Though I read a lot of books, travel books, is one genre, I never ventured into. Because I feel that reading travel books and planning your travel spoils the thrill and surprise element in the travel. One tends to travel only for relaxing and to have the missing surprise element in their daily lives, isn’t it?
But “Growingwithnemit” is one blog I heard (rather saw) in twitter a lot during the A2Z campaign and was curious to see what this blog and book really holds. That’s the reason why I picked up this book in this genre first when compared to my other favorite books. So, honestly, I didn’t know what am going to read in this book.
This book is not a typical travel book which lists the places to cover and things to do in different places. It really covers how to plan your trip with both kids and elders in the family. Having said that, don’t think that this book doesn’t have the places to see, it covers the places to visit in each trip and also the precautions to be taken while going to that place.
This book also covers how the planning has to be done keeping the seasons, journey times from one place to the other. After all this planning and undertaking the trip, one would expect a nice memoir of the trip. The author Neha doesn’t disappoint us there too, as at the end of each trip she gives her personal memoir with her personal photographs, which are just awesome.
Neha shows us the way to preserve our memories of each and every trip in a unique way, by mingling with the local people. As small kids have the tendency to remember people for long rather than the places. So her tip regarding this one is really special for me.
Another wonderful concept she has put forward in her book is to plan the trip around the kid’s schedule of nap times and food habits. Normally this is one point which most the adults would miss out on.
Neha has captured all the important points to be remembered while planning the family travel at the end of her book, which is a must read for all.
Though the book is exhaustive in terms of planning and making memories with kids and elders too, including the personal memoirs, the only part I missed out in the entire book is the views of the other family members who traveled along. Especially what the kid liked the most and how he enjoyed. Some anecdotes on the quirky things the kids take from each travel would make the book more kid-centric. This view may be due to the fact that I as an author write more from kid’s view point.
This book is a must read for all parents as it shows the real importance of careful planning that needs to go on every trip. Leaving it on the third party travel organizers will not give us these long-lasting memories. The tips which she has given at the end of her book are really valuable for every traveler.
Rating and other Details:
Book Title: Travel India with a Toddler
Author: Neha Sharma
Number of Pages: 154
Available: PDF, Blog Chatter Library
My Rating: 4.2/5.0