WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2012)—According to Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and father of three, a passport is the new diploma — it opens the door to travel, the world’s greatest learning tool. In his new book, 100 PLACES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0859-1; Feb. 5, 2013; $18.95 paperback), Bellows shares destinations to expand a child’s horizons, shape their perspectives and enable them to experience different global cultures.
From the treetops of Costa Rica to the Grand Canyon to Loch Ness, 100 PLACES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE explores the world, plumbing the heart of each special place and presenting it through a kid’s eyes. Divided by region, the book looks at exciting travel locations for children in the United States/Canada; Caribbean/Mexico/South America; Europe; Africa/Middle East; Asia; and Oceania/Antarctica. Each chapter contains contributions by regional experts and experienced travelers and travel writers who offer tips on how to communicate each location’s value to children. From following whales in Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord to exploring a Crusader castle in Cyprus to studying the biodiversity of the Galápagos, the book offers scores of ideas on how kids can experience the wonders of the world.
“The world is the greatest classroom we have,” writes Bellows in his introduction. “I’m convinced that any parent willing to give the gift of travel offers the gift that keeps on giving. Children who learn to travel will travel to learn. And they will do it all their lives.
“I never went to a theme park until I was an adult,” he adds. “The world was my theme park. And that’s what I wish for my kids – and yours. I want them to discover the real, not just the faux, and to find it here, not just abroad. I want them to thrill to all the planet has to offer. And see as much of it firsthand and soon.”
In addition to descriptions of each location and advice on how children can experience the world on their level, 100 PLACES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE offers scores of tips, ideas and opportunities for fun activities, and background for potential visitors in the information boxes throughout the book.
- “Insider Tips” tap into the local smarts of the people in each location.
- “Know Before You Go” suggests books, movies or music that give a sense of the location.
- “Connections” lists organizations working in the field that can provide more in-depth information.
- “Fast Facts” are nifty trivia that will surprise the kids (and you).
- “Buy Worthy” suggests authentic products that express a sense of place.
- “Get Involved” features volunteer opportunities and important charities in the region.
- “Yum” and “Nest” offer kid-friendly food and accommodation options.
- “Objects of Wonder” captures cool culture that fascinates children —and expresses the local zeitgeist.
- “Words of Wisdom” are intriguing ways to jump-start conversations with your child.
PLACES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE is an invaluable travel planner filled with ideas on how to get kids excited about the world, gain an appreciation of travel and different traditions, and value the diversity and wonders of our planet.
About the Author
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Keith Bellows has launched 30 magazines, television and radio properties and has lectured around the world. He is editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and senior vice president/editor in chief of National Geographic Travel Media. A graduate of Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Dartmouth College, Bellows has appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”