Tales of travel with children every parent needs to read

Kidding Around book coverTravelling with children isn’t just about the experiences we have in the moment: It’s also about the stories we gather on our journeys. Those stories can live on for months, years, even a lifetime. BritMums was thrilled to be part of the new Bradt travel book, Kidding Around: Tales of Travel with Children, required reading for anyone who has a passion for travel and wants to share that love with their families.

Win a copy of Kidding Around!

We’re giving away 2 copies of this fabulous book. There are two ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post about a favourite family trip or someplace you’d like to go with your family OR
  • Tweet your comment about a favourite family trip or someplace you’d like to go with your family using #KiddingAroundTravel and tagging @BritMums 
  • Hurry! Giveaway ends Monday 16 December at 23:59. (Here are the Terms & Conditions.)

Kidding Around is a collection of 35 true tales – plus a poem – about the perils and pleasures of travel with children, from ill-tempered toddlers to world-weary teenagers.

These family travel tales are hair-raising, comical or just plain fun, and feature magical moments with wild creatures or in wild places. For anyone who has ever travelled with their precious offspring, or wondered what it’s like to head into the unknown with little ones in tow, Kidding Around is a cautionary and captivating read.

The kind of stories that make us want to travel

With this book you can go to locations across five continents. There’s plenty of adventurous travel, including trekking with tots in the Himalayas, sailing en famille across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first circumnavigation of Mauritius by bicycle. Find out what happened when a father inadvertently took his daughters to a brothel, and read how one family turned up six hours early for a flight… and still managed to miss it. Join families paddling with crocodiles and getting their jeep stuck on a beach as the tide is coming in, and watch events unfold as three-year-old Quin befriends a family of cockroaches.

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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, CNN.com, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.


  1. Shelley Hastings
    12 December 2019 / 16:08

    I was taken wild camping and made to eat my morning cereal off a rock by my dad. We jumped walls, were smuggled into festivals under blankets. I don’t have the same fearlessness with my kids but love to be inspired to take them to new places wherever the budget.

  2. 16 December 2019 / 20:55

    My son and I dreams of travelling to Japan as we both love Studio Ghibli and anime stuff. I wish we can go soon!

  3. 29 August 2020 / 10:39

    One of my favourite family memories is a day trip to Barry Island and eating chips by the seaside. The having some warm doughnuts. Great blog by the way.