Lonely Planet Kids: Come Explore


I have a confession to make.  I have “Wanderlust”, always have, always will.  My adventures have been a bit more sedate over recent years, or you could say I’ve been grounded in fact, but after my interview with Katja Gaskell the other week I’m all fired up again to travel. Wanderlust is something I do hope I pass on to my girls, travelling the world and opening your mind up to different things, people and cultures is so important I think, how about you?  I love this quote from Mark Twain, wise words.

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You can imagine my delight then, when I received in the mail, 3 new books from Lonely Planet, however these ones weren’t for me they were for the kids!  Typical!

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang & Lonely Planet Kids but all opinions are my own (and the girls)

Lonely Planet got me around the world as a backpacker, way back in the day, along with most other travellers I’m sure!  I think as a brand, most Australians definitely, but most people in the western world know of the Lonely Planet travel guides. Are they your ‘go to’ travel guides too?  What I didn’t know though was that they also have the Lonely Planet Kids brand. Apparently it was launched last year and includes books, apps, has a website (check it out here) and it’s own Facebook & Twitter pages too (for the grown- ups to help you inspired mini wanderlusters).  The products are aimed at kids aged between 3 – 12 which is great as my girls fall right into the middle of that!

In the spirit of a picture saying a thousands words, here’s what happened when the girls got the books!

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There was actually a gift for me too, yay! The newly published 6th Edition “Travel with Children” book. It isn’t  part of the LP Kids range but a fantastic book if I’m wanting to spread the travel bug and spark interest in the girls then I can do some research on places to take them too.

Miss E claimed the Amazing World Atlas (RRP $29.99) as her own.  She has already spent hours pouring over it.  Up until now we’ve had a globe and a map puzzle which she is a bit “whatever” about but this Atlas is capturing her attention because it’s full of quirky facts mixed with historic stories and cultural descriptions, and maps of course.  We now know that;

  • “The fastest land animal in Canada is the pronghorn”, and that Canadians eat “more macaroni & cheese than any other people in the world”!
  • “Kerepakupai Vena or Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, tumbling 979, (3,212 ft)”.
  • “There are over 2 million saunas in Finland” and the “Danes snack on over 100 million hot sausages in bread each year”.

Hmm, we have our school trivia night next week so this is going to be really helpful!  I think I will be taking claim of the Atlas for a while to gen up!

Miss 6 went straight for the “Adventures in Wild Places” activity book (RRP $12.99) because it has over 250 stickers! They are the reuseable kind which is fab because I seem to be finding the other type on all the furniture at the moment which don’t come off very easily, what’s with that?  Anyway, she’s all over the Galapagos Islands and the giant tortises and has put in a request to go there.  We might start closer to home given our impending move to North Queensland and explore Outback Australia first.  This books got some fascinating facts in it too I just learned that the frilled neck lizard is sometimes called the “bicycle” lizard because it runs on it’s hind legs when it’s scared, I never knew that.

There are also other titles in the range “Adventures in Famous Places” & “Adventures in Smelly Places” – I know many who would get a giggle out of that one!

I’m totally on board with what Lonely Planet Kids is trying to achieve – to kick-start the travel bug and open kids eyes to the world around them through showcasing facts, amusing tales and inspiring stories that brings the planet to life.  I think that anything that shows children what makes the world a diverse and magnificent place is wonderful with the added bonus that these books keep them occupied for ages too – winner! Lonely Planet Kids: Come Explore, indeed!

Adventure Awaits……

Do you have wanderlust?  Is it something that you want to pass on to your kids too?  Any random facts you care to share?


16 comments on “Lonely Planet Kids: Come Explore

  1. Ilana
    July 17, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Great read Vicki. We are planning a “big” trip next year so might get the kids involved from the very get go!!

    • Vicki
      July 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Ohh where to????

  2. Robyn
    July 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I used lonely planet books as my bible when I was backpacking too. The BEST!! I had no idea they did kids stuff too – totally cool. I’ll definitely be checking them out and I’m pretty sure mine will love them too. After our recent big trip to South Africa they are so hungry to travel again – we just have to save up!

    • Vicki
      July 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      We are saving up for a trip to South Africa next year, just love it. The kids books a great, little quirky facts that the kids will love and opens their horizons up too.

  3. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    July 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I want to flick through the Travel with Children book. Does it cover Australia a lot or just international?

    I love fun mail too!

    • Vicki
      July 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      The Travel with Children one has about 2 pages on every country including Australia it gives highlights so you can choose which country you want to go to best time of year etc and then you can go and find out more through other books or online. It just fell open on Iceland for me then – best start saving!

  4. Flavia Julius
    July 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Legendary Lonely Planets!!! Can I sell this house and just go travelling?? One day we might… The kids here are always keen to jump on a plane, campervan, bus or whatever, so thank you for letting me know about these LP kids version, will get them to look online this afternoon!! xxx

    • Vicki
      July 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      I love Lonely Planets too. S might like the Atlas, E does.

  5. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I’ve literally travelled the world with Lonely Planet and it’s become my travel bible. These books look great, what a fun way to learn more about the world and to inspire kids to want to get out and see it!

    • Vicki
      July 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      The girls really have enjoyed them. x

  6. stephanie@stephsjoy
    July 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I’ve always travelled with LP too, I love the sound of adventures in smelly places , would be an interesting read! x

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      The smelly ones do sound fun don’t they?!

  7. Shannon @ Oh Creative Day
    July 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Lonely Planet makes me nostalgic for my youth! Do backpackers lug them around these days or do they have some fancy technological version?! They used to weigh down your day pack, but they were worth their weight in GOLD!!!

    • Vicki
      July 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

      That is a good question I wonder if they take their ipad versions instead, kind of goes against the backpacking ethos though doesn’t it, baguettes on the trains for dinner etc. Ahh, back in the day! x

  8. Natalie
    July 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Lonely Planet takes me back to my backpacking days! These books look like such a great idea for introducing travel to kids. My kids love their atlas and have learnt a lot about other places.

    • Vicki
      July 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Lonely Planet was my bible backpacking. My girls are really enjoying these books and the fun facts they are finding out.

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