel literature to read are also included. And there’s a section on sending your teens to language immersion courses as well as one on community service in foreign countries. So grab your passports and gather your children . . . and get ready to explore the world!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891661365
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer M. Nichols published travel articles on global family adventures in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, and Diversion Magazine. She traveled to fifty-five countries and lived in Europe and Central America, and her two teenagers traveled to twenty-seven countries on five continents.

Bill Nichols has been the travel partner and writing collaborator of Jennifer M. Nichols for the past thirty-one years. As a child he traveled domestically with his family, but after marrying Jennifer, he began his global explorations. He has now visited fifty-eight countries. When he's not globetrotting, Bill works as a marketing strategy consultant. He lives in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Before You Go 19
Chapter 1 Traveling with Your Kids to Exotic Destinations 21
Benefits of Foreign Travel with Children 22
Plan Educational Experiences for Your Trips 23
Don't Push the Limits 24
Chapter 2 Planning Your Trip and Things to Do at Your Destination 27
Acknowledge Changing Priorities 28
Map Magic 28
Foreign Languages 28
Pack a Small Backpack 29
Writing About Travel for Kids and Adults 29
Photography for Children (Kerry McDonell Halasz) 31
Chapter 3 Family Travel Resources on the Web 35
Europe 45
Chapter 4 Tuscany, Italy: Regal Retreats 47
Family Travel to a Castle 47
Italy Overview 49
Planning and Preparation 49
Things to See and Do 53
Resources 55
Chapter 5 Les Eyzies, France: Exploring Cro-Magnon Art Caves 57
Family Travel to Les Eyzies, France 57
France Overview 60
Planning and Preparation 61
Things to See and Do 62
Resources 64
Chapter 6 Sofia, Bulgaria: On the Cusp--Capitalism Overcoming Communism 67
Family Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria 67
Bulgaria Overview 71
Planning and Preparation 72
Things to See and Do 73
Resources 75
Chapter 7 Prague, Czech Republic: Memories from a Mom's Escape 79
Family Travel to Prague, Czech Republic (Sonia Ehrlich Sachs) 79
Czech Republic Overview 84
Planning and Preparation 85
Things to See and Do 85
Resources 88
Chapter 8 Portugal: History, Beaches, and Grilled Sardines 91
Family Travel to Portugal (Mary Nichols Sandoval) 91
Portugal Overview 96
Planning and Preparation 97
Things to See and Do 98
Resources 101
South and Central America 103
Chapter 9 Belize: Escapades on Land and Sea 105
Family Travel to Belize 105
Belize Overview 109
Planning and Preparation 109
Things to See and Do 110
Resources 113
Chapter 10 Ecuador: Rainforest Retreat 115
Family Travel to the Ecuadorian Rainforest 115
Ecuador Overview 121
Planning and Preparation 122
Things to See and Do 124
Resources 127
Africa 129
Chapter 11 Morocco: On the Road Through Morocco, Family Style 131
Family Travel to Morocco 131
Morocco Overview 138
Planning and Preparation 138
Things to See and Do 140
Resources 145
Chapter 12 Tanzania: Safari, Wildlife, and Culture 147
Family Travel to Tanzania 147
Tanzania Overview 154
Planning and Preparation 154
Things to See and Do 159
Resources 161
Chapter 13 Namibia: Skeletons on the Coast 163
Family Travel to Namibia (Cindy McDonell Mitchell) 163
Namibia Overview 168
Planning and Preparation 168
Things to See and Do 171
Resources 172
Chapter 14 Egypt: Cruising the Nile 175
Family Travel to Egypt (Cindy McDonell Mitchell) 175
Egypt Overview 180
Planning and Preparation 180
Things to See and Do 181
Resources 184
Chapter 15 Tunisia: Modern and Ancient Civilizations 187
Family Travel to Tunisia (Mary Nichols Sandoval) 187
Tunisia Overview 192
Planning and Preparation 192
Things to See and Do 193
Resources 196
Islands 197
Chapter 16 Bora Bora: Tropical Paradise for Active Families 199
Family Travel to Bora Bora 199
Bora Bora Overview 205
Planning and Preparation 205
Things to See and Do 206
Resources 209
Chapter 17 Iceland: It's So Cool, It's Hot 211
Family Travel to Iceland 211
Iceland Overview 217
Planning and Preparation 218
Things to See and Do 219
Resources 222
Chapter 18 Cuba: Revolution and Resorts 225
Family Travel to Cuba (Mary Nichols Sandoval) 225
Cuba Overview 232
Planning and Preparation 232
Things to See and Do 234
Resources 236
Chapter 19 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Evolution's Classroom 239
Family Travel to the Galapagos Islands 239
Galapagos Overview 243
Planning and Preparation 243
Things to See and Do 246
Resources 248
Asia 251
Chapter 20 Thailand: Beaches, Buddhism, and Bargains 253
Family Travel to Thailand 253
Thailand Overview 256
Planning and Preparation 257
Things to See and Do 258
Resources 261
Chapter 21 Cambodia: Visiting the Khmer Court 263
Family Travel to Cambodia (Sonia Ehrlich Sachs) 263
Cambodia Overview 267
Planning and Preparation 267
Things to See and Do 268
Resources 271
Chapter 22 Tibet: Pilgrimages and Hot Pots 275
Family Travel to Tibet (Sonia Ehrlich Sachs) 275
Tibet Overview 278
Planning and Preparation 278
Things to See and Do 280
Resources 282
Chapter 23 China: From the Far East to the Far West 285
Family Travel to China (Sonia Ehrlich Sachs) 285
China Overview 290
Planning and Preparation 290
Things to See and Do 292
Resources 297
Chapter 24 India: Crowded, Chaotic, and Charming 299
Family Travel to India (Sonia Ehrlich Sachs) 299
India Overview 304
Planning and Preparation 304
Things to See and Do 305
Resources 308
Chapter 25 Ephesus and Cappadocia, Turkey: Historical Havens 311
Family Travel to Ephesus and Cappadocia, Turkey 311
Turkey Overview 314
Planning and Preparation 314
Things to See and Do 315
Resources 318
Chapter 26 Qatar: Dunes, Water, and Souks 321
Family Travel to Qatar (Mary Nichols Sandoval) 321
Qatar Overview 327
Planning and Preparation 327
Things to See and Do 328
Resources 330
Straddling Two Continents 331
Chapter 27 Istanbul, Turkey: Europe/Asia's Most Intriguing City 333
Family Travel to Istanbul, Turkey 333
Turkey Overview 338
Planning and Preparation 339
Things to See and Do 340
Resources 341
Teens Traveling Abroad 343
Chapter 28 Teen Trips around the World 345
Selecting the Right Trip 345
Language Trips for Teens (Will Nichols) 346
Community Service for Teens (Alison McDonell Nichols) 351
Resources 353
About the Authors 357
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