- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 23, 2002

Books

• "AAA Travel Tips You Can Trust," by Anne McAlpin, AAA Publishing, 2002. The author is a travel writer and packing expert who offers practical tips for family travel in this book.

• "Simplify Family Travel: How to Plan a Family Vacation the Whole Family Will Enjoy," by Christine Loomis, Reader's Digest, 1998. This book is a wonderful resource for planning vacations, from deciding where to go, to car activities, to preparing for travel emergencies.

• "Have Kid, Will Travel: 101 Survival Strategies for Vacationing With Babies and Young Children," by Claire Tristam and Lucille Tristam, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997. Parents of very young travelers will find practical advice in this book.

Association

• AAA, 701 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Phone: 888/859-5161 or 202/331-3000. Web site: www.aaamidatlantic.com. The AAA is a great resource for travelers. It has tips, articles, maps and publications, as well as roadside assistance and travel discounts for members.

Online

• At www.momsminivan.com, a site started by a well-traveled mother of three, visitors can find tips for travel with children of all ages, as well as game ideas for car trips.

• At the Family Travel Files (www.thefamilytravelfiles.com), another site founded by families that love to travel, visitors can find destinations based on the ages of the travelers. There are also maps and such resources as currency converters, weather charts and ATM locators.

• Family Travel Forum Inc. (www.familytravelforum.com) has articles on taking children to exotic destinations, as well as practical tips for all travelers.

• Fodors, the travel book publisher, has extensive family travel information on its Web site (www.fodors.com/familytravel), including links to other family travel sites and articles.

• On www.packitup.com, the Web site of packing expert Anne McAlpin, visitors can find useful tips on saving suitcase space and organizing luggage.

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