This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely 'not-for-parents'. Cool stuff to know about every country in the world. Everyone knows the world s highest mountain, but do you know which country banned chewing gum? Read more...
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This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely 'not-for-parents'. Cool stuff to know about every country in the world. Everyone knows the world s highest mountain, but do you know which country banned chewing gum? Or what s the world s stinkiest fruit? Or who invented roller skates? Or which building leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Or where can you eat fried spiders as a snack?
The world is a very big place, and in The Not-for-Parents Travel Book we ve concentrated on the really interesting bits to create a snapshot of what each country is like. (Warning to parents: these might not be the same really interesting bits that you like where to buy coffee, how many stars the hotel has, what s the phone number for the airport, blah, blah, blah.)
In this book are the epic events, amazing animals, hideous histories, funky foods, and crazy facts that make the world s 200 countries so fascinating.
Each country has a dedicated page that s jam-packed with up-to-the-minute stats, record-breaking facts, hideous histories, epic events and wild and wacky critters.Each country features gotta-know facts such as population lingo, capital city, currency and national pastimeOver 1,800 photos and quirky graphics
Be sure to also check out Not for Parents Paris, Rome, London and New York City.
Books for the budding traveler
Robert Reid is the U.S. Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. In a column written exclusively for BookPage, he highlights terrific travel books, both old and new. This month, he selects some of the best books on the classic road trip.
The best thing a family can do when planning a trip is to include the kids right from the start. Make the whole process of picking a destination, finding places to stay, booking flights or plotting highway routes a family activity. At 10, I got to plan a short ski trip—our first—and I chose an empty summer lodge with staff that wasn’t sure why we were there. Still, it ended up being one of the most memorable trips we ever had.
I’ve always believed that the travel bug begins by just looking at maps. For a creative approach to map-making, check out Katharine Harmon’s imaginative The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography. Another great way to get the whole family involved is to pin up a map, like Michelin’s laminated USA wall map, on a family room wall and let everyone tape notes where they want to go most, then rate best/funniest/worst moment on the map after a trip.
For young readers, there are plenty of books to help inspire curiosity in the world and keep them entertained on the road. Lonely Planet’s new Not For Parents series is perfect for the budding traveler, with cartoon-based overviews of the featured cities (New York, London, Paris and Rome), along with quirky facts about familiar places (how the Roman Colosseum was first used, why you should never say “piece of pizza” in New York). For a bigger picture, the addictively browsable Not for Parents Travel Book covers the whole world. If the kids think your guidebooks are boring, try these and see if their tune changes.
Little ones might also enjoy the classic globe-trotting adventures of Tintin, particularly now that it’s been made into a popular movie. Older comic fans should consider Québécois comic-book artist Guy Delisle, who has published a series of superb travel-based books, including his latest, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City.
A fun book to help inspire teens (and adults) is Keri Smith’s playful How to Be an Explorer of the World, filled with hand-drawn tips and ideas on how to collect things in your daily life and on the road, and create a “life museum” with your finds. It shares some of the great universal truths about travel: No place is boring, and there’s more than one way to explore.
Robert Reid is Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor and always has at least one big map pinned to the wall.