TRAVELFORKIDS.COM – First Anniversary sees coverage expanding into North America

Lafayette, California
April 20, 2001

TRAVELFORKIDS.COM, published by Globetracks, Inc., is celebrating its one-year anniversary by expanding family travel guide coverage into North America.

Not just another hotel, airfare, and rental car travel web site, Travel for Kids is the essential planning guide for your family vacation this summer. Noted for tips on how to create personal and memorable adventures in foreign places from Tokyo to Toronto, Travel for Kids makes good on their promise: "Where to find the fun things to do and the best sites to see with your kids all over the world."

In its first year it has received high praise from all kinds of web sites, including the Kim Kommando international radio show/web site, the travel industry newsletter TravelMole, and has been added as a "must read" to scores of travel web sites around the world, such as KTVLA, Lets Take the Kids, PocketParent and PAX Family Club.

Write-ups have received raves from readers who say they are encouraged and inspired to consider travel options with their kids. A Swede living in Spain with his British wife wrote that they were taking their kids to Munich and found Travel for Kids the best site they'd seen for families!

Travel for Kids has been designed with great tips for everyone from the seasoned traveler to the first-timer. Unlike the typical web site, Travel for Kids gets past the "top 10" lists and provides insights into how a traveling family can find the most kid-friendly must-dos (like museums and exhibits), suggests local favorites such as parks for picnics and romping, ideas for alternate ways of touring (renting bikes, boats, horses etc.), and clever articles such as "When to Scrimp, How to Splurge" and "Making Your Trip a Kids' Treasure Hunt."

A quick scan reveals treasure maps to places families really appreciate: the Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco, the best playground on Lake Titicaca in Peru, the place where you can hold a baby organgutan in Malaysia (Matang Wildlife Centre), how to touch the sky in the Canadian Rockies (Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola), or where to find Sleeping Beauty's castle (just follow Germany's Fairy Tale Road).

Travel for Kids is constantly adding information on destinations from Europe (Germany, France, and The Netherlands recently expanded) to Asia (more details on Japan and Bali) to Latin America (great coverage of Macchu Picchu, The Galapagos, Maya ruins in Guatemala) as well as Travel Essentials, such as how to pack for the family.

Now North America, Globetracks "own backyard," is being added.

In the United States they've started with the most popular tourist destination: California. The write-up on San Francisco, is excellent: even locals might be surprised to learn how much is in Golden Gate Park. Among the 20 or so tips? "go see the Bison who have been grazing in Golden Gate Park for over a 100 years... take a pony or horse trail ride, accompanied by a guide over 20 miles of horse trails in the park…you can rent bikes, scooters, skates, and pedal surreys for two, four, or six people…or boat around Stow Lake with pedal boats, row boats and electric boats…explore the exquisite landscape, beautiful red pagoda and temple gate, ponds, waterfalls and sunken gardens of the Japanese Tea Garden…at the Morrison Planetarium see what's coming this year - meteor showers, or solar eclipses …even a restroom is worth finding! One is located in the Pioneer Log Cabin, made of redwood logs floated down the river from Northern California.

In Canada, Ontario joins Alberta and British Columbia. Find out about Toronto's "Cycling Map" with 90 km of trails and the PATH system: a 10 km underground pedestrian shopping area. Check out a glass floor suspended 1,122 feet in the air where kids can jump around like Superman, a place where kids can have a blast putting on masks & gloves to "play" against Wayne Gretzky or Mark Messier, a shoe museum with 10,000 shoes spanning 4,500 years from Chinese bound foot shoes to Elton John's platforms (after touring, kids can do shoe "dress up"), a working farm in the heart of the city with daily demos of milking, butter making, and wool spinning, or try the water park with a huge 873 foot long waterslide, a pipeline that shoots two-man tubes along twisty tunnels, and the world's longest slip-n-slide.

Another nice feature: unlike typically cluttered travel web sites, the pages of Travel for Kids are laid out with minimal graphics, making it accessible to almost any computer. Instead of tricky graphics, readers are treated to great in-depth, useful coverage that's presented in a clean, easy-to-read and easy-to-print format.

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