Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Best Family Destinations...Review and Giveaway!

If you are like me, you have seen and/or read those great "Complete Idiot's Guide" books.  These guides give you the basics on all sorts of things like crafting, cooking, finance, parenting...if you have a question there is more than likely a "Complete Idiot's Guide" for it.  I actually used on of their home buying books in the past and it was incredibly helpful.  I was excited to hear about a new release, The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Best Family Destinations".  My husband and I really like to travel but have done little of it since the kiddos have arrived.  We are starting to venture our more and a guide to family friendly  places would be super helpful.  Here is the scoop on this new release...

Planning a family vacation is exciting, but finding a destination that will appeal to multiple ages and interests can be a challenge.  While the internet has become a primary tool for vacation planning, helping families decide when to go, how much to spend, what to do once they arrive, etc., it falls short in organizing information in one place that helps families decide where to go in the first place. In The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to the Best Family Destinations experienced travel writer Kyle McCarthy, with the assistance of traveler reviews from one of the top family travel sites, FamilyTravelForum.com, takes readers through five U.S. regions, Canada, and Mexico, uncovering the top 200 destinations for family travelers. Destination categories include:

·         Top theme parks, family beaches, and other outdoor adventures
·         The best road trips
·         Most accessible national parks, eco-adventures, and recreation areas
·         Rich cultural spots, including the best museum, event, or folk culture
·         Can’t miss historical sites

This book is a super resource.  It gives you the rundown of not only a huge variety of places but also a huge selection of different things to do.  I will say that this book gives a very broad look of locations (of course if it was more specific it would be too heavy to lug around!!) so it is a good starting point.  I just used this book a couple of weeks ago when we took a quick trip to Burlington.  I had no idea there was a teddy bear factory there (or anything really besides a big college town!) or we could take a tour of Ben & Jerrry's...yum!  This book made our trip much more enjoyable because we were able to plan ahead.

I would highly recommend this book if you are planning a family vacation especially if you are trying to nail down a specific location.  It is also, I think, particularly helpful on a road trip.  Driving through Rhode Island on the way to Florida?  Check out fun spots for the kids!  Thumbs up from this traveling Mom!  Pick up a copy today on Amazon...




TWO lucky RBM readers will win a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Best Family Destinations (get packing!!).  Here is how to enter...



Mandatory Entry:  Tell me what part of the country you would most like to take a family trip to and what kind of trip you would enjoy.  For me it is Florida all the way with a long stay at Disney!
You must complete this entry for all others to be counted.

For Extra Entries:

1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3. Like The Complete Idiot's Guides on Facebook = 1 entry
4.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per giveaway entered.
5.  Enter this giveaway in a giveaway linky and let me know where = 1 entry per additional linky
6.  Follow The Complete Idiot's Guide on Twitter = 1 entry
7.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it (each can be done once daily)  = 1 entry per each
8.  Write a review of RBM on Alexa and let me know you have done so  = 3 entries 
9.  Comment on one of my non giveaway posts and let me know you have done so = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US residents and will end on March 22nd.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on March 23rd and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the mentioned book  for purpose of review. The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

57 comments:

Kimberly said...

I would love to take the family to Florida for a Disney Cruise
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Stacy's Lame Blog said...

I would love to go to Maine....my mom grew up going there each summer and I would love to stay in a little cabin on the lake.

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bitt said...

I love a beach trip with kids.

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Nikki said...

Disney World is my first choice, but my son really wants to go on a Nickelodeon cruise. I'd also love to take him to Alaska, I've never been there and it would be neat.

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KT said...

I would love to take my family to the mountains in colorado!

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Amy B. said...

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Ingrid said...

I'd love to bring the family to Colorado!

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Patricia said...

I would love to go on a family trip to Alaska! It would be incredible to take an Alaskan Cruise to see the beautiful scenery and of course the wonderful animals! That is my dream trip for my family!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to take a road trip out West.

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Shanee said...

We are hoping for a trip to Disney World in a year or so. Other than that my top pick is Ireland!

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Shannon said...

I would love to explore New England and I love to do a road trip

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ruslady said...

i'd love to go to Virginia, DC, all historical parts
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Anonymous said...

i'd like to take my family to Grand Canyon
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tina reynolds said...

I would like to take a roadtrip to disneyland and universal studios eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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valerie2350 said...

Florida - haven't ever been

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Donna said...

I would like to go to the Phoenix area.
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