Cultural Family Holidays Get a New Spin


Luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel is teaming up with children’s travel author Isabelle Demenge to supply her Leap & Hop book series to their clients in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.
Lightfoot are excited to supply these books, as keeping children interested is always a huge concern when designing cultural holidays for families.

“Kids can only visit so many temples before the boredom starts to set in. With these books, suddenly a temple is no longer just a temple, but a new challenge that they can busy themselves for hours with,” says Lightfoot Travel’s Founder, Simon Cameron. The series has four editions currently in print covering Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan and Hong Kong.

Each book features almost 100 pages of rich photography, illustrations by artist Emilie Sarnel, activities, and space for children to record their own travel stories. The first half of each book introduces the country, incorporating interactive exercises such as quizzes, crossword puzzles and drawings. The second half of each book focuses on specific locales in each country or region.

Demenge states, “I was looking for children’s books to prepare (my kids) for a family trip to Cambodia and could not find anything, so I did a lot of research and wrote a book myself”.

She now does her research with kids in tow, creating the activities for them to do beforehand and gauging their reaction to each one at the respective destination.

Leap & Hop books are suitable for children aged six to 12, and the next destinations on Demenge’s radar are Bali, Thailand, Beijing and Myanmar.

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