We love to travel with our kids. Okay … rephrase. We love to travel, and our kids have to come with. But they do love it! Our favourite way to travel is road trips because we firmly believe that it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey too. Whilst we are travelling on our long road trips, the kids spend a lot of time reading, both books and on their devices. I thought I would do a round-up of the best travel books for kids.
It’s that time of the year to start buying gifts and personally, I’m a huge fan of books as gifts. It always feels like a worthwhile investment both in terms of their education and the entertainment factor.
We have enjoyed long road trips up and down Southern Africa, visiting South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and all around South Africa itself too. Since we moved from South Africa to the UK we have continued our love of road trips with our kids. We’ve explored North Wales, Scotland and England. (Ireland, we’re coming for you!) In August we spent two weeks touring Europe too. I think we visited 9 countries in 12 days. It was epic.
You could say we are experienced at road trips with kids. Check out my top tips on what to pack for a road trip with kids!
One thing I know for sure is that kids get bored! My husband and I often joke that we should have just bought a (much cheaper) panel van instead of a mini-van to travel around in because our kids spend much of the journey with their noses stuck in books or on their tablets! Such is life, and we can’t change that, however, what we can do is try to ensure that what they are watching and reading is not only entertaining but educational as well.
The Best Travel Books for Kids
Here are my top recommendations for travel books for kids that will inspire and entertain them. They are perfect, not only whilst travelling, but when we are waiting at home for their next adventure too!
The Travel Activity Book by Lonely Planet
The Travel Activity Book by Lonely Planet has over 250 stickers and activities and the kids will be able to explore over 70 different countries. From activities like writing a letter to Santa Claus in Finland to bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, this book will keep the kids busy for miles!
- RRP: £5.99
- 48 Pages
I can’t tell you how many little boxes of mementoes I find in my kids’ rooms. From ticket stubs to brochures, shells to napkins with their excellent artwork on from that restaurant in Bruges. I wish I’d seen this book earlier because it’s the perfect scrapbook for kids who love to travel. It will help them keep their holiday mementoes safe and in one place. This Holiday Scrapbook would make the perfect gift for any child who loves to travel!
- RRP: £7.99
- 48 Pages
The Brain Teasers book is full of puzzles and games for the whole family to enjoy whilst travelling. When you think of what you can all do together on that next long car journey, this book is the answer.
It’s ideally suited for kids aged 6 to 8, so guess what my girls are getting for Christmas this year?
- RRP: £7.99
- 160 Pages
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Who doesn’t love to have 5 million fun facts thrown at them from the back seat whilst you’re cruising down the motorway? Well if you didn’t before, you will now. This is the epic Big World Of Fun Facts book by Lonely Planet. It covers everything from politics and religion to food and drink, and everything in between.
This book is ideal for kids aged 9 to 12, and the great thing is that it is available in book format, download, or both!
- RRP: Book £14.99
- RRP: Download £10.49
- 208 pages
You can never know enough about dinosaurs, right? Well, now you can learn all about them and plot them on a map. This Dinosaur Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids is perfect for kids ages 9 to 12. Your kids will be able to unfold maps, measure themselves against dinosaur bones, and even learn about famous palaeontologists.
- RRP: 12.99
- 32 Pages
I think this might be my favourite book in the whole list. It’s a collection of 84 stories from children all over the world. All the kids share their stories and in turn teach us about the world they live in. They give us all sorts of information, from the weather whey they live to the food they eat, their culture and religions.
The recommend this book for kids aged 9 to 12. It also comes in book format, download, or both.
- RRP: Book: £14.99
- RRP: Download: £10.49
- 176 Pages
What would your child say about themself and where they live?