This is one of the websites recommended by Frommer’s. You need to become a member to access most of the content on this website. For me, that’s a distraction that I’d rather not have to deal with. Membership costs $3.95 (1 month) – $38 (1 year). The benefits of membership include: information for planning a trip; travel agent; deals; bulletin boards (www.familytravelboards.com); counselors; newsletter; discounts; open forum: tidbits/leaders from member articles & boards for non-members to view.
It may be that the owners of this website are changing their opinion on using membership to constrain access to their content: I found a beta site www.tinytravelers.net which seemed to include a lot of the same content, but without requiring paid membership.
In terms of the content , there are lots of articles on a wide variety of travel and family-travel related topics on this website which are organized into different categories within “Planning” and “Resources”. However, for example, the “Family Preferences/Ideas for … “,Â an option under “Planning” on the main page, seems at first as if it’s a useful tool for trip ideas suited to a specific age group. But, the page of “ideas” is long and unwieldy making it difficult to find what you’re looking for.
The Search box also seems useful at first. However, the search results include both Deals and Articles. The results are displayed as a long list without any organization – except that Deals are listed first.Â ThisÂ is a nuisance ifÂ the topic you’re searching on (e.g. Spain)Â returns many related Deals and/or Articles.Some of the articles on this website are written by travel writers who have never traveled with kids (Airplane Survival Kit); someÂ who have (“Daddy, When Are We Going Home?”); and some areÂ obviously sourced through services (Packing Tips).
For me, the authentic voice of an experienced wander-parent was much more interesting than either of the other two kinds of articles. While I was poking around this website, I noticed that my browser was blocking pop-ups constantly. if I didnâ€™t have a blocker, this would have really distracted from the usability of the website.
Â Next up: www.travelwithyourkids.com