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Awesome Lonely Planet Children’s Travel Books (Giveaway)

Lonely Planet Children's Travel Books

We had a very special delivery, this suitcase looks like it was made for our travel themed hall and inevitably being travel lovers, the whole family was fighting over it. The contents however, soon distracted them, Lonely Planet Kids launched four new children’s travel books which all have a unique slant. All of them are really inspiring and would make excellent Christmas gifts for families who love to travel.

This half term we are really excited to be off to Edinburgh with Visit Scotland. Lonely Planet guides are essential wherever you go in the world, but sometimes in the rush to pack and prepare for a holiday it is easy to forget to get the kids inspired about travel, and where they are travelling to. I have been busy scouting out the coolest family friendly places in Edinburgh – let me know if you have any tips too – but I realised the kids weren’t even that sure where Edinburgh was, or even what it was…

Step in Lonely Planet Children’s Travel Books

You Rule

My little dictators took an immediate shine to You Rule! And who can blame them?

Tired of following other people’s rules? Think you can do better? Now’s your chance. We’ll show you how to design a completely new nation from scratch. You’ll choose where it’s located, what it looks like, how many people live in it, what they do and how they travel. You’ll get to decide, organise, govern and judge. You can be king, queen, big chief, emperor, president or dictator. Because right here, right now, you rule!

We talked about the fact Edinburgh is the second largest city, in another country that borders England. I am now expecting to have to google lots more interesting questions about how Scotland is ruled and organised over our holiday!

The Travel Book

Sometimes we get brilliant travel ideas from our kids, this one didn’t disappoint, The Travel Book is coffee table travel inspiration for kids.

This incredible book covers every country in the world, with amazing facts on sports, wildlife, how people live, their fabulous food and a wide range of quirky insights on every page. With a mix of stunning photography and beautiful illustrations, every country is brought to life before your eyes.

We looked up Scotland and found out the national animal is the Unicorn, discovered which countries haggis, bagpipes, kilts and tartan actually originated in (Clue – not Scotland) and the story of Greyfriars Bobby captured our dog loving hearts and gave us something else to look out for in Edinburgh.


How to be an International spy

 Mr G snuck off with this book and it is still hidden in a secret location in his bedroom…

There is no going back, agent. Once you enter How to be an International Spy your training will begin as you join the secret world of spies. Your training will take you through the ranks from recruit to secret agent, giving you a host of skills to put into covert operation immediately. Join us now, we’ll take you deeper undercover as you prepare to be a real spy!

He is looking forward to testing his new skills in a new city, a spy mission in Edinburgh!


adventures-around-the-globe Lonely Planet Kids' Travel books

For younger readers aged 3 plus, Adventures Around the Globe is a lovely way to interact and come to terms with the world via sticker and colouring fun.

This special edition Atlas takes young readers on a non-stop tour of the continents, adding fun and humour along the way. Introducing each continent in turn with a beautifully illustrated map, then delving deeper into some of the most iconic sights, readers can even add stickers and colour to the stunning scenes. There’s also a fold-out surprise – a 3D model of the globe to make, cherish and track the globe-trotting adventure.

I think this would be a lovely gift for my 3yo nephew – although older children can definitely appreciate this two – my two loved sticker books and they are great on aeroplanes to keep them busy.



I have one copy of a book of your choice of the four above to win, just leave a comment below telling me which you would like to win and why and complete the rafflecopter to register your entry and access extra entries.

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Plus, win the suitcase and all the books over on the travel site I co-edit, Space In Your Case.

Terms and Conditions

There is one prize of a Lonely Planet Book from the 4 mentioned in the blog post. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents, excluding employees and relatives of Lonely Planet and Parentshaped
Closing date for entries is 14/11/2015
One entry per person
Entrants must log into rafflecopter and comment on the blog.
Optional entry methods are to follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on Twitter.
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
This is a joint promotion between Lonely Planet and Parentshaped.
Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.



  1. Tracy Nixon
    23/10/2015 / 2:19 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe because my two boys are learning about maps and different countries at school and they would find it useful!

  2. Sally Collingwood
    23/10/2015 / 4:29 pm

    Adventures around the globe

  3. Deborah Smith
    23/10/2015 / 4:34 pm

    How to be an international spy.

  4. kim neville
    23/10/2015 / 4:37 pm

    Would love to win the Travel book for my son as he would find very interesting

  5. clair downham
    23/10/2015 / 6:07 pm

    how to be an international spy my son would love it

  6. melanie stirling
    23/10/2015 / 6:47 pm

    The Travel book please,this would be suitable for my nephew and niece to both look at together.

  7. laura banks
    23/10/2015 / 7:32 pm

    how to be an international spy my son loves james bond

  8. Lynsey Buchanan
    24/10/2015 / 5:51 am

    I think Adventures Around the Globe would be the book my daughter would most enjoy.

  9. Ruth Harwood
    24/10/2015 / 10:15 am

    Adventures around the globe looks great for our cultural learnings xx

  10. Samantha Loughlin
    24/10/2015 / 12:28 pm

    My daughter would love the travel book

  11. Paula Readings
    24/10/2015 / 2:14 pm

    Adventures around the globe, so we can show my grandson all the places we have been.

  12. abigail edkins
    24/10/2015 / 4:56 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe – its for younger readers and has stickers

  13. claire woods
    25/10/2015 / 10:22 am

    How to be an International Spy because my son would love this.

  14. Sarah L
    25/10/2015 / 7:05 pm

    My kids would love these books! They really enjoy learning and love exploring and adventures so they would really enjoy these books!

  15. kim plant
    25/10/2015 / 7:08 pm

    adventures around the globe for my son for xmas he would love it x

  16. Jessica Woods
    25/10/2015 / 7:18 pm

    Adventures around the world please x

  17. 26/10/2015 / 12:05 am

    id love to win adventures around globe. my son is so interested in the world around us – he’d love it!

  18. Jon Sellers
    27/10/2015 / 2:07 pm

    My grand children think they are international spies anyway so probably best if I choose the International Spy book

  19. Becky
    28/10/2015 / 7:26 am

    ooh definitely the travel book

  20. iain maciver
    28/10/2015 / 8:42 pm

    the travel book

  21. Jo Addison
    04/11/2015 / 8:53 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe looks great fun! Would love to win this!

  22. laura stewart
    06/11/2015 / 12:41 pm

    Adventures around the globe xx

  23. Alice Fox
    06/11/2015 / 1:26 pm

    The Travel Book xx

  24. Rachel Craig
    06/11/2015 / 6:16 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe. Great – Nephew calls a day out an Adventure, he would love this book, he would learn much from it for future Adventures.

  25. Kirsty Webb
    06/11/2015 / 6:37 pm

    Adventures around the globe

  26. sarah rees
    06/11/2015 / 6:50 pm

    the spy one, as my son loves to sneak

  27. Michelle Ferguson
    06/11/2015 / 7:54 pm

    The travel book as would be good for my nephews holiday next year

  28. 07/11/2015 / 12:24 am

    Adventures around the globe would be great for learning about new places x

  29. Isabel O
    07/11/2015 / 10:32 am

    The Create Your Own Country book sounds most fun- maybe just because I’m a control freak haha!

  30. Rachael W
    07/11/2015 / 4:45 pm

    Adventures around the world

  31. Andrea Fletcher
    07/11/2015 / 5:32 pm

    Adventures around the globe looks interesting.

  32. Viv C
    07/11/2015 / 10:46 pm

    Adventures around the globe – my daughter loves activity books

  33. jemma dwyer
    08/11/2015 / 9:39 pm

    the travel book 😀 x

  34. Caroline Buckley
    09/11/2015 / 8:24 am

    The travel book please because my son likes learning new facts

  35. Kim McCreight
    09/11/2015 / 12:55 pm

    My favourite is the “you rule” book. I think it’s very clever. Its educational, yet also fun! Inspiring young readers to take an interest in culture, politics and the wonderful world we live in! Brilliant! Would love to win this for my son!

  36. Tracy C
    09/11/2015 / 6:54 pm

    I think my daughter would love The Travel Book, she loves learning new facts.

  37. Deb Alexander
    09/11/2015 / 8:23 pm

    My 3 would love how to be an international spy x

  38. Katie Walker
    09/11/2015 / 11:00 pm

    You rule – I think it teaches kids about how many things lie behind a countries operations

  39. stacey turner
    10/11/2015 / 2:37 pm

    How to be an International Spy – daughter would love this one

  40. Keith Hunt
    10/11/2015 / 4:05 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe as we travel alot.

  41. Karen Hughes
    10/11/2015 / 7:39 pm

    how to be an international spy sounds super fun, sounds like a great book!

  42. 11/11/2015 / 8:10 am

    How To Be An International Spy – I know it would appeal to my grandson

  43. claire sen
    12/11/2015 / 5:41 pm

    I think the travel book looks lovely

  44. MichelleD
    12/11/2015 / 6:14 pm

    My Daughter would love how to be an international spy!

  45. Sheri Darby
    12/11/2015 / 8:27 pm

    The Travel Book looks great fun

  46. Michelle Phillips
    12/11/2015 / 8:50 pm

    Adventures around the globe 🙂

  47. Nancy Bradford
    12/11/2015 / 10:42 pm

    I’d like to win and read the “You Rule” book. It looks very interesting x

  48. olivia Kirby
    12/11/2015 / 11:34 pm

    Adventures Around the Globe as it’s most suited to my children’s ages

  49. Natalie Crossan
    13/11/2015 / 12:45 am

    How to be an International Spy appeals to us because my daughter considers herself a bit of a ninja!

  50. Kelly L
    13/11/2015 / 1:09 am

    The travel book as my son loves geography!

  51. 13/11/2015 / 7:29 am

    You Rule! sounds like it would create a lot of imaginative play.

  52. 13/11/2015 / 9:11 am

    The travel books looks really good – educational and fun at the same time! (@PeanutHog)

  53. Ray Becker
    13/11/2015 / 10:14 am

    how to be an international spy our grandson would like this

  54. Laura Pritchard
    13/11/2015 / 10:17 am

    Adventures Around the Globe – my son would love looking through this with me!

  55. Corinne Peat
    13/11/2015 / 1:33 pm

    Adventures around the globe for my son

  56. Kate Sabin-Burns
    13/11/2015 / 2:20 pm

    How to be a spy! Looks good 😀

  57. cat culmer
    13/11/2015 / 3:48 pm

    I’d love to win Adventures Around the Globe. It looks like it’d be a handy learning tool

  58. Theresa Thomas
    13/11/2015 / 5:14 pm

    The Travel Book, I would like to think it will encourage my son to travel one day.

  59. Hekna
    13/11/2015 / 5:49 pm

    Adventures Around The Globe sounds like a lot of fun. Would enjoy making the globe with my little one!

  60. Gemma Cook
    13/11/2015 / 6:11 pm

    Adventures Around The Globe sounds, my little boy would love this, he loves space and anything about earth. Thank you for the chance x

  61. Kate B
    13/11/2015 / 6:19 pm

    ‘The Travel Book’ as my son is obsessed with maps, flags, countries….anything to do with geography, really!

  62. Emma Fox
    13/11/2015 / 7:37 pm

    My son would love Adventures around the Globe as he loves to learn about other countries and this looks like a fun way to do it.

  63. Sharon Burroughs
    13/11/2015 / 8:23 pm

    Adventures around the globe looks like a fab book, both my kids would love it

  64. Victoria Prince
    13/11/2015 / 8:23 pm

    How to be an International Spy because it sounds great fun, it would really appeal 🙂

  65. Clare Hubbard
    13/11/2015 / 8:27 pm

    My son loves learning about different countries and adventures around the globe looks ideal for him

  66. Jill fairbank
    13/11/2015 / 9:09 pm

    How to be an international spy for my son I have heard good reviews

  67. Teresa Sheldon
    13/11/2015 / 9:54 pm

    How to be an international spy my gorgeous grandson William would love this he loves James Bond

  68. Sam Cornford
    13/11/2015 / 10:04 pm

    Adventures around the globe, my daughter loves stickers.

  69. Harley
    13/11/2015 / 10:17 pm

    Adventures around the globe – love a sticker

I'd love to know your thoughts!