Read. Read. Read! That's one of my best family travel tips and why we've put together a list of pre-trip reading for your families.
Whether you are two or 52, learning more about your destination will enhance your travel experience.
When you arrive with an understanding of geography, culture and history—everything from the sights to
the food is more interesting.
Before a trip that we took to Washington DC, I bought a bunch of books for my children. Then as we were touring around,
my two year old yelled, "Clifford was there," as she saw the Washington Memorial.
Afterwards, my eight year old told me all about the gems from each state that lined the stairwell
in the Memorial that he had learned about through Capital City Mysteries.
Now that my children are older, we run the whole gamut from pre-teen reading to pre-school reading.
Not only are these great before the trip, but the books also make wonderful mementos after the trip ends.
Personally, I struggle with straight history books, but add a plot and bring those
characters to life and I can retain a nation’s history! For this reason,
I love historical fiction. On most of the lists I've included an adult-oriented book.
I also included a few exceptional guidebooks too— I like guidebooks that offer an opinion
because it helps me prioritize and streamline sightseeing.
Enjoy the reading!