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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Are We There Yet? by Rachel Dodds and Richard Butler echoes the many times parents have heard their children ask that very question. Traveling with children of all ages can be a challenge, but it can also be an educational and engaging experience for both the child and the adult. Take the example of a child walking on a beach in Mexico and noticing a terrible smell. The father takes the child to investigate and they discover together that the smell came from a pipe dumping raw sewage right into the ocean, directly across from the hotel where they were staying. The astute child insisted the family change hotels, not only because of the smell, but the child realized at this young age that what the hotel was doing was wrong and they shouldn’t support it by staying there. If you love traveling, then don’t stop when you have children. What better way to share the experience with the younger generation than to go places together, to see the sights and learn new things? It’s a togetherness thing and one that should be experienced as a family.
Rachel Dodds and Richard Butler are seasoned travelers and have taken their children and grandchildren to visit countries around the world. With a wealth of experience, they not only have stories to share, but they have a lot of sound advice to help others travel with children to make it a rewarding and responsible adventure for everyone. Are We There Yet? is more than just a guide full of travel tips. It’s an adventure in itself, as the authors share countless tales of what can happen while taking children on the trip of a lifetime. The book is well organized, with detailed chapters that include sage advice on everything from planning the trip to summing up the adventure with more activities after returning home. Responsible traveling is a key point throughout, as adults and children alike must learn respect, not only for the country they visit but also for the people they meet. Each well-documented chapter has true experience stories that will heighten readers’ awareness of what can happen, and what children can truly learn from these travel adventures. Traveling with children doesn’t have to be a challenge, but a learning and enjoyable experience for the entire family. This is the book to help us do just that.