Monday, December 28, 2009

Tales from a Traveling Mum

I just finished reading an absolutely delightful book entitled Tales from a Traveling Mum-Navigating Europe with a Babe in Arms by Alice Griffin. It was exactly what I was looking for; an easy and delightful read full of adventure and inspiration. In it, Alice, (along with her husband, Scott, newborn daughter, Isabella and dog, Milla) takes us through France, Greece, Norway and Spain.

I absolutely loved this book. Perhaps it was because I myself once traveled through Spain, or because my husband and I once traveled and lived in a van with kittens, or maybe it was because I wholeheartedly believe in instilling a sense of travel and adventure in my son.

Whatever the reason, Alice’s writing is warm and engaging and difficult to put down. Tales from a Traveling Mum inspires you to engage with the world whether you are going across the ocean or just to the corner store. As she says, travel “is not about escaping from life, but about indulging in life…” As I read her words I was encouraged to dream about our next family adventure and to actually start planning it.

If you are a new mother and looking for someone who will encourage you to keep adventuring with your child, then this is the book for you. It is a practical resource as well as an inspirational one. Alice’s helpful tips range from how to get a passport picture of your child to turn out to what essentials to bring when traveling with a young child. The final chapter of the book is written by four other traveling mothers and gives four other wonderful perspectives on how to travel with multiple children and how to travel on a budget.

I look forward to following Alice on her blog and to hearing much more from her as she continues her journey. Learn more about Alice at

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