Travel writing

In 14 days we embark upon another adventure. We drive to Sydney (via the wonderful Spirit of Tasmania), catch a flight to Auckland and then board the Celebrity Solstice for 12 relaxing days cruising around New Zealand and back to Sydney. Can't wait!

This week I had to write a regular blog for the Tasmanian branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and as we'd had visitors staying for quite a while and we're not pretty much focussed on packing, I hadn't read anything that I could write about. So I Googled 'children's books about travel' and was amazed to find there are travel books out there, specifically for kids.

Lonely Planet, who incidentally has just voted Tasmania one of the top 10 destinations in the world, has a 'Not for Parents' series - 'for budding travel lovers 8 and up' which includes The Travel Book. This contains 'cool stuff everyone should know like where you can see Platform 9 ¾ in real life, why New York taxis are painted yellow, and – that burning question that every youngster is dying to ask – did the ancient Romans wear underpants?'


Then there's 101 Cities for Kids, a terrific book about family friendly cities, full of activities and sights for kids and their families.

But just a minute - I'm planning to write travel articles about family-friendly destinations, so hasn't it already been done? Well, no, because I live in Tasmania and we have some of the best family and kids' attractions and activities in the world!

And I bet they're not listed in either of the above publications...