My family loves to travel together. I really think exploring new places with my kids is one of my absolute favorite parts of parenting. None of the distractions of home, we’re having fun, and always learning something new. On our bucket list is to take the kids to Yellowstone so I was excited to have the opportunity to partner with Fodor’s and Penguin Random House to share these must-haves for a family road trip out west!
Fodor’s The Complete Guide to National Parks of the West
When you’re planning your summer vacation with the kids, Fodor’s Travel is the go-to for making the most of your trip. I was just looking at some of their books on Amazon (all very highly rated) and they are lifesavers when you’re trying to discover the important landmarks in a new place.
For 80 years Fodor’s has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, their experts unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders. Throughout 2016, all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel in their natural, historical, and cultural splendor.
There are so many amazing parks in the western part of the USA, and since we are not familiar with any of it we definitely need some help planning a road trip. It’s seriously overwhelming to think about doing that on our own. Thankfully Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries include the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states. Hallelujah! Let’s just be real here: traveling is so much fun but it can add up in terms of $$, and you want to make the most of your time and see the important stuff while you’re there. Fodor’s makes doing that EASY.
On May 10, Fodor’s The Complete Guide to The National Parks of the West will be available to buy. This edition includes completely updated coverage of the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park. I feel the best summer road trip ever coming on!
Penguin Random House Listening Library
While road tripping can be serious fun, it can also lead to cries of ‘Are we there yet?’ from the back seat. Parents, I know you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about here. The solution? Audiobooks!
With an audiobook, you can completely lose yourself in the journey, enjoying the scenery while listening to a great narrator tell you a story. Ideal listening with kids in the car, audiobooks expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension. In fact, 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening.
Penguin Random House sent us these three audiobooks and we have been loving them. My son, who is only 7, is actually listening to Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, and he is really enjoing it. A brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, is perfect for a road trip, and so is Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels. Love it when a voice I recognize is the narrator!
I was trying to save these audiobooks for our summer travels but these two couldn’t wait that long! A little quiet time with your pup and a good story is just what we all need once in a while.
The folks at Penguin Random House are generously offering one of my readers a #FodorsOnTheGo Travel Prize Pack to plan the perfect summer road trip west!
One (1) winner receives:
- Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West;
- 3 audiobooks to listen to on the drive: The Fourteenth Goldfish, Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, and Call of the Wild;
- PLUS a $25 Visa gift card to put towards filling up the tank!
This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ only and will end at 11:59pm ET on May 16, 2016. Good luck!