Want to really give your kids an education? Get them a passport and book a trip. So says Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and father of three (two of whom are under the age of 10), who just published 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth ($19) a guide for parents looking to give their tots a true global education.
According to Bellows, "The travel industry often lets kids down. They don't look at the world through the eyes of children, so you get a lot of the kids clubs, you get a lot of the canned experiences, you get parents dragging kids for six hours through a museum and I really felt that was a disservice to the next generation. So I wanted to write a book that took the point of view that travel is our greatest learning experience. I really believe that the passport is your diploma."
But how to get started in this learning adventure? I spoke with the author and got his best tips for traveling with small kids — from where to go to when to start doing it! Click through for his advice.