National Geographic: Bucket List Family Travel by Jessica Gee is the family travel guide we never knew we needed. If you’re like me, the thought of traveling with kids out of town can be overwhelming, let alone interstate or overseas, so the word “travel” generally makes me feel a little overwhelmed before I even begin. I see other families and think “how do they do it?” and not only that, but “how do they make it and how do they enjoy it?”
Well, Jessica Gee tells you exactly how her family did it, how much it affected their lives for the better, and most importantly, how you can do it and get the most out of it. This book gives readers many useful tools, including finding the type of traveler you are, budgeting and even navigating and cultivating important personality traits that will enhance your travel experience.
National Geographic: Bucket List Family Travel it’s not just one lucky family’s summary of their grand adventures – it’s a starting point for all families to plan their own adventures in their own way. I found this to be the most inspiring part of the book. At the very least, it encouraged me to do some of my own research and be a little more open-minded about what’s actually possible when it comes to travel for my family. If it worked for Jessica Gee and inspired me to consider traveling beyond grandma’s house down the road, it can work for you too.
What is it National Geographic: Bucket List Family Travel circle?
As a family of five, the Bucket List family has swum with whales in Tonga, slept in castles in Ireland, lived on a houseboat in Amsterdam, had breakfast with giraffes in Kenya, spent Halloween at Disneyland and visited more more than 90 countries around. world. Now, Jessica Gee brings her tips and tricks to you in the ultimate expert guide to traveling as a family.
This beautifully illustrated guide provides all the know-how to fulfill your family’s bucket list—including how to choose a destination, pack, budget, and even survive a 12-hour plane ride. Along with personal family anecdotes, Jess offers 50 itineraries for family-friendly destinations and inspiring top-10 lists of destinations for every age. You will learn everything you need to know to take a family holiday, for example:
- South Africa, where you can walk on a beach with penguins
- Utah, where ice castles bring a world of magic to a vacation full of natural wonders
- Berlin, where the holidays come to life at the beloved Christmas markets
- Galapagos, where your kids will squeal with delight as they encounter penguins and larger-than-life turtles
- Alaska, where you’ll feel like you’ve truly gone wild on the final frontier
This insider’s guide from one of the world’s most traveled families will inspire you to create new and lasting memories with your family for years to come.
A beautifully illustrated travel bible for families who want to be inspired
True to National Geographic form, this is a beautiful, polished book. It’s hardcover and big enough to display travel experiences on it, without being so sturdy or bulky that it’s hard to wrestle with (making you leave it on the coffee table just for display ). However, I wouldn’t say it’s suitable for travel, compared to smaller guides like Lonely Planet or pocket guides. It’s definitely a guide to getting away from home – again, just a starting point to turn the wheels of travel – that’s physically accessible and the content is also carefully laid out. It’s very easy to jump to what you’re looking for in the book at any given moment.
The book is divided into three parts after an introduction to Gee’s “Bucket List” family. The first part covers the planning stage, including figuring out what type of traveler you are, where to stay and – an important one – money-saving tips; the second part includes an “on the road” and “on the ground” section that includes managing expectations, adapting, staying healthy and safe, making memories, and how to spend time growing up; and finally, the third part is the “where to go” section which includes 50 suggested destinations to perhaps start the list of family groups. This final section further breaks down how to get there, what to do, when to visit, where to stay (which offers you luxury, comfort and budget options) and what to eat. Note that suggested itineraries include both domestic and international United States travel destinations. When I first saw this book, I thought it was international only, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover several US destinations featured, including Lake Tahoe, Zion National Park, Walt Disney World, and New York.
National Geographic: Bucket List Family Travel it’s practical not just aspirational, which is important when considering travel, especially with kids. It’s a great starting point which will hopefully give you the confidence boost you may need to start your travel search. Overall, I enjoyed it and encourage everyone to read it, or browse it and build their own family list in their own way. It’s helpful to keep many important tips in mind, including when to travel, specific recommendations for children, and dos and don’ts to not only help you remember your sanity, but to ultimately, to help you create great memories.
It is also worth noting that every purchase of National Geographic: The Family Bucket List Trip helps support the global nonprofit National Geographic Society in its work to “protect and illuminate our world through exploration, research and education.” More information on this mission can be found at natgeo.com/info
National Geographic: Bucket List Family Travel was published on February 6, 2024.