Travel Books and Movies

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Books for People Who Love to Travel

We are fond of reading. We are fond of traveling. We are fond of opening a book at the beginning of a long flight and having nothing to distract us from said book until we land. Here are some books we’ve been eyeing lately. We think they’d be great books for people who love to more »

Summer Reading for Family Travelers

When I was a kid I loved getting my hands on the freshly-mimeographed (yes, I’m old) summer reading list full of books recommended by my teachers that I could find at my local public library, where I would then sign up for the summer reading challenge with the ultimate goal of writing my name on more »

My Travel Philosophy (or Fun-Hater Keeps Awesome Dress)

I’ve been called a fun hater. By my kids. By my mom. And sometimes by people I barely know. I like to go to sleep at a reasonable hour (I know, that’s a fun-hating expression right there), always stop at two drinks, feel such tremendous guilt when I make a purchase for myself that nine more »

A new e-book, and a new website, about family travel to Belgium

– Chocolate. Comic books. Underground palaces. Cobblestone streets. All in a modern city that’s right in the heart of Europe. Brussels is simply a can’t-miss family destination. All Over the Map launches Brussels with Kids, a new e-book guide to Belgium especially for families. Véronique Autphenne and Paige Conner Totaro have written an information-packed, user-friendly more »

What I learned from National Geographic’s travelers of the year

Last night, Jacques and I went to the National Geographic Society to hear a presentation by 2012 Travelers of the Year and hopefully gain some wisdom we could apply on our own travels. Although ten travelers or traveling teams were honored this past year, only four of them appeared on the National Geographic stage (which, more »

3 books to keep your family travel mojo

Here’s the thing. While Paige and her family are galavanting around the world (they’re in Asia now), we are sitting in Alexandria, VA. It is 35 degrees out. But am I jealous? No! See, being a travel blogger who is not traveling is allowing me the freedom to stretch my writing muscles, which is more more »

Our favorite audio books for long family car rides

Three weeks of The Tale of the Runaway Pancake—narrated  by a whiny John Lithgow— and Bob the Builder’s Pilchard Goes Fishing, an inane tale full of—boing!—loud sound effects threatened to destroy the very fabric of our family. But, since it was either listen to these books on CD during our three-week European vacation or endure more »

Book Review: The Family Hitchcock—The darker side of international house exchanges

If, like us, you’ve considered an international house exchange, this book’s for you. The Family Hitchcock is a comic children’s adventure novel centered around a house exchange gone awry.  The Hitchcocks have been going on adventurous family vacations for years, driven mostly by the earnest Modern-Family-style-glass-half-full dad. This year, however, oldest daughter Maddy would rather more »

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