I recently was sent a book called Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids by Bill Richards and Ashley Steel. The authors have traveled through North America, Europe, and Asia with their two daughters, and offer hundreds of ideas to make your trip run smoother and help your family turn their travels into rewarding, enriching adventures. Even though I consider myself a well-traveled mom, comfortable taking my kids on trips abroad and domestic (even traveling alone!)- I still have so much to learn and had a lot fun reading this book! I turned down the corners of more than half of the pages, and scribbled notes in the margins, noting concrete tips for families who travel:
This book is intended for well-seasoned travelers and newbies alike who enjoy being with their children, want to enrich their education, and are excited to discover, as a family, the vast and unique experiences this world has to offer.
The Multicultural Kid Blogs Book Club is now reading Family on the Loose, and then members’ blogs are posting weekly discussions of chapters and sharing travel stories. To wrap it up, author Ashley Steel answers questions about the book and traveling with her family.
Today we’ll have a look at Chapter 9!
Finding the World in Your Own Backyard
You don’t need to travel around the globe to have an exciting adventure! In this chapter, the authors suggest families take “mini-trips-” all on public transport- around your nearest city that expose kids to another culture. There are so many examples listed: grocery store adventures, visiting different religious services, festivals and celebrations at local community centers, cross-cultural camps- one of my favorite new ideas was hosting a travel-themed birthday party. Finally, something we’ve definitely enjoyed at our house, they discuss hosting an exchange student. The conclusion at the end of the chapter is exactly what my web site is all about:)-
There are an amazing number of ways to bring cross-cultural education into your home… Finding multicultural opportunities near home can enrich your family’s appreciation for where you live and can expose you to all the other cultures that are transplanted into your own backyard. Opportunities for global education are everywhere! (pg 187)
Don’t miss the previous chapter discussions on family travel:
Chapter 1 and 2: Dads the Way I Like It – Jan. 9
Chapter 3: Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes – Jan. 16
Chapter 4: Kids Yoga Stories – Jan. 23
Chapter 5: MarocMama – Jan. 30
Chapter 6: Spanglish House – Feb. 6
Chapter 7: Spanish Playground – Feb.13
Chapter 8: The European Mama – Feb. 20
Chapter 9: Kid World Citizen – Feb. 27
Q & A with Ashley Steel: Chasing the Donkey – March 6
If you are interested in learning more about the authors and their book, check out their web site for Family on the Loose! Multicultural Kid Blogs are dedicated to raising world citizens, through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love. You can follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+. You can also subscribe to a feed of all of posts from the Facebook pages of all member blogs.