100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth

100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth

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By (author) Keith Bellows

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 213mm x 18mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426208596
  • ISBN 13: 9781426208591
  • Illustrations note: 75 Illustrations; 1 Map
  • Sales rank: 117,692

Product description

This evocative book provides all you need to create life-changing vacations around the world with your kids. You won't find rote itineraries or windy, discursive text, lists of museums and landmarks, festivals and events. Instead, you'll get slice-of-life, age-appropriate experiences in special places that offer life experiences and peeks into different cultures. The book showcases 100 places, each anchored by someone who knows the place intimately. You'll meet Lorenzo Fatzi, a Venetian gondolier, who will share his secrets of the canals; a Nantucket fisherman who gives you a very special nautical tour of the island; animal tracker Vram Seth, who talks about life in India's Ranthambore tiger reserve; and countless others who are cultural treasures, great storytellers, and keepers of a sense of place. Each chapter answers these simple questions: What is the one experience you must have here that will help you understand it better? That will give you insights into its culture and people? That is unforgettable? And that will enrich the life of a child and at what age? Each chapter also includes sidebars: Culture Pack: books, recipes, music, and films to preview and supplement actual travel experiences; and Key Intelligence: carefully curated lists of kid-friendly things to do and see, where to eat and stay, and what parents should be sensitive to or prepared for.

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Author information

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, KEITH BELLOWS has launched 30 magazines, television, and radio properties and has lectured around the world. He is editor-in-chief of"National Geographic Traveler" and project leader of Learning2Go, an innovative program he developed to bring children and parents together around travel as a learning tool. A graduate of Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Dartmouth College, Bellows has appeared regularly on"The Today Show" and "Good Morning America."

Customer reviews

By Leng Demirkol 04 Sep 2013 2

Our family recently established a goal of visiting 100 countries for the next ten years. We were not impressed with the 100 places National Geographic listed in this book. Even our kids are not that impressed and created their own bucket list.

It is good for quick reference though.

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"Consider Bellows' suggestions a step up from simply taking a vacation. He says these places could open your child's eyes to the diversity of the world, help them learn what interests them and inform how they navigate it as adults." --Cnn.com "From the treetops of Costa Rica, to the Grand Canyon and Loch Ness, Bellows' book presents each destination through a child's eyes." -"Skylife" "Not only highlights where to go and what to do with your kids, but also "how" to make the most of the experiences." --Kidventurous.com "If your family likes to travel, learn, and explore new places, this book will be a good resource for dreaming, planning and going." --Tropic Home and Family blog "The writers uncovered walks, trails, destinations and vistas off the beaten paths which, combined with maps and practical advice, make the book the perfect companion for any National Park adventure." --Family Focus blog "The photographs are amazing, the content is fascinating and the text is presented in an interesting format that holds their attention." --Simply Stacie blog "A unique and imaginative approach to travelling with children. Highly Recommended!" -- Hot Brands Cool Places "A well-curated overview of 100 places not to be missed on all six continents and...why visiting them can influence your child's vision of life and the world." --LivingGreenWithBaby.com "We're all kids at heart, so this can go for any of us...A common theme is that these are places where kids can learn and have fun at the same time." --Fox & Friends