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100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life

100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life
100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life

100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life is a good reference book for family travel

This is the book that had me fantasizing about winning the Powerball and taking my husband and sons to travel around the world. First, we would go as far away as possible — to Hawaii — and stay on a few different islands, taking in all the good aloha for the rest of our journeys. Moving on from there, Fiji (because it’s heavenly beautiful), New Zealand (Hobbits and little blue fairy penguins), Tasmania (gorgeous and remote), Australia (everything!), Japan (the Shinkansen and gardens), South Africa (safari) … and that’s kind of where I left off.

My wish list for family travel is long.

But even though the Powerball odds aren’t in my favor, I will keep this book handy for real-life planning.

100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life by National Geographic Traveler magazine editor Keith Bellows is a comprehensive resource for creating family “bucket lists” of travel destinations. Each location in the book helps you learn a bit about the place through the advice of locals and experts — even some history of the area. There are also additional tips such as family-friendly restaurants and hotels in the area, books, sites and films about the destination, and also souvenirs that are worth buying.

It was nice to see that, as big as the world is, there are also plenty of locales listed in the United States and Canada. In fact, one of them is right here in Florida — Marco Island. I was a little puzzled by Marco Island as the one life-changing place in Florida that made it into 100 Places. To me, Marco Island is mostly a place of resorts and vacation/retirement homes (with one of my favorite beaches, Tigertail Beach). However, author Bellows focuses on the 10,000 Islands Dolphins Project, which turns regular people into citizen scientists as they head offshore to look for and catalog bottlenose dolphins. The 10,000 Islands Dolphins Project recently reported it had made 1,951 survey trips with 6,049 sightings — some with the help of children. It’s an ecotour where guests actually contribute to helping the wildlife.

Yeah, I think that would leave a lasting impression on kids.

If your family likes to travel, learn, and explore new places, this book will be a good resource for dreaming, planning and going.

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The publisher of 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life gave me the book for free to review. Opinions are my own.

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